Have you ever had a wall in your house that you just stare at everytime you walk in and go “Man, this wall could be so much cooler.”?
I have that wall right now. Or rather, I had that wall. There is a huge blank wall in our kitchen that you see when you walk in. We want to put a barn door on it to make the back bedroom and bathroom it’s own suite, but it’s going to be a custom design project that we just haven’t gotten around to.
So for the past six months, that wall had looked… dull. Beige and artless. Accented only by a trashcan and Moose, it doesn’t fit with the vibe we want for our home.
So I changed it. Here’s how:
Doing a chalkboard wall isn’t a tough project, but it does require prepwork.
Start off by figuring out what wall you want. How is it currently painted? A flat, contractor grade, or some shiny latex? Is it textured, or very smooth?
Our wall is slightly textured and had flat paint over the drywall, so we did a little more prepwork. We needed to prep the wall with a layer of primer: this helps create an even surface for the chalkboard paint to adhere too. If you’re painting on new drywall, the drywall will absorb the paint and it could make it look patchy. Primer helps prevent that.
The nape of your paint roller makes a difference! If you’re trying to have a smooth finish, go with a shorter nape. The quality of the roller makes a surprisingly big difference – spend the extra dollar or two for a premium brush and roller. Trust me.
I began by taping all of the edges that I didn’t want paint to get on, even around the corners. There is nothing worse than getting paint where you don’t want it – especially black paint next to a beige wall. The ScotchBlue tape is amazing – it gives such clean lines that I’ve struggled to get before with other tape brands, especially on textured walls.
First I painted a layer of primer, edging a 2″ boarder with my angled brush before filling in with the roller. I gave it four hours to dry before I did my first (thick) coat of blackboard paint.
Since our walls are slightly textured, I made sure I used the roller brush at all angles to get the most complete coverage. After letting the layer of chalkboard paint dry for 5 hours, I did a second layer which was recommended by the can and definately needed.
The next morning, I got up touched up a few spots that needed attention, and then we enjoyed our new black wall!
You’re supposed to wait four days for the paint to cure before using chalk on it. I ordered some sweet Chalkboard markers so I could draw cool designs and write messages. I’m taking a handlettering class in two weekends, so I can’t wait to add some fun new fonts to my artistic drawings!
Overall, the project cost me ~$50 and one day of work. Taping took me the longest. Actual painting only took ~1.5 hours, but there were long waits between coats for drying time. Which allowed me to go out and run errands, then come home and work on it for 20 minutes, then go do more errands. I started at 8am, which I highly recommend.