The wall outside our classroom was covered in graffiti so we decided to paint over it with chalkboard paint. We recorded each step of the process to share with other people that might want to do the same.

Step 1: List of Materials

  • Spirt level
  • Sand paper
  • Masking tape
  • Safety glasses
  • Paint brushes
  • Tape measure
  • Paint Scraper (PKQ)

Step 2: Preparing the Surface

First use sandpaper and a paint scraper to chip off the paint and smooth the surface ready for painting. Then use a clamp cloth to wipe away any dust. (EK KE)

Step 3: Measuring Up

Next use a pencil, tape measure and spirit level to mark out where the chalkboard will go. We made our chalkboard 1.1m high by 1.5m long. The total area of the chalkboard was : 1.1x1.5=1.65m2


Step 4: Masking It Off

Then use tape to mask around the perimeter. This will make it easier to paint and will help to leave a nice clean edge when the tape is removed.


Step 5: Time to Paint

Now its time to paint! First paint neatly around the edges, this is called "cutting in". Use a bigger brush to paint the middle. Let the first coat dry before applying a second coat.

Step 6: Finishing Off

Finally its time to remove the tape. It will leave a nice clean edge for the chalkboard. Once the second coat is dry the Chalkboard is ready to use. Be sure to clean up the paint brushes and pack away any mess.

Step 7: Conclusion

It's time to enjoy using the chalkboard wall. It was easy to make and we think it looks great. Now the wall is a fun place to share our art and ideas but it can be easily washed off.