Here’s how you can create a fun, functional chalkboard in any room of your home, or your business with Chalkboard paint…
Quality chalkboard paint is erasable, washable, and strong enough to stand up to lots of little fingers! If you thought chalkboards were just for schools, think again. These wipe-off writing surfaces have a multitude of creative and functional uses in your home and business too.
Your chalkboard can be whatever size or shape you like and placed wherever you desire! Traditional paint colors come in green and black, but you can also mix your own batch in any shade – wow – let your creativity run wild on that one!
Cleverly applied chalkboard paint means new places to keep lists, advertise, engage, inspire creativity, and leave messages. Of course any surface that can be drawn or doodled on will appeal to kids and the kid in everyone… Think creatively – any area of wall can be turned into scribble space! You’ll unleash creativity in your kids, and they’ll love you for it!
Step 1 - Prepare Surfaces for Chalkboard Paint
Once you have selected the wall(s) for your chalkboard, clean the surface completely (we suggest sugarsoap) and repair any protruding nails or other imperfections with filler. Prime any unpainted areas before applying the chalkboard paint.
Step 2 - Tape Off Your Chalkboard
Use masking tape to mark off the area you want for your chalkboard – it doesn’t need to be a rectangle – but think about framing before you mask off. It’s possible not to frame – but the benefits of framing a chalkboard area include having a clearly defined space in which it’s OK to draw, and an edging will generally look better.
Apply a chalkboard paint for walls, such as Studio Finishes Chalkboard paint, within the taped-off area. Remember that there are alternative colors for Chalkboard paint – it doesn’t just have to be black!
Step 3 - Painting
Apply up to three coats, letting each coat dry and then light sanding with 150 sandpaper before applying the next coat to ensure there is no lumps or imperfections.
Step 4 - Framing
Use decorative molding or a colorful painted border to give your chalkboard space definition. It’s a great idea to add a ledge for chalk and erasers.
Step 5 - Drying and Conditioning
Allow chalkboard paint to dry for 3 days. Once cured, condition the surface for chalk by rubbing a side of chalk over the entire surface then erasing.
Helpful Hints: How to Use Chalkboard Paint
- In children’s rooms, make your chalkboard low and large enough so that younger children can reach and have plenty of room to be creative. Not too many children can say they are allowed to draw on their bedroom wall!
- In your office, kitchen or study, paint a chalkboard calendar with squares for dates. Then update your schedule with a swipe of the eraser.
- Use a chalkboard outside your retail business to draw in more shoppers – have a daily quote, joke or special
- Put a chalkboard in your kitchen for shopping lists, phone messages, and easy recipe reference.
- Include a chalkboard in your family room, hallway or other suitable area to write family goals, play nougats and crosses or any other creative game that will bring your family closer together!
Ideas to put Chalkboard Paint to use!
A Chalkboard Calendar
A family room or home office is an ideal spot for a family planner. A school term or 6 – 8 weeks’ worth of squares in a variety of shades can accommodate several schedules. Who’s got what planned this week – can easily bee seen. Who needs the car or has booked the music room. You may want to paint out an entire wall or at least a larger area with chalkboard paint for more memos. Think about lighter colors on black or green to create boundaries.
Chalkboard Menu for business
Restaurant and cafe menus can be created on multiple chalkboards and rotated based on time of day, and availability of dishes. Customers love the art…
A Chalkboard Message Center
Chalkboard paint needn’t be applied only to walls! You could try framed panels that could then be attached to a wall or leant up against something; Triangle boards like restaurants often use for specials. You could measure and cut pieces of sanded plywood, and slip them into picture frames as miniature chalkboards.
A Chalkboard Pantry Reminder
The inside of a pantry door serves as the perfect place to keep a shopping list. You could frame up a section of the inside of the door – or even paint the whole inside of the door in chalkboard paint! This idea also works on children’s closet doors. Always tape off areas you don’t want to paint, such as knobs and hardware and think about using different colors that fit in with your decor.
If you’ve got the talent a chalkboard is a fantastic way to attract attention in business and a wonderful outlet for creativity at home or in business. With a digital camera or iphone you could capture your art pieces and upload them to Facebook, Pinterest or this website!
Chalkboard Paint Custom Colors – How-To
Start with flat-finish latex paint in any shade that you’d like
1. Pour 1 cup of paint into a container. Add 2 tablespoons of unsanded tile grout. Carefully mix with a paint stirrer ensuring you break up any clumps.
2. Apply your custom made chalkboard paint with a roller or a sponge paintbrush to a primed or painted surface. Do small sections, going over the same spot several times to ensure a full, even coverage.
3. Smooth the area with 150-grit sandpaper, then wipe off any dust.
4. Remember to condition before using.
Magnetic Chalkboard Paint
By combining magnetic paint and chalkboard paint you can get a really creative result!
Magnetic paint primer is a mix of primer and iron shavings. It needs to be properly shaken at the paint store – get them to use their mixing machine to do it properly. Before applying the paint you’ll need to give it another good mix to ensure the iron filings are spread throughout the paint. It is a good idea to test the area with magnets.
After painting with magnetic primer apply the chalkboard paint with a rolle r as described above.
Once finished you can use magnetic letters, wall art and anything that you can glue a magnet onto!
Further Chalkboard Paint Tips
- Paint surrounding walls in a distinct color to create a stark contrast to your chalkboard.
- Keep a good supply of colored chalk