How to paint a chalkboard wall

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How to paint a chalkboard wall

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Project Overview

Chalkboard paint is a great way to add fun to kids’ bedrooms. It is also great for using in kitchens, offices and cafes. We’ll show you how to paint a board you can mount on any wall. You’ll also learn how to prepare your surfaces properly and what tools to use to get the best results.
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Step by Step Instructions

1 Prime the MDF for the blackboard wall
2 Cover the wall with chalkboard paint
  • Step 1. Prime the MDF for the blackboard wall

    Stir the primer thoroughly and paint it on to your MDF board. Paint the edges of the board as well as the front face just in case they are visible when you mount it on the wall. Then leave the board to dry for as long as suggested on the side of the tin.
  • Step 2. Cover the wall with chalkboard paint

    Chalkboard paint is oil based. Before you open the tin, make sure your work area is well ventilated or wear a mask. Now mix the chalkboard paint in the tin and apply it to the MDF board. Use a foam roller to get a smoother finish. Once the first coat is dry, apply a second. Then your MDF is ready to mount on the wall as a chalkboard.

Tools and Materials


  • Foam paint roller
  • Paint brush
  • Paint stirrer
  • Rags
  • Roller tray


  • Chalkboard paint
  • MDF board
  • Mineral turpentine
  • Paint primer
  • Water

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