I have to say I’ve joined the chalkboard bandwagon. They are trendy but quite useful and convenient.
There’s a perfect spot in my kitchen and I found that we needed a central spot to post messages.
I did some research before starting to see what prep was necessary.
I used the Valspar brand which I’ve been very happy with. There was a recommendation to sand the wall first so the chalk glides smoothly. I tested the wall with chalk first and decided NOT to sand. It was smooth enough IMO.
So I started… I could tell right away if definitely need 2 coats maybe 3.
You can see how streaky it dries I was also using a brush, which created lines.
The second coat was fine with a roller. Major difference.
Once it dried (the next day), I went back over the spots with the roller and it was perfect. It actually just looked like a flat black paint.
The only real recommendation I took away from my research was to prep or prime the wall with chalk. Do this so once you start writing and erasing, your wall actually looks dry like its a real chalkboard.
To do this just rub (not write) chalk across the board then erase the entire board. It will give it the worn, erased look. Initially I wrote words and once I erased them you could see the imprint. So I wiped it with water then rubbed!
For all 3 coats I only needed one can which came pre-mixed and only in the pint size. I still have about half a can left.
- Test your wall with the paint first (you may decide to sand it)
- Use a brush for corners and edges then a roller for the middle. It’s easier and smoothes the paint better so you don’t get streaks
- Do at least 2-3 coats
- Once dry, rub (don’t write) when “prepping” the wall. Erase the entire painted space.
- To clean, just use a wet cloth
Here’s the major snow we got…
I love the family time but definitely not my season!