Life Love Larson: DIY Chalkboard Wall


Monday, October 29, 2012

DIY Chalkboard Wall

If you have been reading for awhile, you know I love a chalkboard.  I love the black accent and the classic look of it.  I was inspired to create a little floor to ceiling chalkboard wall in my mudroom recently, and I love it!  A small amount a work for a large impact…
This little wall is also visible from our open kitchen, which I love.  I like how the black breaks up the light paint and the creamy white trim.

Here is a little rundown of the progression.  This is what the wall originally looked like.  I did have the large ruler chalkboard on this wall, but it has since been moved next to the built-in coat rack.
Doesn’t the chalk paint make such a difference in this space?!?!?!  I used Rustoleum chalk paint that I already had on hand.  I used a small sponge roller and applied 3 coats, letting each coat dry completely before starting the next coat.
There are instructions on the paint can, but you are supposed to leave the paint alone for several days in order for the paint to cure. After a few days, you are to cover the entire wall with chalk.  I have found the best way to clean chalk off the wall is to use a wet cloth and move it in a circular motion. 
The chalk wall is never going to be completely stark black once you have applied chalk. I think that adds to the character.  You must know that this does get messy.  You will need to clean up chalk debris after you write on the board.
I did not paint the chalk wall for my kids and they don’t’ play on it.  Boo, mean mom!  This is purely decorative! Here is the wall from a few different angles.  I don’t think I will ever get a good picture in this space because there is not a lot of natural light!  The first is a view from the kitchen looking into the mudroom.  The chalk wall is right across from the kid’s artwork display wall. This door color will also be changing soon (if I can convince hubby).
And here is an angle from the mudroom into the kitchen…
Have you experimented with chalk paint?  Are you in love or over the hype?  I’m in love and want to extend the paint behind the artwork wall.  My husband’s response?  “Can’t we ever just leave well enough alone?”  No, no we can’t!!!


  1. I love this chalkboard wall! Good for you in keeping it for yourself. :-)
    Mary Alice

  2. Just stopping by to invite you to My Wednesday Linky party.

  3. Love the idea of this wall. I love quotes, so putting one near a place at my house where people can be inspired is a great idea. I just need to locate the right wall.

  4. Love your chalkboard wall. Perfect spot indeed. Thank you for sharing. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House which will go live at 8am CST on Monday. Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  5. I love this, it really does make a difference to the space and I agree that chalk boards look better once they are written on and cleaned off a few times.

  6. Thanks for your lovely comments! I am really loving this and think everyone should find a little space for a chalkboard!! :)

  7. Oh that looks so good in there!! Thanks for letting me know:)