My youngest little guy LOVES to color. I wanted to make sure I incorporated his passion into our playroom designs. That is exactly why I chose to do a chalkboard accent wall.
Instead of doing straight up black chalkboard paint, I wanted to choose my own color. My choice; Restoration Hardware Flint. (I had it color matched in latex paint at Home Depot to keep it a little more budget friendly.)
To get from plain latex to chalkboard paint, I mixed 2 cups of the color matched paint and 4 Tablespoons non-sanded grout together. This worked beautifully.
Along with the help of my four year old, I applied two coats of this concoction to the wall and let it dry for 24 hours.
Then, I primed the surface with chalk. That way the first
scribbles drawings on the wall weren’t our permanent artwork for the room.
Finally, to add an educational touch to the kid’s space, I choose to stencil the alphabet across the top of the accent wall.
This process took a little while, but was pretty easy.
I taped the stencils to the wall and chalked each letter. This way they can be easily changed if we so desire.
To touch up the ABC’s, I used a wet Q-tip to erase any unwanted markings.
We are in love with this wall. The boys enjoy coloring on it and so do I.
Now, if I can only make it clear to my two year old that this is the only wall we chalk on. *sigh*