At the beginning of the summer, my dad and I (well mainly my dad haha) painted one of the walls in my bedroom with black chalk paint to make it a chalk wall! Since doing that, I’ve had so much fun doing artwork on it and just doodling all over it, so I thought it would be fun to share how to paint a chalk wall (or any other kind of chalkboard) with you guys!
Okay, so the actual painting of the wall was the easy bit- it only took us one day. The first thing we did was to prepare the wall for painting. To do this, we simply had to fill some holes from where I’d had photo frames hung up, and sand over any bumps in the wall. Then, we got down to painting!
We had picked up the paint from Homebase a couple of days before so we could just get straight to it. The paint we used was the Rust-Oleum Black – Chalkboard Paint (the non-magnetic one) and if you’re looking for blackboard paint for anything at all, I would highly recommend this one. We ended up doing only two coats in total- one in the morning and one later in the afternoon. We probably let the first coat dry for about 6 hours before we painted the next coat.
The next day, my wall was completely dry, however, there is one more thing that you have to do before you can start using your board, and that is to ‘season’ it. That probably sounds kinda weird but let me explain. The first time you use your wall, because it is brand new, little dust particles from the chalk will get trapped in the pores and crevices of the board. That means that even after you’ve rubbed off whatever you drew on the wall, there would always be a faint shadow of the first thing you ever drew on the wall! So, in order to prevent this from happening, you have to season your board.
To season your board, you have to turn your chalk (white works best- not coloured) on its side and rub it vertically up and down your board, covering the whole entire thing. Then, once you’ve covered everywhere, you have to rub it all off. This might sound like a bit of a waste, but it is definitely necessary.
Now you’ve seasoned your wall, you’re ready to start writing or drawing on it, and you can use it for basically anything!
But what if you don’t have a wall to turn into a blackboard? Fair point, so to help you out, here is a list of other ways to have a blackboard in your home without sacrificing a whole wall!
- Back of a door
- Inside a closet
- Under the stairs
- A small overhang/ jutting out wall
- A piece of wood which you can store under a bed and only get out when you want it
- A piece of wood in a big photo frame hung up on a wall
- Outside (back of a shed, for example)
As I said, I’ve had so much fun with my chalk wall. I doodle on it all the time, but I also like doing bigger drawings on it sometimes. My sisters also like to leave annoying messages for me on it at every opportunity, haha!
I hope this post has given you some knowledge and ideas about making your own blackboard!