How To Paint a Chalkboard Wall

Guys, I FINALLY did it!! I’ve been itching to change this wall in Maddie’s room into a huge chalkboard wall and finally found the courage to do it! If you’ve also been interested in creating one in your space, read on to find out how easy & quick it is to create one!

Here’s what you’ll need:

Flat-finish latex paint (if your current wall has a gloss finish to it, you’ll need this)
Rust-Oleum Flat Black Chalkboard Paint
Mixing container
Paint stirrer
Roller paintbrush
150-grit sandpaper
Paper towel or sponge

And a cute little assistant 😉

Step 1: Get your wall ready! (Sanding + priming.) Using the sandpaper, smooth out the wall texture. Make sure to get rid of all the dust from sanding! My wall was already painted in flat-finish paint, so I skipped the priming step. But if your wall doesn’t have a flat-finish latex paint on it, you can purchase any flat-finish latex paint from Home Depot and paint the wall with it (“priming”) before you get started with the chalkboard paint.

Step 2: Grid it up! I read somewhere that it’s helpful to divide the wall into grids to know where you last painted. You’re going to need to apply 2-3 coats to get that deep chalkboard color, and having the grid will make sure that you get full, even coverage. I made grids again once my first layer was completely dry and before putting on the second coat. Also, don’t forget to protect all your wall borders by using painter’s tape! 

Step 3: Apply your paint! You’ll need your roller paintbrush, paint stirrer, mixing container, and Rust-Oleum Flat Black Chalkboard Paint (this one had the best review from multiple sites!) I got mine at Home Depot, and it’s also available on Amazon.

Step 4. Apply 2-3 coats of the paint. This brand of paint is known to dry really fast, so I was able to apply my second coat after 20 minutes!

Step 5. Condition the wall! Once your second coat is completely dry, “prime” the wall by laying a piece of chalk on its side and cover your entire wall with chalk. I rubbed it with paper towel and then erased with wet towel. This ensures that all the little pores on the wall get filled with the chalk primer and your future writing/drawing will go on smoothly and erase easily.

Easy peasy, right? And while we wait for the result, let me share with you some pictures of my cute little assistant.

TADA! This is how the chalkboard wall turned out after just a few hours! Isn’t it so much fun? I wish that I had done this earlier for Maddie’s room!

I’m still working on her big girl’s room, but I can’t wait to show you guys the rest of this space once it’s all done!



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