DIY Chalkboard Paint Project for Your Wall

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DIY Chalkboard Paint Project for Your Wall: The finished project

Use chalk patterns to decorate your wall. It’s more striking than wallpaper, and you can change it whenever you’d like. Just paint your walls with chalkboard paint. Follow these step-by-step instructions. We have downloadable instructions for you to print, too.
Skill Level: Beginner
Time: 2-3 hours, not including drying time
Cost:  About $50
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Step 1

Use your painter’s tape to mask off baseboards and moulding on the wall that you will be painting. Also, lay a drop cloth to protect your floors.

DIY Chalkboard Paint Project for Your Wall: Taping off edges and moulding


Step 2

Prime the walls with primer. Allow it to dry for two to three hours before painting.

DIY Chalkboard Paint Project for Your Wall: Applying primer


Step 3

Once the primer has dried, it’s time to paint with the chalkboard paint. Two coats of chalkboard paint are recommended. Allow four hours for the first coat to dry before applying the second coat.

Before you can write on your chalkboard paint with chalk, allow it to cure for three days. Then remove the painter’s tape.

DIY Chalkboard Paint Project for Your Wall: Applying chalkboard paint


Step 4

For your stencil, you can make one, or use the one we have included in the downloadable instructions. (You’ll see the link at the end of these instructions.)

Print off your pattern on heavy paper and cut it out with a hobby knife. We suggest using poster board and printing out an 8.5-inch x 11-inch stencil. Attach your stencil to poster board with painter’s tape, and cut out the stencil with your hobby knife.

DIY Chalkboard Paint Project for Your Wall: Cutting the stencil


Step 5

Attach your stencil to the wall with painter’s tape and fill in the pattern with chalk ink markers.

DIY Chalkboard Paint Project for Your Wall: Using stencil to apply chalk pattern


Step 6

Step back and admire your unique chalk wall pattern.

DIY Chalkboard Paint Project for Your Wall: A beautiful dining room with chalkboard walls

 Download printable instructions for this DIY chalkboard paint project and get started!

And while you’re at it, take a look at more DIY projects here on The Home Depot blog.

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