If you've ever scrolled through pictures upon pictures of chalkboards on Pinterest, then you've probably also fantasised about creating your own DIY chalkboard wall. Thankfully you don't need to be a interiors designer to whip one up for yourself.
Decorate a whole wall, or just create a mini chalkboard. Either way it's something that everyone in the family can use and enjoy.
Time: Several hours
Paintbrush or roller
Give your wall a good clean so that you're starting with a blank canvas, get rid of any food, stains, or smudges.
Decide how large you're going to make your blackboard. You can cover an entire wall, a panel, or even just have a small square rectangle down low for the kids, or up high for all of your shopping lists and phone notes.
Measure out your wall, then use masking tape to mark the edges. You'll be keeping your painting within these lines.
Now get your newspaper, and tape it outside of the masking tape. This will help catch any spills and make sure you don't go over your lines. Tape it down so that it can't blow away, otherwise you could end up with a few smears of paint where they're not wanted.
You can start with a primer, but it's not necessary. Without one you may find that you need to do an extra coat of paint. At least doing an extra coat means you won't have to pay for the primer too.
Start painting. Keep your painting all in the one direction, with long strokes.
Wait for the paint to dry, and then repeat with a second coat.
A lot of the time a second coat will be all you need, but wait till you're done and judge for yourself whether you'd like a third coat.
Once it's completely dry, peal off the masking tape and newspaper. Follow the instructions on your paint before using the chalkboard, some need at least 45 hours till they can be used.
Now it's time to grab your chalk and have some fun.