A kitchen makeover doesn’t only mean you need to paint your kitchen cabinets, worktops, or tiles, or tiling a kitchen backsplash. You can add some small things that will make your kitchen look amazing, like a new wine rack to feature your precious wine collection. Or buy a new rug, add cosy under cabinet lights to warm up the atmosphere. Cool right? But what about making a chalkboard for one of your kitchen’s walls and boosting your kitchen’s wall decor? Even cooler, right?
In fact, you can make a black chalkboard in every room from the dining room and home office up to, of course, the kids’ room and playroom and enhance your home decor. However, a small chalkboard in a modern kitchen can make it more appealing and groovier. Thus, if you’re thinking of making a kitchen chalkboard wall, this is how to do it. Just read our tutorial!
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Planning and preparing for your kitchen chalkboard wall
The first thing to do is to prepare your wall. Like in all DIY projects, you need to prepare the surface you’re going to tackle. For the DIY chalkboard, you should do the following steps for successful results:
- Sand the wall first. It’s very important to make the surface even to help the paint adhere. If you intend to make a large chalkboard, you can use a sander or a sanding block.
- Clean the wall with soapy water. After cleaning it, dry it with a new dry cloth.
- While cleaning, check for any cracks and flakings. If there are any, repair them.
- Mark the area you are going to paint. Use painter’s tape (or masking tape will do the trick) to mark the borders of your chalkboard. You may need to use a laser level to ensure that your borders are straight.
- Finally, protect the floor and all the surrounding surfaces by using drop cloths. It’s probably the most important step, especially if you use blackboard paint. Any paint drips of this thick pigment will stain everything.
Step-by-step guide: How to make a DIY kitchen chalkboard wall
Making a chalkboard is a walk in the park and doesn’t require many or special materials. Here’s a step-by-step tutorial on how to make your chalkboard. Just before trying to paint a wall, you can test the place using a paper decal.
- Chalkboard paint
- A paintbrush
- Paint stir sticks
- Foam paint roller and tray
- White chalk
Steps to follow:
- Use a paint stir stick to mix the paint carefully.
- Then, pour some amount into a paint tray. But wait! Don’t start painting yet. First, wait for any paint bubbles to pop.
- Next, dip a foam paint roller into the tray and start painting your wall. For the corners and borders, you better use a paintbrush.
- Allow the paint to dry for about 2-4 hours.
- As soon as the first coat has dried, you can apply a second one. Apply a third coat if you still notice any strokes or are just not satisfied with the result. But make sure you let some time for each coat dry.
- After the final coat, let it dry for at least 72 hours (3 full days).
- Finally, and as soon as the chalkboard fully dries, you need to treat your chalkboard. Or better say, you need to season it. How? Get a piece of white chalk and rub the chalkboard surface vertically. Then use an eraser or a dry towel and erase it! Do the same horizontally and erase again.
Voila! Your chalkboard is ready, waiting for you to display your weekly menu or use it as a backsplash and protect your wall from splashes.
Chalkboard wall design ideas for your kitchen to upgrade your home
A chalkboard wall isn’t just painting an accent wall in your kitchen with chalkboard paint. There are many things you can do and enhance your kitchen. Here are some of the most popular decor ideas you can choose from according to your needs and the dimensions of your kitchen.
Chalkboard in a wood frame
Another great concept is to make a chalkboard using a wood frame as borders. You can apply this if you don’t want to paint an entire wall. Depending on the surface you want to cover, mount some wooden frames and paint the inside. The width of the frames will be determined according to the size of the chalkboard you intend to make and the rest of the kitchen decor. Use thin frames if you want a minimalist look or thick ones for a shabby chic style. You can use it as your grocery or shopping list. Hang some greenery at the bottom if you like. Small pots with some herbs hanging on the blackboard will make your wall more interesting, and you’ll bring nature into your kitchen. You can do the same even if you use it as a backsplash over your counter.
Make a chalkboard backsplash over the countertop
It’s the most popular idea and fits in any kitchen style. Use it as a memo board or an organiser of your shopping list. You can also make a chalkboard countertop to use as a coffee station and turn it into a message board or a menu board.
Chalkboard on the kitchen island
When it comes to decorating a kitchen island, there isn’t much you can do. However, a layer of chalkboard paint can turn them into an eye-catching spot in your kitchen, plus the perfect place for kids to be creative.
Make chalkboard signs
Turn some photo frames into chalkboard signs and place them on the counter. Boost your kitchen decor by hanging a couple of these signs. To make it more enthralling, you can write inspirational quotes about life or as a menu board.
Make a magnetic chalkboard
An excellent idea is to turn your chalkboard into a magnetic one. The steps are the same. To turn your simple chalkboard into a magnetic one, all you have to do is add magnetic primer into your chalkboard paint. At least three coats of this paint are enough to makeover your kitchen. You can make it everywhere you like, even over your sink.
How to clean your chalkboard wall for a fresh finish
Erasing your chalkboard with a sponge isn’t always enough. Most of the time, you end up with a blurred white surface full of chalk dust, making your kitchen look untidy. You need to do more to keep your chalkboard clean with a fresh finish. And we can help you with that. We have some cleaning methods to make your chalkboard clean.
1. The cola method:
What you will need:
- Clean felt chalkboard eraser
- Microfiber cloth
- Coke or cola
- 1 sponge
- 1 bowl
Steps to follow:
- Start the cleaning process by erasing anything written from the chalkboard. Begin from the upper left corner and move toward the bottom. This way, there won’t be any chalk residue left.
- Clap your eraser to remove the dust and erase again to get rid of any remaining chalk.
- Finally, use a dry microfiber cloth and wipe the entire surface once more.
- As soon as you have cleaned the chalkboard, fill a bowl with cola and soak a sponge in it.
- Squeeze the sponge to remove excess cola.
- Starting from the top and moving to the bottom, wipe the surface with the cola wet sponge. Every so often, rinse the sponge and resoak into cola.
- Finally, after you have wiped the entire surface, use a damp microfiber towel to clean the chalkboard from the cola residue.
2. The water-vinegar method
If the cola trick doesn’t work, you can do the white vinegar trick.
- ½ cup of distilled white vinegar
- 4 cups of lukewarm water
- A bucket
- A soft cloth
Steps to follow:
- Wipe first the wall to erase anything written.
- Fill a bucket with ½ cup vinegar and four cups of water.
- Dip the cloth into the vinegar solution and wipe the chalkboard from the top moving to the bottom.
- Rinse the cloth and wipe the surface with clean water.
3. The lemon method
If you don’t like vinegar’s intense smell, you can use lemon oil instead of vinegar. The process is quite the same as using vinegar. Just before wiping the wall with the sponge, you need to:
- Instead of using a soaked sponge in the solution, just pour a few drops of lemon oil on it.
- Next, place it in a resealable bag and let it soak overnight.
- Then, you can use it to clean the chalkboard surface; just be sure it’s completely dry before starting organising your grocery list.
EXTRA TIP: If you want to avoid all the mess and dust that traditional chalk creates, you can use chalk markers instead.
There are many design ideas to transform your kitchen walls using chalkboard. You can use it as a weekly planner, message board, wall art, and a menu board to inform your family about the weekly menu. Make a chalkboard on an accent kitchen wall and make it the focal point of the room!