I don’t know if it’s the weather warming up and wanting to de-winterize my house, or just a nagging feeling to get some creativity out, but I have been planning a bunch of DIYs around the house! I’m thinking of adding another chalkboard wall or two in a few different rooms and thought I would post this “vintage Goat & Lulu” post from my old blog! I used to post a lot more DIYs (I had a little bit more time, too, haha!), but have been thinking of adding a few more in the near future. So if you missed this one from way back, here’s your chance to learn how to paint a chalkboard wall in your house (and keep an eye out for little bitty Brantley towards the end)!!
Done? Not yet.
With chalkboard paint, you need to wait 3 days for it to set. So, make sure the littles stay away from the wall until that third day is up. I know, it’s hard! And then, once the 3 days are up, you have to condition the wall. Take a piece of chalk (I used sidewalk chalk, which is much bigger and thus takes less time and effort), turn it on it’s side, and rub the entire wall (or area you plan on drawing on) with the side of the chalk. Then, dry erase the entire thing with an eraser or cloth towel. What you’re doing by conditioning the wall is creating a thin layer of chalk dust all over the wall so that you are easily able to erase any drawing or writing on the wall. If you don’t condition it, it’s very difficult to remove chalk from the wall, without using a wet cloth.
Now, if you’re painting the wall strictly for decoration and what you’re drawing on the wall you want to stay for a while and you don’t plan on erasing it or using it for little artists, then by all means, don’t condition. But, in our case, our chalkboard wall is a functional drawing space. Thus, conditioning was needed. You can always put a good clean on it to remove chalk dust build-up, and then you just wipe clean with a wet cloth, and then re-condition.
Once you’re conditioned, you’re good to go!
I went ahead and decorated the top a bit where the kids can’t reach! It was really fun, and they had a BLAST drawing on the wall. And mama was actually encouraging them! 🙂
I added some cute printables (free and found on Pinterest!) and drew “frames” around them.
I will definitely be changing these out regularly, and how fun will this be to write out cute messages to the kids?!