questionshave you used chalk paint?


A few years ago my roommate used the stuff on a piece of wood that we screwed onto the wall. The idea of it was nice, and friends loved to leave us notes but the chalk itself made quite a mess. I just found a picture of the board but what is written on it is soo NSFW I better not post!lol

I didn't realize how vulgar my friends were back in the day. haha


Edit : I am assuming that you mean chalkboard paint, for the purposes of this answer.

I have seen cute projects directly on walls, a friend who is an artist incorporates sections into murals, in children's rooms and lounges, and she said that the coverage is great. 1-2 coats over dark primer. As with any painting prep is key. She said it worked best on super smooth walls.

OTOH, I had another friend lose part of a security deposit, due to the difficulty she had covering some up when she moved. It just kept bleeding through, even after a coat of kills. If you aren't sure, maybe do a section on thin board, in a giant frame from almost any thrift store? I can picture a gallery of them, in fun colors, with matching colored chalk.

Odd timing on this question, just had a conversation with someone today, who has a phobia about chalk. Now I am wondering how they would react to pastels.


Can you clarify if you mean chalkboard paint or "chalk paint," which is a different thing altogether?

If you're asking about chalkboard paint, I'm in complete agreement with the first two responses. Having grown up with black chalkboards in class rooms, I can't imagine why anyone would want the kind of mess chalk leaves, not even on a small patch of wall or in a frame. As to aftermath, I once painted a bedroom wall navy blue and needed five coats of primer and paint to cover it. I doubt chalkboard paint is any easier to cover.

On the other hand, if you're looking for "chalk paint," a google search will yield bunches of info. You might want to start here:


@magic cave: in the clear light of day, not 3am when I first answered, I see that you are probably correct, and the OP meant what they said, chalk paint. I hadn't heard of it before, what an interesting technique, thanks for the great link.


This website is full of DIY projects and I've seen chalk paint mentioned many, many, MANY times. Looks like it can be used on pretty much anything:


@ohcheri: I enjoy that website, also. I went on a DIY-research binge last year, signed up for about 40 blogs on crafting, home dec, and various DIY projects, and finally winnowed the flood of incoming mail down to about a dozen or so. Till I discovered, I'd never heard of chalk paint.


@pickypickypicky: My pleasure. As you'll note in a comment below, I just discovered it last year. Haven't used it yet, but I have an old book shelf I'm considering trying it on.


Chalk paint should not be used on walls but why would you want to? The main purpose it serves is to get paint on a finished wooden surface without it having to be stripped and sanded. It does have a little different look to it but it's not something you should put on a wall. I would suggest that you make your own chalk paint. All you need is paint and plaster of paris, 2 tablespoons to a pint of paint of I remember correctly. and the finish of your paint matters more than getting the right proportions. If you get a finish that's too shiny your chalk paint will dry so fast you'll barely have time to use it. Find the right finish and it'll be smooth as glass. Stay away from Satin finishes, eggshell is okay.

So far we've painted the china cabinet, an old dresser I converted to an entertainment center, my wife's home office desk, and four end tables and a coffee table that we painted with chalk paint.


I used it on the side of a huge desk I have, for my kids to draw on. It worked swimmingly, and the kids loved it. As long as the surface is smooth it makes a great chalkboard.


@y0himba: I don't think OP means chalkboard paint, I think they mean"chalk paint" like for furniture.


@nmchapma: AH! I stand corrected. Sorry for the mistake! Thank you for pointing that out. :)


I find it works much better on a flat piece of furniture then a wall ....


I used it on a table I made for my son. It was interesting, but it did not get used as much as I had hoped. In the end, chalk is kind of messy.


@amschel: Um, we're talking about "chalk paint" as a refinishing paint, not "chalkboard paint" that one would use to write on with sticks of chalk.


@magic cave: Hi, not chalkboard paint. Thank you for the reply and link.


Thanks to all for your replies and links! Sounds like it's best for furniture, so I'll be trying it on two pieces...


@ohcheri: I didn't know about this site, but have it bookmarked now! Thanks.


We found that it was not terribly effective on drywall, particularly textured drywall. The solution we came up with was to cut a piece of 1/4" tempered hardboard to the precise size of the entire wall and paint over that. The process is therefore somewhat more involved.
1. Cut hardboard to size
2. Screw in place, using countersunk screws
3. Fill screw holes
4. Paint entire surface with primer
5. Paint edges of hardboard, where exposed, with appropriate wall paint.
6. Paint two coats of chalkboard paint on hardboard

You may also have to remove and reinstall moldings - or work around them somehow.

We actually also put a couple coats of magnetic paint underneath the chalkboard paint, so this wall now can be used both ways. It's held up fine for several years. Wash thoroughly every few months, and put another coat of chalkboard paint on every 3 years or so.

In our case, the wall we chose was smaller than a single 4x8' sheet of hardboard so the materials cost was minimal.


@narquespamley: @elldee is not talking about chalkboard paint that you would write on. They are talking about "chalk paint" for furniture.


@elldee: If you're still looking for techniques and ideas, you might enjoy this:

I really like this blog. The writer is very creative, does excellent tutorials, and makes it relatively easy for non-creative doofusses like me to feel brave enough to attempt new projects.

She's used it for both walls and furniture. At the end of the page, before the comments, are links to some of her other chalk paint projects.


@magic cave: thank you! i just saw your post. i clicked through to the link and it's terrific.


@nmchapma: I realized that after writing my post and reading in detail the other responses, but left mine up because a number of people seem to be coming to this question confused over what is being talked about and judged my experience would be useful for those.