Chalkboard Wall

Easy DIY chalkboard wall picture

This is the easiest project ever:

- An empty wall + 1 can chalkboard paint = instant conversation piece

 It took about 30 minutes to get the wall covered and it only cost $20.

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Wendy Kelly on Jun 07, 2012:

Great post! I'm just about to paint the back of an 8 foot by 4 foot bookcase with chalkboard paint -- in our gym/schoolroom!! I wish I were better with a camera, because I love this room -- rock climbing wall on one end, old fashioned desks at the other, with this large bookcase dividing the room -- the chalkboard will be the piece de resistance : )

And, by the way, 1/2 my dining room wall is primed with magnetic primer -- I used 4 coats and that is just about enough -- the more the better. Its an awesome wall -- great for magnetic poetry & hanging kids' stuff, etc...

Cheryl G on May 08, 2012:

I linked to this blog post today. I just recently finished my third chalkboard wall. I just found your blog today and l love this picture!

TessMahan on Jun 08, 2011:

I have bumby (textured) walls, and I really want an entire wall of chalkboard like in 500 Days of Summer. Can I still do the paint? Or will it just make writing harder and look stupid? Help please!

UmAnOnion on Feb 23, 2008:

I am going to paint a 4' x 6' piece of luan  (sp?)  with a wood frame behind it as an everchanging art  piece on my new apartment. its goingto be leaning against the wall so no worries about the weight of it. my one concern is the chalk dust... how do you keep it to a minimum and prevent it from flying all over the place??? I am going to have a lot of dark fabrics in the new space so chalk dust will show on most pieces.


Rachel on Feb 22, 2008:

my wall is bumpy as well, is it still possible to do this or would it be better just to put a chalkboard on the wall itself? looks great, nice job

AinshaNit on Feb 05, 2007:

enormous and fantastic!!

MOGREE on Jan 22, 2007:

What type of walls do people have, are they smooth?  I have a more bumpy texture.  Suggestions?

erinn on Dec 15, 2006:

I just helped a client do this in her kitchen-dining area.  We put two coats of magnetic paint on first.  Then two coats of chalkboard paint over it.  I wasn't sure about the magnetic paint still working, but it did.  She uses it for kid entertainment, a place to pin up the kids' artwork, and then she also uses it when she has dinner parties.  She writes the dinner menu up on the wall.  Her guests love it.  

SimpleMindedPapaZulu on Dec 09, 2006:

sounds pretty nifty.  i think im gonna give this a shot.

robophobic on Dec 07, 2006:

We had an old fridge that we painted as a chalkboard. The original paint was starting to flake off, so we sanded down the doors and used chalkboard spray-paint on them. We glued a thin wooden border around both doors, and now everyone wants to draw on our fridge!


MissGnomer on Dec 07, 2006:

I've been searching for anyone who's painted their fridge with chalkboard paint.  Any suggestions for painting on vinyl?

booizzy on Dec 06, 2006:

wooks, the finish will get even better after you draw and erase a few masterpieces.

wooks on Dec 06, 2006:

Hey just to follow up, my chalkboard paint came out nice and matte after another coat - the tin says you should sand between coats which'd probably help more too.

My kitchen now has an awesome chalkboard - thanks for the great post :) 

inkyR on Dec 03, 2006:

We have a chalkboard wall in our office. They are super rad.

kiddynomite on Nov 29, 2006:

that's awesome benmoore! i have been looking for something other than blue or green to do my daughters room in!when i do it i will let you know how it works!

wooks on Nov 29, 2006:

Hi, Jen - Cool idea, which I've now tried, but my chalkboard (schoolboard) paint ends up looking shiny - not the nice matte finish I remember from school - it looks like you got it right though, did your paint just come out like that or did you have to do something else?

roadvermin on Nov 22, 2006:

Interactive 'thrones' are so underrated!

This chalkboard wall is fantastic, thank you for the idea.

-RV's Girl

bruno on Nov 22, 2006:

Anybody heard of magnetic paint primer? Here's a link.

Alicia's mom used this stuff in their downstairs bathroom to make a magnetic poetry wall right across from the, uh, throne. Makes using the bathroom a lot more expressive.



booizzy on Nov 21, 2006:

That is a good questions, Gradon. I would imagine you can, but it might take a lot of coats to cover black chalkboard paint with white.

I've heard of putting up corkboard and painting that with chalkboard paint. Squares of corkboard might be pretty easy to put up and take down on rental walls.

gradontripp on Nov 21, 2006:

I love chalkboard walls, but I rent.  Can you cover it by simply priming and painting over it?

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