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How to Paint a Chalkboard Wall and Be An Organised Household!

Forget about pen and paper get organised and learn how to paint a chalkboard wall for all your lists.

My house can be chaotic at times. I have two teenage boys in high school and they are sports mad. Between training sessions and study not to mention housework I need lists to stay organised. I’ve tried writing them on a pad but this gets complicated as I can never remember where I left it. I can’t live without my life being written down so I decided to learn how to paint a chalkboard wall.


Before you do anything workout where you want to put the chalkboard wall and then measure up the space. Visit your local hardware store and get some MDF cut to the size you require.

The equipment I’ve got for this project today is:

  • Undercoat paint
  • Chalkboard paint
  • Paint brush
  • Roller tray
  • Paint  rollers
  • Turpentine
  • Rags for cleaning
  • Paint stirrer

Step 1

how to paint a chalkboard wall undercoatMy first step is to undercoat the sheet of MDF. Use the paint stirrer and really give the undercoat a good stir.  Pour the undercoat into the tray and then gently cover the roller with paint. We need one coat of the undercoat. I recommend doing the edges as well just in case you can see a little bit when it’s put up on the wall.

The undercoat/primer will seal it, prime it and do an undercoat. It’s a four in one and it will stop any peeling. If I just put the black board paint straight onto the MDF there could be the chance that it could just peel off and not adhere properly. Once I finished the undercoat I’m just going to let this dry (always refer to your manufacturer’s instructions on how long the particular undercoat will take to dry) Once it is fully dry it is ready for the chalkboard paint.

Step 2

chalkboard paint how toAgain I’m just going to give the paint a good stir and then we can roll that on. For this I’m using a foam roller which will give the chalkboard paint a good finish. This is terp based paint so make sure you are in a well-ventilated space. If you find that you are in a confined space make sure you wear a mask. Blackboard paint gives good coverage but I would recommend doing two coats, making sure I leave it to completely dry between each one. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for drying time.

Once the second coat is dry you are ready to mount the board in the position.

Final Word

Without sounding weird my chalkboard wall is the best thing ever. I don’t know how I ever lived without it. Everyone in our house knows that if you want something or want someone to know, you have to write it on the chalkboard. It is our communication point. So if you have been considering or need an idea for organising a busy household I can highly recommend a chalkboard wall. It’s easy, cost effective and fun.



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