My chalkboard wall is complete! As promised, here are the photos:
It was actually a lot easier than I thought it would be and I would highly recommend it to everyone! Here are a few tips I have if you decide to tackle this project:
1. one quart of paint goes a LONG way. I purchased one quart and didn’t even use half of it. I’m happy to Pay It Forward with my quart of paint and pass it along to anyone interested in a chalkboard wall.
2. Use a painting pad for a completely smooth finish. A brush will leave brush strokes (I did use a brush for the edges and touch-up) and a roller will leave orange peel looking marks.
3. If you paint a cabinet or door, rough up the surface with some sandpaper and wipe clean before painting. I had some paint peeling issues when I removed the tape and I think it was because I didn’t rough up the surface enough.
4. Do more than two coats. I did three and according to Josh it’s just like a real chalkboard. I read on the internet of people doing four coats. Wait a couple of hours between coats. The paint can (Valspar) said wait 24 hours between coats but I thought that was kind of silly.
5. After you finish the last coat, remove tape and do any touch-ups. Then, let ‘cure’ for a couple days.
PS- the smiley face is kinda creepy…sorry!