Happy Wednesday : )
Let’s talk paint. Chalkboard paint to be specific. I have been wanting to do a chalkboard wall for forever and I FINALLY pulled the trigger. I love the impact that a bold accent wall can make in general and I feel like chalkboard paint adds a really fun element to a room. In our living room right now we have a pretty neutral color scheme and so even though I knew I wanted to paint, I wasn’t completely sold on a particular color. I am the (self-proclaimed) queen of neutrals and after thinking about colors for a few weeks I decided that I wanted to keep the black, white and gold theme that we have going on. The obvious solution? Chalkboard paint!!
I spent a few days researching the best brands and different application processes and I am SO happy with the way it turned out. It was a bit of a lengthy process but the results made it worth it. Keep reading for step by step instructions!!
So the first thing you want to do is figure out where you want to paint. Are you going to do a whole wall? Just a section? Once you have that figured out you will be able to determine how much paint you will need. I painted a weird bumped out wall in our living room that was about 40 square feet. I ended up only needing one of the small cans. You will also need a foam paint roller, a paint brush, a paint tray, painters tape, a drop cloth, a mask and last but not least sandpaper.
The next step is to tape off the area you want to paint with your painters tape. I would also suggest laying down a drop cloth to catch any of the drips or splatters from the paint. Then you will need to take your sandpaper and sand down the wall. This step seems silly but is VERY important. Not only do you want to remove any dirt or buildup from the wall, you want to sand the wall so the paint will adhere more easily. Smoothing it out will make a huge difference once the wall is painted and you go to draw on it. If you do not sand down the wall when you try to draw it will be bumpy and uneven. It’s a pain but trust me it’s worth it in the end. Put on some music and get to sanding.
Once you have the wall sanded down you will want to take a wet cloth or wet paper towels and wipe down the wall. You will want to remove all the dust that sanding created and make sure your surface is prepped for painting. If you have never painted a wall (or walls) before, let me share a little info with you. The preparation is ALWAYS 80% of the work. Don’t get scared off or frustrated when you are an hour into the project and there is still no paint on the wall. Even though it can seem tedious the prep work really will effect your end results.
And now comes the fun part!! Like I mentioned earlier I read a ton of blogs and articles about Chalkboard paint and the best results that I saw were from using Benjamin Moore. I was really happy with the results so I am sure you will be too! Once you get paint in the tray, just take your foam roller and start painting. You are going to want to make sure you are making W’s with the roller, going in diagonal motions across your wall. To do the smaller detail work you can take a paint brush and fill in all the spaces that are left.
The paint dries pretty quickly so by the time I had finished the first coat I was ready for the next one. I would definitely recommend doing multiple coats. I ended up doing three just because I wanted to ensure that everything was even and that I hadn’t missed any spots. While the paint is still drying you want to remove the painters tape from the wall.
We are almost done, I promise!! Once the wall has been painted you have to wait 3 days to allow the paint to cure. This was the most difficult part for me. I was so excited to start drawing on the wall that the days dragged by.
The last step is to cover the entire wall with chalk. When I started reading articles about painting chalk walls this was the one step that everyone really emphasized. This step is called “seasoning”. If you write on your chalkboard without seasoning it first, you will never be able to completely erase what you have written. Since a chalkboard wall has a porous surface it is important to cover the entire wall with chalk the first time you draw on it. Afterwards just take a wet rag and wipe down the wall. Just a for-warning, this uses up A LOT of chalk. I had a huge piece of side walk chalk and I used the entire thing.
Sam and I had so much fun this weekend making our December calendar! I am so happy with how the chalk wall turned out and I am having so much fun playing around and drawing on it. It was such a simple project and makes a huge impact in our living room.
I hope you enjoyed this post and maybe even get inspired to make your own Chalkboard wall! Have a great rest of the week : )