Surprise! I really wanted to paint a room with chalkboard paint in our home. I mean, it’s practically a tradition because I’ve painted at least one chalkboard wall in every home I’ve ever been allowed to paint in (exhibit a, exhibit b). In our current home my husband was like, “eh- let’s stick with the white” and I was like, “but, pleaseeeeeee?!!” and so we landed on this. A white chalkboard wall! I love it because it’s fresh, clean and different. It almost doesn’t even look like a chalkboard wall (proof) until you write on it. Voilà! We’re both happy, yet again.
Plus- look! Now I can write our menu for dinner parties (and maybe write “I love you” and draw little hearts as much as I please!)
I’m so happy with our wall. The white throughout our home is Valspar’s Thistle Seed. The chalkboard paint (which is under on the bottom part of the wall around this room) is Benjamin Moore’s chalkboard paint in Woodmont Cream. It matches perfectly, right? Crazy. We were originally planning to have the color matched in chalk paint, but it just worked out that Benjamin Moore already had the perfect color. Niceeee.
One last thing I would recommend to anyone considering a white (or light colored chalkboard wall) is to buy the brightest chalk possible. I found this bright Crayola brand sidewalk chalks at Michael’s and they worked a million times better than the regular colored chalks I tried at first, which appeared faded and sad. Plus the sidewalk chalk comes in cool colors like black, brown and red.
One last little tip! Don’t forget to slate your chalkboard wall before writing on it. This means rubbing it with the side of a piece of chalk and then erasing it. This primes your new wall for writing, so you can erase more easily. If you skip this step you may find your wall too difficult to erase.
I’m so excited about our new wall. It’s the perfect mix of traditional (for him) and quirky (for her) that we needed. I love that it’s possible to buy chalkboard paint in any color these days. xoxo. Elsie
Every time I read your blog I get more and more obsessed with chalkboard walls. I definitely need one once I have my own house!
I am curious how the wall erases and if there are any marks left
I want to paint a wall in my studio to use as a chalk board. Please can you tell me what product you used?
Can you please share with me how the white chalkboard wall is working out? Specifically, how it washes? Does it leave smudges? We have a black board wall and it leaves smudges but still looks cute anyway – wondering if the white would look the same or appear dirty?
Can you please let me know how do you erase your white chalkboard wall? I just painted my room with it and 2 weeks after I am trying to get it out because wanted to paint somethibg else and I cannot get the chalk off the wall non with the water and vinegar neither the coca cola. I did not aplird the primming had no idea and now my wall is a mess csn you please help me.
Hi! Does the chalk erase easily? or Does it leave much residue? I mean, when you erase does the wall become perfectly white again?
Can you use this on an outside table?
I realize I’m a few yrs late to the party since this post, but im painting one of the walls in my daughters room white chalkboard. Can you please explain the priming with chalk first? The whole wall had to be primed? With what color chalk? Planning on doing this tomorrow. Thanks!
After you paint the wall and it has completely dried, use white chalk to cover the entire wall and then wipe it off. The purpose of the priming is that sometimes the first thing on the wall is doesn’t erase as well, so after it is completely covered in white the colored chalks will be easier to erase. 🙂 Hope you have fun!
That looks amazing! I want that in my house.
I seriously do not have time to look through all your posts at the moment… but I will be finding the time. These are all such great ideas! Thank you. Its almost the end of the gardening season and so I’ve been thinking of projects and things to do with the spare time Im going to have. I love the idea of a chalkboard wall but didn’t want a “black” wall.. if they have white… do they have other colours? I had never thought to check!
LOVE this! moving into a new house and need to pick my paint colors, but do the walls get smudgy at all like how chalkboards can get?
What a sweet idea. I had no idea chalkboard paint came in colours other than black! 😀
AHHHH! This is perfect! Love, love, love!
Such a cool idea! I love how you can have the chalkboard wall, but keep things light and bright!
oh my god, this is amazing ! That looks so cool !
That’s amazing! I didn’t even know white chalkboard paint existed and I never wanted to paint a wall with chalkboard paint, because I find it too dark. So this is the perfect solution, thanks for sharing!:)
this is an awesome idea! ive never seen a white chalkboard wall before. well done!!
I love this, it’s such a cool idea. You have really cute handwriting too!
Thanks for this timely article! We recently re-painted our room green, and got some chalkboard paint. I’ve never used it before, but your blog has great tips. I’m going to stencils to create tiny chalkboards in the silhouettes of forest creatures, my first will be a squirrel! I only have a little bit so the rest will be for crafts…
Love your pendant lights hanging above the table! They suit the space perfectly.