How to Prepare Your Walls for Chalkboard Paint

A wall with chalkboard paint.
What You'll Need
Drywall tape and mud
Drywall scraper
Stud finder
Straight edge

You can use chalkboard paint in a child's playroom or bedroom as an inexpensive way to let them use their artistic ability on their wall. One of the best things about painting a chalkboard wall is that you do not need to learn any fancy painting techniques. A special paint is all that is required to successfully create an artistic environment in any room. Before you can actually paint the wall, there are some things you must do to prepare it first.

Step 1 - Inspect Wall

Before you start getting out the paintbrushes and chalkboard paint you need to first check out the wall to see if you need to make any repairs. Take a quick visual inspection of your wall and its surface to determine what needs to be fixed or filled in.

Step 2 - Clean Wall Surface

Using some mild detergent and warm water, go over the entire surface of the wall to remove the dust, dirt, or other markings that have accumulated over the years. This is also a good time to go over the wall again and take note of any repairs that will be needed.

Step 3 - Fix Wall

In most walls there are going to be scratches, dents, holes, and other problems that should be fixed before applying the chalkboard paint. If the damage is small you can get by with a simple application of drywall mud to the surface. Place a small amount of a spreader and evenly distribute it along the damaged area. Work it into any scratches to give it a level surface. Once it dries you can sand it down lightly to the finished level of the wall.

Step 4 - Do Bigger Repairs

There are times when you may have to cut out a portion of damaged drywall and replace it with a new piece. This might be necessary in the case of mold or larger holes. Use a stud finder to locate the studs on either side of the hole and mark the center of them. Use a straight edge and mark straight lines from which to cut on. Cut out the damaged portion of wall. Measure a new piece to fit the hole and cut it out. Screw the new piece into position and apply drywall tape and mud. Sand it down to a smooth finish once it has dried.

Step 5 - Wash a Second Time

After all of the repairs that needed to be done are completed, go over the wall again with warm water and a mild detergent. Use a sponge and rinse it out thoroughly every few minutes to make sure that you do not leave any dirty residue behind.

Step 6 - Dry Wall

Use a soft towel and go over the entire wall to dry any water and remove dust that might have been missed. Anything that will get in between the chalkboard paint and the wall will cause it to not adhere correctly. Go over the entire surface again with a wet/dry vac if you have a lot of dust in the room.