I really wanted to put a chalkboard in my room, a little bit because it might help me keep more organised when I work (I work from home), but mainly because I’m a child at heart and I want to doodle with chalk.
I found some lovely boards online, but the prices weren’t quite so lovely and I didn’t want to pay out a small fortune for something I would probably ruin with my terrible artistic skills. So I decided to do a bit of a DIY job, and it was so easy!
Simon had an old wooden frame which he wasn’t fussed about keeping and he let me have it. That was the tricky bit out of the way! I then bought some blackboard paint from Wilkinson and got to work.
|Quick Dry Black Board Paint - Wilkinson|
I covered my floor in newspaper so I didn’t ruin the carpet and covered the whole bit of wood with the paint – frame and all. I forgot to take any pictures of the process, but it really is as simple as it sounds. If you don't want to paint the whole frame, masking tape would work to cover up the bits you want to keep clean.
Although one coat would have been fine, it wasn’t as opaque as I wanted it, so the next day when I had a spare ten minutes I put another coat on it. After the second coat had dried (a couple of hours later) I was left with my very own bargain chalkboard! Ta-da!
I think this would work on any frame or spare bit of wood – anything you’re happy to have on your wall really. Now I can draw on my wall with no risk of being told off by the landlord!