Long before I created our full-sized chalkboard wall, I dreamed of a chalkboard wall. But I’m a renter. And using black chalkboard paint to cover one giant wall is not very landlord friendly. I was also a little afraid of the dust that the chalk would create. But then I collaborated with The Land of Nod to create a shared art room and office space and I revisited the idea of the chalkboard wall. After a lot of brainstorming and research I found a great solution for creating a full-sized chalkboard wall with little to no commitment: chalkboard contact paper!
Here’s how you make your very own renter-friendly, low commitment DIY chalkboard wall.
chalkboard contact paper (I bought four rolls to do my whole wall—measure yours first to see how much you’ll need.)
a smoothing tool (similar to what you use for wallpaper and decal application)
chalkboard eraser (Get a dustless one like this to help minimize dust mess.)
Step 1: First, measure the wall or area of wall you want to use.
Step 2: Order the number of rolls you’ll need to cover that space.
Step 3: Starting at the top and in a corner of your wall, tape your first roll where you want it to start. You can use a level or ruler to make sure it is straight (although I just eyeballed mine).
Step 4: Starting at the top and working your way down, peel the backing paper down, revealing the sticky side of contact paper, and smooth to the wall with your smoothing tool from the center out to the edges.
Step 5: Continue with your next roll, overlapping on the last one slightly. That way, if your roll is a little crooked you won’t see it because you’ve overlapped on the last roll and your wall underneath won’t show.
Step 6: Once you’ve used all of your rolls and smoothed them thoroughly, cut around any plugs or light switches, or along the bottom if your roll is longer than your wall, with your X-Acto knife.
This entire process took me about thirty minutes. Mine isn’t perfect, but it looks great, is holding up really well about two years in, and is now the most popular activity at our house! We have created a solar system and an under-the-sea world, a city, and now have a half-dinosaur, half-bug world. And we take a picture of my son in front of his creation before we erase and start again. He loves it.
As you can see, Charlie loves it and spends a lot of time at his chalkboard. He usually doesn’t erase until he’s completed a “scene” on the entire board, so I only have to do a dust clean-up once every week or two instead of constantly. And for 30 minutes and around $30 it was such an amazing investment. Plus I can remove it super easily if necessary or when we move.
Don’t forget to check out the completed art room project here!