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Make a statement in your home with blackboard paint

Everyone’s talking about blackboard paint! Versatile and simple to use, it’s the perfect way to make a statement in your home.

Check out our top three ways to use blackboard paint – and don’t forget to follow our step-by-step guide to achieve that all-important finish.

How to use blackboard paint

Blackboard paint makes a grand alternative to a kitchen noticeboard or can provide a space for the kids to get creative in, without worrying about cleaning up a lot of mess.

But what is the trick to getting that perfect blackboard-paint finish?

We talk you through the steps to getting perfect chalkboard walls ready to scribble every over. Make a statement in your home today.

Before you start slopping paint on the walls – make certain you’ve primed them first.

Step 1) Clean the surface

Make certain the surface area is thoroughly clean before applying paint. If you’re painting over a standard emulsion (matt) paint, you can paint directly onto the surface.

If the existing surface is vinyl paint, wood or metal, you’ll need to apply primer.

Step 2) Apply several coats

To get a excellent, even finish, you’ll need to apply several coats. Always check the label before starting, as this should give you a guideline.

Leave each jacket to dry for 3-4 hours before applying the next.

Step 3) Leave it to dry for 24 hours

Once dried, the blackboard paint will be ready to use.

Diy chalkboard paint ideas

To remove chalk simply use a warm, damp cloth.

1) Paint a calendar on the wall

Need to organise your family over the upcoming bank holiday weekends? Paint a blackboard calendar on the wall in your home office.

Use black and white chalkboard paint to stir diverse tones of grey to create an eye-catching effect that’s easier to amend from month to month.

We love Ronseal’s One Jacket Blackboard Paint (250ml), £8.99 from Amazon.

2) Create your own labels

Need to declutter your home for spring? Create your own write-on labels using blackboard paint to assist you get organised.

Once dry, chalk on what’s inside and its use-by date, then wipe off when the jar is empty.

Try Wilko’s quick dry blackboard paint, £3.60 for 250ml.

3) Create an oversized blackboard

Paint the back of a door with blackboard paint to create an oversized message board.

Leave notes for each other, hold track of invitations and record up your shopping list – perfect for busy families.

Looking for more decorating ideas in time for the summer bank holidays?

Check out our ultimate DIY guide.

We love a chalkboard wall at Real Homes – or should we tell ‘chalkboard wall’, as this versatile paint is available in so numerous more colours than standard-issue black. So, whether you desire a handy put to scrawl notes, or just somewhere to show off your artistic flair, here are our top tips for adding a chalkboard wall to your home.

It is a grand weekend decorating project that will convert how your room looks and works in no time.

Inspired? There are plenty more weekend projects to get stuck into over on our hub page.


Diy chalkboard paint ideas

Prep the wall

For the best results, tackle painting a chalkboard wall as you would any other painting project.

1. Thoroughly clean the wall with sugar soap, making certain to own filled and sanded any imperfections beforehand.

2. Tape off the area you wish to paint using quality masking tape.

3. Protect the floor. This is especially significant if you use blackboard paint as the heavy pigment will stain easily.


Diy chalkboard paint ideas

Create a shopping list you will never lose

If love us you are forever misplacing scraps of paper with groceries scribbled on them, why not turn a kitchen wall into one large shopping list. Always shut to hand, you can quickly scrawl a note on the wall when you use the final tin of beans or run out of kitchen roll.


Diy chalkboard paint ideas

Use a chalkboard wall as a wall planner

You will be hard pushed to miss another birthday if it is scrawled in 72pt font on your wall. Why not use blackboard paint to make a family wall planner, or a personal planner in your home office?

You can purchase blackboard decals to stick on the wall (as seen below), but for a bespoke version, use masking tape to mark out a grid, or create a large stencil to paint around.

Find more advice on how to design a home office in our specialist guide.


Ponder about the positioning of a chalkboard wall

Narrow spaces are not the best places for chalkboard walls.

You risk brushing past and ending up with clothes covered in chalk dust. Likewise, hold upholstered furniture away from it. If you decide to paint a chalkboard section instead of a whole wall, make certain you can easily reach it to write.


Get painting

Use a roller for larger areas and a smoother finish. Cut in first, using a brush for tidy edges.

Diy chalkboard paint ideas

If you use a dark colour it may glance love one jacket is enough, but for the best results you will need two to three.


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