Vintage Goat & Lulu: DIY Chalkboard Wall

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)!!

I kinda have a *thing* for chalkboards.  They are still all over everywhere, and it’s just a home decor trend that I love.  I have also seen the most amazing chalkboard walls all over pinterest for years now, and knew that I wanted to have one somewhere in my house.  Chalkboard walls in the kitchen, in the nursery, you name the room, there’s a picture of a chalkboard wall in it.  But since the kiddos looooove to write on the walls (not so much anymore, thankfully!), I thought a chalkboard wall all for them in the upstairs of our house would be perfect.
The girls’ bedroom is upstairs, and outside their room is a great, awesome loft space that houses a lot of their toys, and also my sewing space.  They love having that space for playing, especially when I’m up there sewing!  We used to have this have this big blank wall where I decided the chalkboard wall was going to go.  It was a super simple project, and anyone that can paint can easily do it.  The painting took less than an hour, and pretty much all the work was done!
So here’s what you need:
Chalkboard Paint
Painter’s Tape
Drop Cloth

Step One. Pick a Wall.
Step Two.  Tape off baseboards, outlets, etc.  Put down drop cloth.
Step Three.  Paint one even coat, wait 4 hours to dry, paint another coat.
Duh, right?  Pretty easy and self explanatory.

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?!

(Little Brantley!!)
So if your littles like to write on the wall like mine do, give them a wall that they CAN write on!  As much as their little hearts desire.  I think they kind of felt like they were getting away with something!!

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