Decorating

Beginner-Friendly DIY Chalkboard Wall

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It’s been years since I’ve picked up a paintbrush. I was so scared to mess this up. Scared to get paint on the ceiling, and on the floor.

Is one pint enough?

I had all the fears every new DIYer has!

But I really wanted to create a chalkboard wall in my kitchen.

Before

Chalkboard Paint Supplies

After talking and dreaming about this DIY project for a while, I headed to Lowe’s on a whim.

I found a can of chalkboard paint for $14.98!

I honestly thought hard about using Magnetic paint, but I don’t even use magnets now. I envisioned using this wall for doodles and dinner menus!

Next, I went shopping around for paint supplies.

Here’s everything I used:

I purchased a new black light switch cover too because I didn’t want to paint the one I removed. It was only $5 on Amazon!

I didn’t use a primer either. I painted right over the Flat Agreeable Grey that’s on our walls.

We will eventually have to repaint everything, so this project was a perfect way for me to gain some confidence.

How to Paint Like A Pro

I used the Angle brush at first to paint along the edges, then I used my mini roller brush to fill in the gaps.

I have to say, once that first coat of paint went on it felt amazing!!!

I couldn’t believe I was actually doing it — I was bringing my vision to life, one stroke at a time.

I applied two coats as recommended, and let it dry for several hours.

The last and final step is to “season” your wall!

I took Crayola chalk and scrubbed it on its side up and down, left and right.

This will make the chalkboard paint function like a real chalkboard, so you can erase things easily after each use.

After I washed all that chalk off with a damp microfiber cloth, it was time to doodle!

After

My boys are loving our new kitchen chalkboard wall and I love how easy and beginner-friendly this DIY was for me!

Now that I have a permanent place to write our weekly meals, everyone can stop asking me “what’s for dinner?”

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