I have always wanted a chalkboard for my kids to draw on and express themselves artistically. I have given thought to purchasing chalkboard contact paper and I have searched high and low for a large frame to create a chalkboard with, but I could never find one that I liked. Chalkboard contact paper was something that I was kind of iffy on because I did not want a seam. I did not want to spend money on something that my kids would have peeled off of the wall and I was not sure how long it would hold up….but it was definitely something I considered. My ideal chalkboard is something similar to this one, here…but it is not kid friendly.
I needed to be able to find a chalkboard that was lightweight since I cannot really hang heavy things on some of the walls (rental…firewalls, weird walls, etc…). I also needed it to be budget friendly, so I decided to use left over vinyl flooring from a previous project and chalk paint that I had stored away. I painted the chalkboard the same way that one would paint a wipeable vinyl rug, minus the sealing part. What I love about using vinyl is that I could easily cut and shape the chalkboard to my liking.
Vinyl flooring cut to size and shape
finish nails and hammer
1. You will be painting the back side of the vinyl, so clean it/wipe it down and make sure it is not dirty.
2. Prime backside of vinyl
3. Once primer is dry, hang it up on the wall at desired location using finish nails than paint with chalkboard paint–2-3 coats will do fine
4. Sit and let cure for about 2 days
5. After the paint cures, take some chalk and color it sideways across the chalkboard. Doing this will seal the chalkboard paint.
*Important- Let the chalkboard cure a couple days prior to using it–like all paint it needs to settle or else it will not come out right.