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How to create a chalkboard wall

6 STEPS

Keep your to-do list close at hand with a chalkboard wall. It's a fun accent that's perfect for sharing family info, from grocery lists to carpool schedules. Don't worry— you got this! 

WHAT YOU'LL NEED

Step

Prepare the surface

First, remove loose paint and lightly sand the surface, then clean with soap and water, rinse and let dry.

Step

Apply primer

Then, if necessary, apply a primer to any unpainted surface and let dry for at least 2 hours.

Step

Stir the paint

Stir the chalkboard paint thoroughly.

Step

Apply paint evenly across surface

Using a good quality brush or a roller designed to give a smooth finish, apply an even coat. Try to avoid excessive brushing or rolling.

Step

Let dry and apply a second coat

Let it dry for four hours before applying a second coat. After the second coat is applied let it dry for three days before use.

Step

Season the chalkboard

To provide the best erasability, rub the side of a piece of chalk over the entire surface of the chalk wall, and erase. The thin layer of chalk dust will act as a barrier.