Painting a chalkboard wall

This is something I’ve wanted to do on and off for ages, so the other week I thought I’d just take the plunge.

After all, I can always paint over it, can’t I?  (With a LOT of white paint!)

This was the wall I had planned to paint black.  (Ignore the strange patch, it’s not damp I’ve just been trying out paint colours.)


It is our new wall, in that before our alterations it wasn’t there, so it has nice, new plaster and my second thought was – why not paint the other wall in the kitchen which is a lot rougher and desperately needed sorting out?  Especially after I ripped off a panel of laminate behind the cooker hood on a whim.

We already had a whiteboard wall planner on the wall, but it was just too small to record all our appointments and commitments and reminders.

So that’s the wall I went with in the end.  I hoped that the black, matt chalkboard paint would absorb all the light and make that wall’s imperfections invisible.  Hmm, not exactly the case!!!

I really ought to do some filling and smoothing and sanding – and I will – but just not right now because I hate all that important but boring preparation stuff.  So, eager to get the paint on, I just ploughed on regardless and painted the entire wall next to the cooker.

Don’t be alarmed, if you try this yourself, at how the first coat of black paint looks.  It does look bad.

Like really bad (no offence, Beau).

But the second coat takes away the streaks and it looks much better and deeper, but I would even recommend doing a third coat, since you are going to be wiping it a lot with a damp sponge.

I also had a problem with the paint peeling like this in patches.

Great – as if the streaky black wasn’t bad enough, it now looked like our wall had a skin condition :-/

I painted over it and each time it dried it did the same.

However, a quick and easy solution was to sand it a bit and seal the patches of wall with some kids glue.  Once it dried, the paint went on fine and no more peeling.  Phew.

So now we were looking like this by the second coat:

Third coat on and dried and then I could draw up a calendar, seven squares across for the days and 5 squares down the whole month.  I did VERY rough calculations and barely measured.  If you look closely (or even not) you can tell it is not really even, but this is a chalkboard after all so we’re not looking for perfection, guys!

When I drew the grid, I couldn’t find my liquid white chalk marker pen, so I improvised and used tailor’s chalk.  I even tried the kids water soluble pencils which did work and wash off ok, but the colours were a bit faint.

So when I eventually found my chalk pen I was able to go over everything and it stands out much better now.  (Can’t be doing with actual chalk sticks and all that dust.)

So there you go, suffice to say it is growing on me.  I think in a perfect, show house kitchen it probably wouldn’t work – I think you would be better introducing a nice vintage style wooden framed school blackboard or a bistro-style menu board, but if your kitchen is a bit ‘quirky’ like ours, or rustic or eclectic, it works.

Chalkboard wall

Let’s be frank, that wall was so bad it couldn’t really have looked much worse after, whatever I did with it!


If I haven’t put you off having a try yourself, here is some very lovely chalkboard inspiration I’ve collected together over on Pinterest.

Enjoy the Bank Holiday weekend!

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  1. May 25, 2013 / 5:36 pm

    This turned out great! Oddly enough, I think the black brightened up your kitchen and gave it a really fresh look. I didn’t know there was such a thing as a chalk pen…I’ve been using the old fashioned kind. Now I’m going to look for a chalk pen! Thanks for the inspiration!

    Have a great holiday weekend. It’s a long weekend in the U.S., too! 🙂

  2. May 25, 2013 / 8:43 pm

    Hi Julie, thank you – I know what you mean, it shouldn’t seem brighter but it does – I think the black looks crisper and has sharpened the space up. I just need to practice doing neat chalkboard writing (or stencil my reminders on, lol :-))

  3. May 26, 2013 / 7:50 am

    I *really* love it, but then you’ve probably realised I have a chalkboard paint obsession! I’ve also just finished a chalkboard project, I’ll share it this week if I get the time to take pictures.

    Enjoy the rest of the Bank holiday weekend 🙂

    PS, pinning this post.

  4. May 26, 2013 / 7:31 pm

    Hi Angela, thank you – I can’t wait to see your project! Amazing weather today, let’s hope it continues tomorrow.

  5. Lorraine Stone
    November 16, 2013 / 9:01 pm

    Fantastic idea, might try it on a smaller scale.

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