How-To Make a Chalkboard Wall

January 9, 2013

Chalkboard walls are not just for kids.  They are super fun & functional for everyone, at any age.  While the kids are busy creating new drawings, us moms are making lists so nothing’s forgotten at the store.  The need for a chalkboard wall in a home can also change and evolve as your family changes and grows.

Another plus about chalkboard walls is that with the use of chalkboard paint, they are super easy to create.  For less than $10 and a few spare hours, a new wall can be created anywhere in your home (or office)!

Inexpensive & Easy-To-Create "Framed" Chalkboard Wall using @frogtape by @Jenna_Burger, SASinteriors.net

Earlier this week, I shared my revamped CCC {Central Command Center}.  This 30″ wide spot in our home has had about 6 (or maybe more) makeovers, but it’s an intracle spot that keeps our family on track day-to-day.

For this new CCC, I decided to add a chalkboard backdrop.  To create this fun, yet important part of the wall, I used chalkboard paint.

chalkboard paint

This lil’ old can has been around for almost 2 years and has been used on a ton of projects.  The largest before this project was the chalkboard wall we created in the basement for the kids a couple of years back.  Anyway, this can has lasted a long time!

Before starting the chalkboard wall, I decided I wanted to create a “frame” surround.  There really is no “frame” on the wall, but by leaving 3″ of the yellow wall color, a “frame” surround was created.

Inexpensive & Easy-To-Create "Framed" Chalkboard Wall using @frogtape by @Jenna_Burger, SASinteriors.net

To create the frame, I applied two layers (two rows of tape side-by-side) of FrogTape.  This was my first time using FrogTape and I’m in love!  It was great.  Y’all know what a pain of a time I had when I painted the mouldings white, well this stuff would have come in handy.  Basically this tape has a sealer that when applied to the wall it doesn’t let paint seep underneath.  I had a few spots that the paint went under, but for the most part, it was great!

Inexpensive & Easy-To-Create "Framed" Chalkboard Wall using @frogtape by @Jenna_Burger, SASinteriors.netI wasn’t provided product from FrogTape.  I bought it myself because I’ve been wanting to try it out for a long time.  It gets my seal of approval!

Inexpensive & Easy-To-Create "Framed" Chalkboard Wall using @frogtape by @Jenna_Burger, SASinteriors.net

Once I applied the FrogTape and “burnished” it (pressed down really hard at the edges), I was able to start painting.

Inexpensive & Easy-To-Create "Framed" Chalkboard Wall using @frogtape by @Jenna_Burger, SASinteriors.net

I applied 3-4 coats of the chalkboard paint so the surface was fully covered and no wall color from underneath came through.

Once I knew no more coats were needed, I removed the paint.  If the paint is still wet, that’s okay.  As you peel away the tape, you’ll see your crisp, clean line! What a beauty.

Inexpensive & Easy-To-Create "Framed" Chalkboard Wall using @frogtape by @Jenna_Burger, SASinteriors.net

And then you’re ready to stand back and admire!

Inexpensive & Easy-To-Create "Framed" Chalkboard Wall using @frogtape by @Jenna_Burger, SASinteriors.net

Once your chalkboard wall is complete, the fun of either drawing or layering can begin! Since this is more of a functional spot than a fun spot, I created a Family Central Command Center.  This is how it resulted…  And you can learn more about it {here}.

Central Command Center_11a

Have you ever used chalkboard paint before? If so, what have you created?

Want to see more of my chalkboard projects (using this one can of paint)?
New Years Sparkly Tablescape with Chalkboard Candles
Kids Play Kitchen
Framed Chalkboard Medicine Cabinet
Chalkboard Platter


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Comments

  1. Grace Dobson says:

    I have had my chalkboard wall for 6 years. Very handy!!

  2. Jenna,

    Thanks for the post!!! You are so creative!

    Something to consider perhaps next time …is to give Chalk Paint® Decorative Paint by Annie Sloan in Graphite a try for this type of project project. My girlfriend has used both and said Chalk Paint® worked out the best. Three coats- no wax. Not to mention – you can then use it for your furniture too. : )

    Happy New Year!
    Tricia~ The Purple Painted Lady recently posted..Is a Wax Top Coat Important?

  3. What a great project!
    Does the wall have to be absolutely flat before you paint? Mine has a little bit structure in it.
    thanks!

    • I’m not sure what you mean by having a “bit of structure in it”, but I do recommend the wall be as smooth as possible. If it’s too bumpy, it might be difficult to use a piece of chalk on the surface. That being said, it doesn’t need to be super flat either. A typical wall surface is fine.

  4. Will a chalkboard wall go back to a regular easily, you think?

    We have a similar space like yours in our kitchen, except ours is formica that’s been painted over white. We’ve bought the chalkboard paint, but my husband doesn’t to paint the wall for fear that when we want to inevitably change it again, the chalk paint might always bleed through.

    He’s suggested getting a piece of lauan to paint with the chalkboard paint, then attach it to our wall.

    What are your thoughts after working with the product?

    • I don’t know for certain, but since it’s paint, it should. If you want to go back to a regular painted wall over chalkboard, I would sand it down and then use a primer before painting it a color. I hope this helps!

  5. Hi, I just painted my door that leads to garage. It’s super smooth and shiny. I sanded it, wiped off the dust and used deglosser on it. Then proceeded with Rustoleum chalkboard paint in black. It wasn’t smooth as I thought it would be. It’s kind of rough. I used 3/4″ nap roller. Am I doing something wrong or is this normal? Is there a way to make it smooth? Thanks!

    • The result when using chalkboard paint will never be as smooth as a regular chalkboard. Whether using a brush or a roller, there will still be marks and bumpiness. So you aren’t doing anything wrong, it’s just the nature of the product.

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