Renovations, Walls and Floors

Painting a chalkboard wall

Warren Heath

When we spotted these handy hints on local chalkboard paint supplier a.scribe's website, we knew they'd be perfect for all our chalkboard loving readers! If you've considered introducing this popular trend into your home, be sure to study these points first. Preparation Surfaces should be clean, dry and free from loose material, then rubbed down with fine sand paper.

  • Stir paint well before use. It can be diluted with water as it may thicken over time.
  • Lightly sand any previously painted surfaces.
  • A primer is required if the surface was previously covered with enamel oil based paint, any shiny, metal, vinyl or plastic. We also recommend you prime or under coat all bare timber surfaces to save a coat of your chalkboard paint.
Application Chalkboard paint is best applied with a good brush, but a roller or painting sponge will work too. Use two to three coats of paint on your new chalk board space; allow to dry thoroughly between coats.
  • Stir regularly with a flat paddle
  • Light colours tend to need a layer or two more than darker ones. Try to brush in the same direction for each coat. Alternate the direction of your strokes for each coat to produce an even finish.
  • Don’t be deterred by any flecks or a grainy texture in the paint. These can be sanded out later.
  • Leave to dry for four hours.
Almost finished You will need to condition the chalk space before you use it. When you are sure it is dry, gently smooth the area with fine sand paper. Wipe well with a clean damp cloth and you’re ready to go. It’s best to stick to white chalk. Chalkboard paints from a.scribe are water based, so you can clean all equipment with water. Safety
  • Keep out of reach of children.
  • Avoid contact with skin and eyes.
  • If contact with skin should occur, wash immediately with water and soap.
  • If contact with eyes should occur, wash immediately with plenty of water, and seek medical attention.
a.scribe stocks a wide selection of chalkboard paint and chalkboard signs. You can find out more about a.scribe and purchase products online at