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DIY Chalkboard Paint Wall Idea

Are you looking for a creative wall decor idea on a budget?

This DIY chalkboard paint wall idea is an inexpensive way to allow my children to be creative. My husband built a small room around our sump pump in our basement. He even added a metal door that he picked up from a job site. ON this side of our basement, we have a home gym and my husband uses it to play darts and hang out.

My husband used the same techniques to paint all of the accent walls to paint his metal door with a fun geometric design.


For two years, I looked at the wall and tried to come up with something I wanted to paint for my children to be able to use it. I wanted a wall decor idea that was going to be ongoing, where we could erase drawing easily and change them each year.

My solution was to create a DIY Chalkboard Paint Wall! It took me a long time to come up with my design idea. This wall was painted with this chalkboard paint for over a year before I fully committed to the images that would be on it.

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Considerations for your DIY Chalkboard Paint Wall Idea

When doing this DIY chalkboard paint wall you will have to decide what type of design you want. This is because you don’t want your accent wall to turn into a huge chalky mess. I know with toddlers, that if I did not map the chalk area then my chalkboard wall would have turned messy quickly. Therefore, I chose to design frames and place a quote at the top using chalk paint markers. I placed it high enough so that it would not be smeared.

How to Create a Unique DIY Chalkboard Paint Wall

-Use paint chalk markers to come up with more permanent designs. I used a letter transfer method with chalk on the back of my printout instead of graphite that I describe in this post

-Sketch out design with regular white chalk. To create the inside frame shapes, I traced 3 different pieces of cardboard to create consistency.

-I found it easier to paint some of my designs, like the picture frames using a watered-down acrylic paint mixture. 

Other Tips for your DIY Chalkboard Paint Wall

Read the instructions carefully on the chalkboard paint you use. You can see which product I used here. Most chalkboard paints will say to “prime” the wall first. I only did this inside the frames. In order to prime the wall, you need to take a piece of chalk and rub the long side over to create a base. This helps ensure that your drawings will not be permanent on the wall and can be erased.

My kids absolutely loved this DIY Chalkboard Paint Wall Idea and Design! They were so excited to start creating their artworks.

I could even see this wall decor idea being the perfect accent wall on the other side of our basement or kid’s art area in your house! Have you ever used chalkboard paint for unique home wall decor? I would love to hear your tips and thoughts!

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Robert Johnston

Thursday 25th of April 2019

this is a great idea. I like the frames part because it creates order.


Thursday 25th of April 2019

Great ideas here! I have had the chalk paint bought was a little weary to do it ... after reading and seeing this I can’t wait to set up my chalkboard wall for my kids!


Thursday 25th of April 2019

Awesome! I am glad this post provided inspiration for you! Let me know if you have any questions!


Thursday 25th of April 2019

Such a cool idea! My brother has been looking into this for his kids, I’ll have to share this post with him!


Wednesday 3rd of April 2019

Amazing idea I wish I had done this when my kids were young. I would love to share this with my readers too. Happy Spring, Kippi

Jenn Summers

Wednesday 3rd of April 2019

This such an amazing idea for creativity! I’ve only used chalk paint directly on wall in my home. I used it to create a space for our grocery list next to our pantry. I created a stencil with my silhouette to give it a fancy frame. I think my girls would love this in their room!

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