How to Create Walls Kids Can Write on

By Emily Maggrett

Let's face it: Most kids (and even some teens) enjoy writing on the wall. But such scribblings can be hard to remove. That's where chalkboard paint comes in. By painting a small area of your home with chalkboard paint, you'll create an area where kids can write and draw to their hearts' content. Best of all, chalkboard walls can be cleaned with ease; just apply a damp sponge, and they look good as new. You can purchase premixed chalkboard paint at most hardware stores, or you can choose to mix your own custom colors.

List of Items Needed

  • Paint
  • Unsanded tile grout
  • Mixing bucket
  • Paint stirrer
  • 2 cups warm water
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Sponge
  • Primer
  • Painter's tape
  • Painter's rags
  • Paint roller
  • Paint tray
  • Small angled paintbrush
  • 150-grit sandpaper
  • Broom
  • Chalk
  • Rotary tool with sanding accessories

    Mix the Chalkboard Paint

  1. Decide which color paint you would like your chalkboard wall to be. Select a can of interior house paint in this shade, making sure that it is compatible with the previous paint type on your wall. In other words, don't layer an oil-based paint over a water-based paint, and vice-versa.

  2. Pour the paint into your mixing bucket, and add the unsanded tile grout to it. Keep a proportion of 2 tbsp. unsanded tile grout for every cup of paint.

  3. Mix the grout and paint together with your paint stirrer, until all the grout clumps have been thoroughly dissolved.

    Prep and Paint the Wall

  1. Fresh paint sticks best to clean walls. Prepare your chalkboard wall for painting by cleaning it. Squirt a few drops of dishwashing liquid into several cups of warm water. Soak your sponge in this solution and use it to wash your wall from ceiling to floor. Dry the wall using painter's rags.

  2. Use painter's tape to protect any trim or molding on your wall, as well as to save the floor and ceiling from paint spatters. Cover any areas that you don't want blackboard paint to drip onto.

  3. Paint primer along the edges of the blackboard wall using the small angled paintbrush. Use the brush to cut in as needed around the ceiling, floor, trim and any other tricky areas.

  4. Pour the primer into the paint tray. Using the paint roller, apply primer to the chalkboard wall in a "W" shape, fill in, then continue rolling until the entire wall has been thoroughly covered.

  5. Wait until the primer is dry before you move on to the next step. Depending on the brand of primer you used, this may take between one and three days.

  6. Stir the chalkboard paint with your paint stirrer before you begin to make sure it is completely mixed.

  7. Paint the chalkboard paint along the edges and trim of your chalkboard wall using the small angled brush, and on the wall itself using the paint roller, with the same "W" technique as previously described.

  8. Go over the wall with the 150-grit sandpaper after your chalkboard paint has had a chance to completely dry. For smaller chalkboards, use a rotary tool with a sanding accessory. This will allow you to sand right up to the edges without sanding onto the un-coated area. This will help to condition the wall. Sweep up any stray dust.

  9. Finish conditioning your chalkboard wall by going all over it with the side of a piece of chalk. Use a damp sponge to clean the chalk off.

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