Have you ever wished you had a chalkboard wall in your home? But, you didn’t think you could create one because you have textured walls or damaged drywall?
I feel your pain! We have a little wall between the kitchen and the dining room that was the perfect spot for a chalkboard wall. But the drywall was ripped from the removal of the beadboard. Sure, I could have ripped out the drywall and added new, but honestly I’m beyond drywall in our kitchen renovation process and I don’t like going backwards.
Instead of replacing the drywall, I came up with a new solution to making the wall smooth enough for a chalkboard! You could also use this technique if you wanted to remove the chalkboard in the future if you change your mind, or if you live in a rental and aren’t allowed to paint walls.
Ready? Alright, let’s get this chalkboard painting party started now!
- Rustoleum chalkboard paint
- Masonite sheet (cut to size)
- Primer tinted gray
- Foam roller
- Sanding sponge
- Wood putty
- Putty knife
- Finish nailer (or simply a hammer and finish nails)
- Construction adhesive
- Caulk gun
Optional (if you have an outlet or switch to work around):
Cut your masonite to size. (I had Lowe’s cut mine to size for the large section.)
Use a jigsaw to cut each panel.
I used a large sheet to the right of the door and a small piece for over the door. The skinny little section on the left side of the door was left blank, no one will notice the imperfections after I paint it black.
If you have an outlet or light switch, you need to cut a hole in the masonite to accommodate them. To cut the hole, smear lipstick around the edges of the box (or you can smear it on an outlet as shown in this post.) Hold the masonite panel in place and push against the outlet box. When removed you should see the lipstick impressions. (I used an extra outlet box to trace around for lines that were easier to see.)
Drill holes in the corner of the outlined shape. Use a jigsaw to cut from hole to hole. Test fit your panel.
Time to hang your panel. For a permanent hold, use construction glue and then secure with finish nails. If you want to be able to remove the panel later, skip the adhesive.
Fill nail holes and seams with wood putty. Lightly sand them smooth after the putty has dried.
Using a foam roller, prime the chalkboard with tinted primer (ask your paint department to add as much black as they can to a small can of primer.) My Lowe’s store was able to produce a 50% gray color.
After the primer dries, lightly sand it and wipe clean. Then break out the chalkboard paint. You’ll need at least two coats of chalkboard paint. For the smoothest finish, use a foam roller and lightly sand between coats.
After the paint has dried thoroughly, enlist the help of your son or daughter to help season the chalkboard.
Rub the side of chalk over the entire board. Then wipe it off with a dry rag.
There is beauty in the gray movement on a chalkboard wall, wouldn’t you agree?
Christen your chalkboard with drawings and your to do list.
Mommy brag time: Will you look at the adorable tree with a tree swing that my six year old drew?! He’s a great artist, don’t you think?
Within two hours I had to erase the list because I was feeling a little stressed by all the things I still need to do in our kitchen ;-(.
I decided to paint the outlet cover with chalkboard paint (don’t paint the actual outlet) to help the outlet blend in better.
Do you have a spot in your home where you could paint a chalkboard wall? It’s great for doing funny things with your dog like this: