We have one of those awkward curved walls in our game room that you just can’t hang anything on without it sticking out or rocking back and forth every time someone walks by. It’s a good sized wall too, and right at the entrance to the room so it stuck out like a sore thumb as blank space in an otherwise fully decorated room. Here’s a pick of the wall before we moved in:
Having added a mural to my master bedroom and my daughter’s room, I thought that might be one way to do something with it, but decided against another mural in the house for the sake of overkill. And then my husband asked me, “what about a chalkboard wall?” (I think I am rubbing off on him.) THIS was exactly what we needed to do! I mean, it IS a game room, which is supposed to be fun, and we do have 2 kids – one of which draws all day every day – so why hadn’t I thought of this sooner?
So I headed to that place we all go for inspiration – PINTEREST – and found this picture I had saved a while back:
I adore empty gold frames and this had been an idea I remembered pinning once upon a time. Heck, I saved it as the cover for my DIY board!
Now remember, my wall is curved, so these frames were not going to work without sticking out from the wall…BUT… combine the chalkboard wall idea with my mural wall idea, and what do you get? Wall Decals! Yep, I could get this same look with frame decals and each frame would conform to the curve of the wall.
I’ve used wall decals before – my daughter’s toddler room had birdcages and my son’s room now is spattered with Seahawks graphics via Fatheads.com – so I know the drill on installation. Easy Peasy. I headed over to Etsy to find the perfect baroque frame decals, and found THIS awesome set by DecalGuruWallDecals for about $37:
Then I did my research on chalkboard paint and wall prep. THIS article by FleeceFun.com with 5 things you should know before painting a chalkboard wall was a big help. After reading the reviews, I chose Rustoleum Chalkboard Paint in Flat Black at Home Depot based on the online comments about good coverage, texture and long wear.
Here’s the keys to success with using this chalkboard paint:
- Prep the area for dust by putting down paper or sheets.
- Sand the wall as smooth as possible. This is a must if you want your chalk writing to have a smooth look and you want to be able to get the wall clean. If you have to refloat the wall, wait 24 hours to paint. A wet-sanding technique will save you some dust cleanup too. Trust me on this.
- Paint at least 2 coats of chalkboard paint – maybe 3. Don’t skimp. Follow directions on the can.
- Let it dry for 48 hours before you do anything else to the wall. Don’t get overly excited, and rush it, and HIDE the chalk from your children. It’s not ready.
- Once you let it set, rub white chalk flat sided against the entire wall – first back and forth, and then up and down. This takes time, it’s messy, and you will break a lot of chalk unless you buy the giant chalk pieces. Cover the whole wall completely. DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP. Yes the wall is a pretty dark black when you paint it, and I know it looks great, but if you don’t “season” the wall with this treatment, you will forever have ghosting on your wall where you can see what was written on it after you try to wipe it clean.
- Rub the chalk in with a dry cloth – pieces of old sheets and towels worked will for me. This smooths out the texture and ensures complete coverage of your “seasoning”.
- Wipe the chalk away with dry cloth till it is as clean as you would like it. I would not use water unless your cloth is just barely damp. Remember, it’s still a wall not a board.
- Clean up all the chalk dust and you are DONE.
I cut around my decals (they came several decals to a page of backing) so I could tape them to the wall with plastic washi tape and get an idea where I wanted them to go. I then started by installing my largest central frame and worked my way out from there to adjust spacing as needed. They came with easy instructions and a scraper tool.
Here’s the final look…
And here’s my little artiste about 5 minutes later. She’s a lefty like her mama.
The contrast catches your eye, the kids love that they can update the wall as often as they want, and it totally solved our curved wall dilemma. (On a side note, you can see we changed the flooring in this area to wood prior to moving as well, so the cleanup is easier that with carpet for sure.)
What do you think? If you’ve been thinking about adding chalkboard paint to a space in your home, I hope this gives you that little push you needed to get it done!
Have a great week everyone!