Projects Made Simple: A Chalkboard Wall

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I’m not going to lie. Lately, doing projects around the house has been the last thing on my mind — particularly if said project is at all time consuming. Enter Walmart‘s Projects Made Simple series. If you’ve never heard of it, the name is a very good descriptor. Projects Made Simple is a series of DIY projects that come with video instructions and step-by-step guidelines for getting them completed. Included are small projects like painting an accent wall and installing a towel bar, and larger projects like staining a deck. This week, I chose to tackle a smaller project in my daughter’s room: I turned a section of wall in her room into a chalkboard!

If you use Pinterest or read home design blogs at all, you know that chalkboard paint is pretty popular, particularly for families with kids. After all, what child wouldn’t enjoy having free license to write on the walls, right?

This is what my daughter’s room looked like before we started:

And here’s Walmart‘s video showing you how to get it done:

This is what the room looked like when we were done:

I chose to paint a small section of wall between my daughter’s closet and her bathroom door. Just enough space for her to get creative, but not large enough to compete with the turquoise paint on the wall perpendicular to it. Clearly, my daughter is really captivated by her new chalkboard, and she’s begging me to use it. Too bad we have to wait a few days before we can “condition” the wall (essentially color all over it with chalk, then wipe it off before you actually start using it regularly).

Because Walmart already gave you an instructional video, I made a simple time-lapse video, set to music, that makes about an hour of work look like a 97-second walk in the park. Just like TV…lol! Check it out:

Forgive my outfit. These are my “official” painting clothes :)

Honestly though, this project was very easy to do. My steps were simple:

1. Remove existing art from the wall.
2. Tape off the section to be painted, including floor and wall molding.
3. Roll on one relatively thick coat of chalkboard paint.
4. Cut in corners with a paintbrush.
5. Follow with 2 light touch-up coats.
6. Pull the tape immediately after the final coat, while the paint was still wet.
7. Wait patiently to be able to use the chalkboard wall.

I have some ideas for great images to draw on the new wall, so I’ll be back in a few days with a TRUE “after” shot once we can actually use it!

DISCLOSURE: I am a participant in the Walmart Moms program. Walmart has provided me with compensation for my time and effort on this project and post. Participation in this program is voluntary. As always, all opinions are 100% authentic and mine.

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  • Samantha Sophia July 25, 2012, 11:47 pm

    We’ve been meaning to do a chalkboard wall! This is so helpful!

    • jennae July 26, 2012, 3:28 pm

      Glad I could help! We’re seriously itching for Saturday to come so we can actually use it!

  • Marta Costa July 26, 2012, 5:31 am

    Going fast, girl! :) What an easy project!
    I think you did right by just paint a little piece of the wall, looks great.
    Is the paint eco-friendly?
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    • jennae July 26, 2012, 3:30 pm

      Thanks Marta. The paint is not eco-friendly, but I have never heard of low- or no-VOC chalkboard paint. I could be wrong, though. Since it was a small space and it will be very functional, I figured I could cheat this time ;)

  • Sheena July 26, 2012, 2:32 pm

    Great job! Mini Me’s room is soooo pretty, I just love it. I love the idea of a time lapse, I got the idea from you, I must admit. It really shows the progress without boring readers. I was rushing my butt off yesterday so I decided to just keep the camera rolling in the process, hoping Jay wouldn’t jump in wearing nothing but underwear, lol. Success!
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    • jennae July 26, 2012, 3:31 pm

      Thanks Sheena! I had to make her clean her room before we started painting though…lol. And just for the record, if Jay had walked in in his underwear, that would’ve made the video a lot more entertaining. I’m just sayin… :)

      • Sheena July 26, 2012, 3:35 pm

        His room was a little messy too, lol, we just threw some things under his bunk. I know his appearance in undies would have been hilaaarious, but then I would have gotten stoned by the parent-blogging community for child exploitation, lol. Meh.
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  • Alex @ Revedecor July 30, 2012, 4:36 am

    Simple and concise. I like how the room looks now and I wish good luck to your daughter :D

  • Erin Alexander August 9, 2012, 6:15 am

    An office design project that I am working on inherited some old brown and beige file cabinets. I painted them with black chalkboard paint. Now they are fun and match color scheme.
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  • Angela@veggievinyasa August 14, 2012, 1:32 pm

    I nominated you for the Inspiring Blog Award. Here’s the link:
    http://veggievinyasa.com/2012/08/14/the-inspiring-blog-award/
    Keep up the inspiring posts!

  • Valerie August 16, 2012, 1:26 pm

    Wow – where was this stuff when I was a kid? It looks like so much fun. This would be pretty perfect for adults to – maybe in the kitchen? Thanks for the tip!
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  • how2home August 22, 2012, 6:00 pm

    love the idea of a chalk board wall! So much fun for the kids, gives them a legitimate excuse to actually draw on the wall!
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