Last week, my son took one of my pencils and started writing on my kitchen pantry.
At first, I was upset.
Then, I realized I finally had an excuse to create my chalkboard with chalkboard paint (a DIY project I always wanted to try).
So, I started thinking about it. I browsed the web for some inspiration but this time I didn’t procrastinate. I bought the Rust-Oleum specialty chalkboard writable-erasable latex paint, painting rolls and started painting an empty wall in his play room.
I started off by outlining the chalkboard area with painters tape.
Once completed I started painting the wall (up to 3 coats, 1 coat every 4 hours) and let it dry for 3 days before using it (per the instructions).
I then applied a thin layer of chalk all over the paint as to treat the paint ( also per the instructions).
After this last step, I took a wet cloth to clean the paint area, let it dry and started writing on it.
IMPORTANT NOTE: I misread the steps to follow, I was supposed to wait 7 days before wiping it down with water to clean the excess chalk and instead I did it the same night. This unfortunately, made the black color look dull, I will probably re-coat it in the future.
After the painting of the wall, I had some left over chalkboard paint, so I took an old scratched-up handy-me down table and chairs and gave them a coat of paint too.
The table and chairs look new but I am considering spray painting the legs in white.
He is only 15 months old, but he likes writing on his new wall. He will probably not use this chalkboard for a while but at least I know I was able to do a small but fun DIY project by myself for my little man!