How to paint a chalkboard wall

Janine
View the video

How to paint a chalkboard wall

View the video
×

Project Overview

Chalkboard paint is a great way to add fun to kids’ bedrooms. It is also great for using in kitchens, offices and cafes. We’ll show you how to paint a board you can mount on any wall. You’ll also learn how to prepare your surfaces properly and what tools to use to get the best results.
Continue to step-by-step instructions
man stirring paint on laminate benchtop
View the video
00:12
×

How to stir paint

To get the most out of your paint, give it a good stir before you start painting. You’ll find it mixes the pigment better – giving you a more consistent colour. Plus, you’ll make sure all the ingredients are well spread throughout the tin – giving you far greater product performance.

Step by Step Instructions

1 Prime the MDF for the blackboard wall
2 Cover the wall with chalkboard paint
  • Step 1. Prime the MDF for the blackboard wall

    Stir the primer thoroughly and paint it on to your MDF board. Paint the edges of the board as well as the front face just in case they are visible when you mount it on the wall. Then leave the board to dry for as long as suggested on the side of the tin.
  • Step 2. Cover the wall with chalkboard paint

    Chalkboard paint is oil based. Before you open the tin, make sure your work area is well ventilated or wear a mask. Now mix the chalkboard paint in the tin and apply it to the MDF board. Use a foam roller to get a smoother finish. Once the first coat is dry, apply a second. Then your MDF is ready to mount on the wall as a chalkboard.

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • Foam paint roller
  • Paint brush
  • Paint stirrer
  • Rags
  • Roller tray

Materials

  • Chalkboard paint
  • MDF board
  • Mineral turpentine
  • Paint primer
  • Water
kitchen

Guides & Projects How to choose the right colours for your home Choosing the right colours for your home can be confusing. Find out how to choose the right colours for your home with this guide from Bunnings Warehouse.

paint

Guides & Projects How to upcycle almost anything with paint Rather than throwing out old household items, you can restore them with paint. It’s a quick, easy and affordable way to give anything from furniture to fences a new lease on life. However, because not everything is made from the same materials, it’s...

interior paint

Preparation How to choose a paint colour for your indoors A new colour on your walls can transform your indoor spaces. However, there are loads of popular colours to choose from. Andrea from Dulux provides some tips on how to get the right colour for you.

How to choose white paint

Preparation How to choose white paint With dozens of white shades on the market, here's a few tips on how to choose the white that’s right for you.

Scrape the walls 01:51

Preparation How to prepare walls for painting Good preparation is the key to any painting project. We’ll show you a few of the basic steps involved in preparing a wall for painting to make the job much easier.

Store your clean paint brush 02:21

How To Paint How to clean paint brushes You can save a lot on paint projects just by looking after your brushes. We’ll show you how to clean your brushes to get the most out of them.

Person giving the door an undercoat 02:16

How To Paint How to paint a door It’s easy to freshen up your doors with a new coat of paint. We’ll even give you some tips on how to make sure you end up with a great finish.

painting timber exterior 06:32

How To Paint How to paint an exterior wall There’s some things you need to know when preparing and painting an exterior timber weatherboard wall. A splash of paint can make any surface look fantastic, and it doesn’t take very much to do it. We’ll show you how in a few simple steps.

Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
Top of the content