DIY Chalkboard Wall

I have been wanting to do do a chalkboard wall for YEARS.  I could kick myself for not doing it sooner.  It was so easy and the kids love it.  I secretly do too.  🙂

We have a very weird wall at our house.  It’s a half wall that separates our kitchen from another awkward room in our house.  We decided that the original builders probably set it up this way for cabinet space, which is fine, but it’s just weird.  A complete remodel of our kitchen is in our 5-10 year plan.  For now, though, we keeping what we have and that includes a weird wall.

I have tried pictures on this wall, a decent sized clock, other decor and nothing really did what I wanted it to.  So I finally got the nerve to do the chalkboard wall.  Y’all it’s hands down the easiest project I’ve every done.

I always shop local when I can and for any project the first place I go is my favorite lumber yard, Barnes Lumber in Harrisburg.  They also have a Facebook page.  The awesome staff there help me with EVERYTHING.  I take my crazy ideas in and I always leave with everything I need.  I love them!

Here’s what you need:

  • Rustoleum Chalkboard paint
  • Rustoleum Magnetic primer (optional) – This will allow you to put magnets on your chalkboard which is super cool!
  • Paint roller
  • Paint brush for trim (if you need it)
  • Lumber for your trim – This is what I did.
  • Chalk for decorating it!

Here’s what I did:

  1. Clean your walls well.  Even if you don’t think they are dirty, clean them.  Let them dry thoroughly.
  2. Roll on magnetic primer.  Make sure the can is really shaken well so the magnetic pieces are dispersed evenly.  Let dry according to can.  This didn’t take very long.
  3. Roll on a second coat of the primer.  Let dry.  I think I waited a little longer this time just because I had other things going on.
  4. Roll on the first coat of chalkboard paint and let dry.  Again, this didn’t take long.  I just folded laundry while I waited.
  5. Roll two more coats of chalkboard paint, letting each coat dry thoroughly.
  6. I used extra 1x4s that I had from redoing my deck this summer (post to come) and I just measured and cut them to size for the border of my chalkboard.  This part is optional if you don’t want a frame.
  7. I painted the boards white with leftover chalk paint from painting my cabinets.  See that post here.
  8. Once the chalkboard is dry, place your framing up.
  9. I needed a little help with this, so little brother came over.  He held the boards while I screwed them into the wall.  My measurements were a little off and I wasn’t happy about it, but my dad said he thought it gave it more character.  He said it looked like an old fashioned chalkboard.  So I didn’t fix it.  🙂
  10. Now that it was complete, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it!  I have only changed it up a couple of times because I only think about it when I’m not home to change it!  PSA: I do NOT have great handwriting so don’t make fun!  I just do what I can. 🙂


I’m still so happy with it and my kids love it too.  Basically, I get the top 2/3 to write on and they get the bottom 1/3, only because this is as far up as they can reach.  The magnets are Mary & Martha Faith Building magnets.  I love them.  This company is super cool too.

Have you done a chalkboard wall?  Don’t ya love it?!  Let me know how it turns out!



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