This DIY chalkboard wall was a breeze to put together! All you need is a few quality products, a good tutorial (YOU FOUND IT!), and a little bit of time and you can be drawing on your walls in no time!
The first time I noticed a chalkboard wall I was having dinner at a trendy outdoor gastropub type of restaurant with an adult bevvy in my hand. I thought it was sooooooo freaking cool/hip/dope or whatever they say these days and decided right then and there that I would someday have one of those cool chalkboard walls. After seeing it with my own eyes, I started noticing them pop up everywhere from restaurants to salons (oh yeah, and Pinterest!), so I decided to do a little bit of research on them to see how easily they could be to put together. I found quite a few DIY tutorials but all were very vague and didn’t give me much insight on which products to use or the time frame I should expect from start-to-finish.
Sooooo here I am, many moons later, with my DIY chalkboard wall in my farmhouse complete , ready to show you a more detailed tutorial than what I could find on the internet and also what NOT to do during this process. Let me make the mistakes for you, mmmmkay?
Okay, so you are going to need some things! Maybe you already have most of these items like I did because you are renovating and painting your whole damn house. But maybe not…. so here is a complete list of EVERYTHING that I used to pull off my DIY chalkboard wall (note: some of these links are affiliate links):
What You Need:
- Because of the size of my wall (it’s not just one wall, but a narrow three-sided wall dividing my kitchen and eat-in areas), I decided to use a 4″ paint roller instead of it’s full-sized older brother. I found it easier to apply the paint to my half-of-a-wall chalkboard wall.
- Next is a super important item! The fuzzy paint roller itself should be one for “smooth” surfaces, and not a multipurpose one or one that is made to cover more of a coarse surface (unless you want a really bumpy surface to write on! Heck no! Not with my chicken scratch!)
- You will also need a stir stick and a paint can opener (both of which are free when you buy your paint at Lowes or Home Depot!) or if you forgot to grab these, a sturdy flat head screw driver will open up your paint can (and your skin, so please be careful not to poke yourself! It hurts, I’ve done it.)
- A high quality fine bristle paint brush with the angled bristles is a must when painting around edges. If you are like many and do not color within the lines very well, may I suggest painters tape here too. I don’t use painters tape when cutting in edges and straight lines, but I have had a lot of practice painting free hand and paint a pretty smooth line. It’s up to you and your comfort level.
- Things start to get real when you have to decide which color painting tray to pick up. Just kidding, but do pick one up.
- You will need yourself some paint! I researched this part a bunch and then went to the home improvement store and hummed and hahed about what color to use over and over. Then I realized that what I was doing was boring and decided to go with black. Why? Because I thought black would really pop with my white and grey kitchen and entertaining areas of the farmhouse. You can basically get chalkboard paint in any color that you want these days. Then there is the question of which brand is best. After reading way too many reviews from other influencers, I decided on Valspar. I’ll tell you my thoughts on the paint down below.
- Because I drop EVERYTHING, I enlisted my trusty drop cloth to help me with my messes. And along those lines, I also had my arsenal of wet paper towels close at hand for little blurps and oooops’s along the way.
- Because I get really really REALLY excited about these kinds of things, I decided to prepare for my chalkboard’s first scribble session by picking up a package of Magic Erasers (this is key!) and some chalkboard chalk.
Here’s What You Need To Do:
- Prepare your space: Lay your drop cloth down, tape your edges with painters tape if you’re going to be using it, dampen your paper towels for those little mistakes, stir that paint can (for like 3-5 minutes!), get your roller, paintbrush, and painting tray ready, and turn on your painting music. It is now game time.
- I started with cutting in and painting the edges of my wall with the angled brush. Afterwards, I used my paint roller to fill in the majority of the wall. This paint has a different consistency than most other paints. I’m not sure if I would say that it’s necessarily thicker than other paints, but it goes on the wall kind of sticky. You will feel like a little bit of paint doesn’t go a long ways, and I felt the same. So don’t be surprised! On a side note, the can claimed that the paint would cover 100-125 square feet, and it did.
- With the Valspar paint, you must wait 24 hours between coats. This is the HARDEST part. I wanted to hurry up and paint a couple coats so I could get a jump start on all of my graffiti plans. But don’t do it! Be patient and let it dry completely for 24 hours before putting on another coat. You may need multiple coats like I did. A single can of paint got me my 3 coats that I needed.
- After you have done all your painting and all your waiting, then you must prime the wall with chalk. This step is a bit messy and will leave dust on the surrounding floor for you to sweep/mop/vacuum up. But whatevs, it’s completely worth the small mess. To prime your chalkboard wall simply flip a piece of chalk sideways (hotdog style) and coat the entire wall with a chalky haze. Here’s some pictures of what I am trying to explain:
- So your wall should look like a giant mess….
- Then, using your Magic Eraser, erase all of the chalk from the wall. Don’t even try using a regular eraser. For some reason it does NOT work at all. Neither do cloth towels or paper towels.
- Then get to writing. My next lesson that I need to learn is how to write “Pinteresty” in chalk because as you can see from the picture below, girl needs some help. I never claimed to be artistic.
Okay, so what are my thoughts on my DIY chalkboard wall?
- I thought it was a fairly easy process once I got over the fact that the paint was stickier and harder to spread than other paints.
- I LOVED that little mistakes were easy to clean up with a damp cloth just like latex paints
- I did notice a few small areas that bled or feathered out onto parts of my neighboring white wall that were not supposed to be painted with the chalkboard paint. Whoops! It was easily fixed by a little bit of extra white touch up paint that I had in storage.
- I didn’t like the long wait period between coats of paint, but that’s just me trying to be really nit-picky (and impatient) over the product.
- To wrap up my thoughts on the chalkboard paint, I would definitely recommend the Valspar brand to anyone wanting an affordable and easy DIY chalkboard wall. (I think I should also mention that this is in no way a sponsored post for any of the products that I have mentioned. I just really like these products!)
Let me know if y’all have any questions or if I didn’t explain myself correctly. I’d love to hear about your chalkboard paint stories and ideas! I’ve got a whole house to paint and decorate and would love your input!