painting a chalkboard wall

Thursday, September 18, 2014

For a while now, I've thought that it would be neat to have an entire wall covered in chalk board paint in our home office as a way to add fun artwork or quotes to the room or even medial things like to-do lists and reminders.
I can say I've thought this would be neat for a while now because I actually started this project in January.

Hi. My name is Marlyssa, and I am a procrastinator.

It's like that time where I gave my sister-in-law a birthday gift in the beginning of September.

Her birthday is in May.

To be honest, this project has been almost done for a long, long time, but I never got around to actually finishing it until just a week ago. As with all my projects, I do about 90% of the work, give up for six months, and then finish it in five minutes on a random whim of enthusiasm.



Back to the project at hand!

Chalk board paint (pre-made) can be a little expensive...and the colors are very limited. So I made my own! This way I could choose the exact color I wanted and I could save money while doing it! That's always a plus in my book. (:

I followed the instructions for mixing chalkboard paint from Martha Stewart's website. The paint color I used was Tricorn Black by Sherwin Williams (SW 6258) in a flat finish. It's the same color I used for painting my stair treads, except the stairs were done with a heavy duty cabinet paint in a high gloss finish instead of regular flat paint. (:

Let's begin!

Let me start out by saying that this was surprisingly very hard for me to go through with. When we moved here, the entire office was pink. So was the guest bedroom before I painted it. It truly was one of my more well-liked shades of pink (which, there aren't many that I like), but it wasn't realistic for us to have two bedrooms dedicated entirely to the color. As you can see, by the time I got around to doing the chalkboard wall, I had already painted the main color of the office to a light gray (Pediment by Sherwin Williams SW 7634).

But now here I was, staring at this one last wall of pink in the house...this bright, cheery shade of bubblegum pink...while I wielded a roller with black paint on it. And I started to feel bad for planning to paint over it.

I definitely doubted myself. A lot.
Especially once the paint started going on the wall.

"And if you look to your left, you will see that here is about where Marlyssa really began questioning her sanity."

I'm sure you could take this picture in to a psychiatrist to be evaluated and they would tell you that those roller marks are definitely those of a crazed individual who has no idea what they're doing or why they're doing it.

Once the second coat of paint was on and the pink was no longer visible, paired with some deep soul-searching over the matter, I started to like the new color.
And then I remembered why it would be fun to have a chalkboard wall...
I get to color.
On the wall.
Like a five year old.


I do plan to take some extra time and draw something really nice for the wall later on this weekend that will hopefully look a little more artistic and thought out than this ha ha (:
It's fun finding new uses for this wall and I'll start sharing those uses on the blog very soon!


  1. I just painted a chalkboard wall in the studio! I was thinking that it was bound to not come out even because it looked awful wet. But once it dried, it was awesome! When I live somewhere that I can paint the walls, there is DEFINITELY going to be chalkboards all over the place lol

    1. I saw the pictures you had posted on Facebook! Your wall looks great!(: And I totally know what you mean. When I painted my wall I had the roller marks everywhere and it looked so uneven that I wasn't sure how it was going to turn out at all! It all was even when it dried though!(: I've been tempted to do a chalkboard wall in the kitchen, like to put grocery lists on and things like that but... I love the color of the paint in the kitchen too much. I'm scared to do it! Haha



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