Friday, March 8, 2013

Paint a Chalkboard Wall

Everyone needs to sit down.  I have a unique and genius idea to share with you all. 

I painted a chalkboard wall in my craft room.  No one has ever painted a wall with chalkboard paint before.  I’m sure of it.

Paint a Chalkboard Wall

What’s that? I’m the millionth blogger to slap chalkboard paint on their wall?  Really?  Who knew.

I was only going to do a post where I showed you my new chalkboard wall (because the process is not a new one).  But my brother and mom had questions on how I did it.  I then remembered that quite a few of my readers only read this blog (Which is scary for blogging.  Shout out the ladies at the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility.)  Here’s what I learned.

How to Paint a Chalkboard Wall

Purchase your chalkboard paint.  I went with Rust-Oleum’s ChalkBoard paint.  I purchased it at Menards for ~$10.  I’ve seen it at Lowe’s also.  It’s located near the spray paint.  It comes in black and green.  I went with black.

Rust-Oleum's ChalkBoard Paint

Paint your wall as you would with any other wall paint.  I used two coats.  I used almost the entire can on this small section of wall.  I’m also a messy painter so there’s that.

Chalkboard wall progress

Let the paint dry for at least 3 days. 

You will then need to “prime” the walls with chalk. You do this by rubbing the side of a piece of chalk all over the wall.  This step is a little messy but necessary.  Rubbing the chalk all over prevents your future writing from being permanently stuck on your wall.

chalkboardprep

I wiped the chalk off with a dry paper towel. And then vacuumed the floor because it was gross.

chalkclean

Now you are ready to draw on your wall!

Chalkboard walls are great for doodling. (All drawn by my little brother. I have zero drawing abilities.)

chalkdrawings

Chalkboard walls are also great for weekly yearly maternity photos.

chalkboard wall maternity photo

I feel bad for the poor girl that ends up here after Googling “chalkboard wall maternity photo”.  Mwah ha ha.  It’s the little things in life that bring my brother and I joy.

Are you a fan of chalkboard walls or do they scare you?  Don’t worry.  They scared me.  And now I find them ridiculously fun. Even if it is totally over done.

39 comments:

  1. Baahaa.....love the last pic. Your chalkboard wall looks so cute! We have one in our kitchen but it was here from our previous owners. I had no idea you had to 'prime' it with chalk--amazing!

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  2. My daughter wants one in her room. Might have to do that soon. Love your maternity photo, haha ;)

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  3. OMG that maternity pic almost made me lose my coffee Michelle!

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  4. oh my gosh that maternity photo is HILARIOUS. I think I might pin it. Because it makes me laugh.

    I think I'm going to paint a portion of the playroom wall with chalboard paint and try that magnet paint underneath it. I have no idea when I will get to that though. I thought I'd do it this winter. I guess winter is still hanging around though. Wow, this got to be a long comment. Have a great weekend!

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  5. it looks awesome and that picture of nate made my morning! i am so happy y'all are expecting... ;)

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    1. Ha. It's my little brother. I can't wait to be an auntie. :)

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  6. You have to let us know how many hits you get for chalkboard maternity photos, hahah.

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  7. Hah! Love the maternity pic. Nice chalkboard wall. Can't wait to see all your chalk illustrations.

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  8. Awesome! If there were any place to have a chalkboard wall, I'd say an office would be prefect. We have whiteboard walls at my work, and I really want to make one at home now.

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  9. hahah. little brothers are fun, aren't they? his doodles are cute!

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  10. The world can use another chalk wall. I'm sure of it :) Thanks for being such a good provider. It would be a great photo backdrop too.

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  11. Great wall! If only little bro had his shirt pulled up, in true Mother Nature maternity picture fashion.

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  12. Oops. That last one was from your BFF Rachel. Guess Jeff's logged in for once . . . weird.

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  13. Oh geez. That photo of your brother is priceless! Hilarious. Also, what does that door on the left of the chalkboard wall lead to?

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  14. Yes, that priming step is important- I didn't do it on one of my chalkboards that I created from a frame I loved, and that was a huge mistake.

    Alyssa
    ruffleandcurl.com

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  15. Bahahahaha! Thank you, I needed that belly laugh today! Your blog is never disappointing. Thanks for being awesome!

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  16. Hahaha...I love the picture of your brother...too funny!! And seriously, if/when you become pregnant, none of us are going to believe you until you are showing. And even then, we'll probably just think you ate a package of Oreos for dinner. ;)

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  17. Best maternity photo ever? I think so! This post was perfect for today. xo

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  18. LOL at the Ft. Dodge correctional facility. I'm over the idea of chalkboard walls in living areas, but it's totally perfect for a craft room.

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  19. It looks great! I really like the idea of adding it to your craft room. Also, your brother's picture is hilarious & will probably scar a few pregnant ladies when they do a search.
    Sarah

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  20. LOL to 28 years!! So cute!! I always wanted to add a chalkboard or magnetic wall to an office!

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  21. Aww your brother has just the cutest baby bump! haha. Thanks for the laugh! Love this addition to a craft room- it's the perfect place for it!

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  22. I totally had this brilliant idea to paint a chalkboard wall in my house. Since it was so original when I "thought of it," I can only conclude that you stole that idea right out of my head. (I still might do it.)

    I don't care if everyone is doing it, I love it. Plus I think it's one of those things that you see in blogland, but when real non-blog-type people come to your house, they'll be falling all over themselves in admiration for it.

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  23. Nice to see your brother is over his morning sickness. He's going to carry that around his waist, wait and see.

    Great tutorial, thanks!

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  24. Hahahahaha I love this whole post! <3

    Also, congrats to your brother. ;)

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  25. I'm dead after reading this post. This is just pure gold. The yearly maternity photo. Brilliant. The Ft. dodge correctional facility? Perfect. You are the queen of blogging. I mean, you invented chalkboard paint.

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  26. Well let me tell you... 25 years ago I painted a chalkboard wall in my kids craft room. My sister in law looked at it and said in that tone of not impressed, "oh, that's different". The beech.

    Bliss

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  27. How many times are you going to give us the maternity scare?! lolll I love that wall. I've been dying to paint a wall like that. I guess now I'll have to wait awhile. Yours turned out adorable! I love it. Now I wanna see the rest of this awesome room!

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  28. Wanna know something cool? Flat paint works just like chalkboard paint. I was skeptical when the paint lady at Lowe's told me this, but I painted my fridge with flat paint 3 years ago and it still looks good.

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  29. hahaha that picture of your brother is priceless!!

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  30. HAHAHAH!
    How does one become the official blog of a correctional facility? Do you think they have chalkboard walls there?

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  31. HAHAHA! Marshall's 28 Years photo seriously made me LOL. :)

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  32. Hehe! You and your brother are so silly together. I love it! :)

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  33. I think I'm definitely going to have to do this at our next place! It would be so much fun. I've toyed with the idea of doing one of those chalkboard frames, but I think I like this idea better. More room for fun!

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  34. So here I am doing my monthly blog reading. To answer a later blog post, yes instagram, facebook, yada, yada, they all killed blogging. I need to revive it a bit more. Make myself a schedule or something. Anyway, chalkboard wall. We're working on plans for an addition right now and a magnetic, chalkboard wall are on my must-have list. I'm sure my child will start drawing on the walls just as soon as he gets the box of crayons I bought for his Easter basket. So maybe I'll just see which wall he ruins and then paint the chalkboard on top of that.

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