Maybe you’re not the type to read directions. Or you had a contractor paint you a chalkboard wall during a recent renovation.
Did you or the contractor season it?
So if you’ve got a Chalkboard wall in your house but you can’t get it to erase when you use it and now it’s looking a bit unsightly, you probably skipped a step.
We are currently redoing our ‘art room’. Previously looking more like the ‘where-do-I-put-this’ room. I roughed up a sketch (drawing is not my thing, but I know my ideas turn out so much better when I start with a plan) and jumped in with a can of Chalkboard paint. Maybe not the best place to start, but I couldn’t wait to get that paint on the wall!
After 2 coats, it was black and clean (completely forgot to photograph!). Pretty sleek actually. Made me think I could live with a dark dramatic wall color one day!
But, if you want to use the wall as a chalkboard, don’t stop there. The next step is to season it. This is so easy. My kids loved doing this, then had a great time sweeping and vacuuming after, too! Take a piece of white chalk and rub the wall with the side of the chalk. It’s easier with the fat pieces of regular chalk. But any white chalk seems to work-we basically used all the white chalk we could find in the house-even the anti-dust (which is less dust but not really dust-free) and little skinny pieces of chalk worked.
Then it will look like this.
After that, just take an old rag to wipe it all down. And if you’re lucky, like me, maybe your minions will fight over the mini-vac till the floor is clean!
And finally, you’re ready to celebrate!
Happy chalk boarding!
~Ali (& crew)