Chalkboard Wall For the Kids….Okay, It’s For Me

My days are filled with projects. There are projects that are necessary, projects that are expensive, projects that are time consuming, projects that suck the life right out of you and projects that are just plain fun. Of course the fun ones are my favorite (it would be super weird if they weren’t). Luckily this project falls under fun.

I’ve been working on the entry way the last couple of weeks. Now that all the walls are painted and the trim…oh the trim…that’s one of the life-sucking projects I was talking about. Now that that’s out of the way I can focus on dressing up the space. Or in this case dressing down. I’m going casual on this one. I love the idea of a fancy, grand entry way. But let’s be real. We live on a farm. We aren’t fancy people, and function trumps beauty these days.

I know for sure there will be a bench and hooks along one wall of the entry, but the opposite wall is open for whatever. I’ve been wanting to do a chalkboard wall for a long time, but hadn’t found the right spot. Of course the playroom would be the obvious choice, but Hollis isn’t quite old enough for a chalkboard wall and I’d really like for the whole family to be able to use it (and by whole family, I mean me). I originally thought of the kitchen, but I just don’t have the wall space for it and I’m not crazy about the idea of chalk dust where we eat. So I think the entry way will be the best spot.

I started out drawing a free-form shape on the wall. Sorry for the blurry pic, I just used a pencil to sketch out my shape.
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DIY Chalkboard Wall // thegoldbrickroad.comWe thought it would be fun to make it magnetic so we could hang artwork or notes too. I read online reviews of this Magnamagic and everyone said to use at least 4 coats to get magnets to really work on it. I got magnets to stick to it after one coat, but went ahead and did 4 anyway. I didn’t know if covering it up with chalkboard paint would make it less effective.

DIY Chalkboard Wall // thegoldbrickroad.comHere it is after a few coats. The paint is really thick and will leave a texture if you don’t smooth it out with a brush or a roller. I have a few ridges on mine that I didn’t catch in time before they dried. (oops!)

DIY Chalkboard Wall // thegoldbrickroad.comAfter I got my four coats on and let them dry, I started adding the chalkboard paint. I used Valspar’s and only need two coats of it. It went on easily and covered really well.

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DIY Chalkboard Wall // thegoldbrickroad.comI was also able to use one of my flea market finds. I think it was an old wall planter, and now it holds the chalk and eraser.

DIY Chalkboard Wall // thegoldbrickroad.comAfter all my paint dried, I had to season the chalkboard by dragging a piece of chalk across the entire surface and then erasing it. It was messy, but necessary.

DIY Chalkboard Wall // thegoldbrickroad.comDIY Chalkboard Wall // thegoldbrickroad.comI’ve been having fun with my our new chalkboard. Some day Hollis can draw on it, but for now I like using to leave funny messages to the hubs and filling it with quotes from the Mindy Project and Brooklyn 99….you know, like most adults do.


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