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Kids Chalkboard Art Wall~How to turn a textured wall into a smooth wall

It’s time for another fun, monthly blog hop–featuring 10 of our favorite creative bloggers! This month’s theme is all things CHALKBOARD, and we just know you’ll have a blast with these projects. I’d love for you to pin our collage below, check out how to turn a textured wall into a smooth wall for a chalkboard surface (using my own paint color), and then go see all the other fabulous projects created by some of my friends!

Kids Chalkboard Art Wall + 9 other chalkboard projects

To see each fantastic Chalkboard Project up close, join the Blog Hop! These are numbered from the top left corner going across, then the second row.

1 • Lolly Jane sharing a Chalkboard Calender
2 • Thirty Handmade Days with an Anniversary Idea + Collection of Printable Chalkboard Tags
3 • Six Sisters Stuff sharing a Cheap and Easy Kids Chalkboard Table
4 • Landee See Landee Do sharing a Hexagon Chalkboard
5 • Little Miss Momma sharing a Jumbo Chalkboard Tutorial
6 • Or So She Says sharing a Vintage Ruler-Framed Chalkboard Sign
7 • Eighteen25 sharing a Super Simple XL Chalkboard
8 • Capturing Joy sharing a Kids Chalkboard Wall Art
9 • Simply Kierste sharing her Chalkboard Binder Labels
10 • Your Homebased Mom sharing a Chalkboard Party Backdrop


Now, onto my chalkboard project. My kids LOVE their new chalkboard wall!  In Texas, we have always had textured walls, and I never thought about how tricky it would be to write on it because…well….I don’t normally write on the wall. I was so excited to find a great tutorial tip for fixing that issue without using heavy boards in making a chalkboard surface. Pig and Paint has a great tutorial, and I’ll share a few other tips in my step by step.

How to turn a textured wall into a smooth wall for a chalkboard surface, click to see 9 other Chalkboard projects by my creative friends!

I have this very un-used space in my home, it’s a long hallway that connects our living room (that is supposed to be a dining room) to our kitchen. It’s a narrow hall that wouldn’t do well with any type of table, so I’m trying to make the walls interesting and usable. Since I love Decorating with Portraits, I’ve put a bunch of family pictures through the years on both sides of the wall. A few weeks ago, I pulled out the long roll of art paper that I have, and randomly decided to tape it to this wall and the kids had fun coloring. It triggered the idea to make this space more fun and useable and turn it into a Kid’s sized chalkboard art wall! Kids sized because it’s low to the ground and easy access for them to color away.

chalkboard wall

Here is a little collage of the process (taken mostly at night with a cell phone):

Textured Wall into Smooth Wall


  1. Adhere Paper wall liner to desired spot (this was the hardest part because ours was so wide, a few helping hands is ideal. See how to put this up on Pig and Paint post.
  2. Prime the liner with primer
  3. Paint the color paint you’d like as your chalkboard surface (I used Navy Blue). Any paint, doesn’t have to be chalkboard paint
  4. Paint a second coat of color for a richer look
  5. Paint Clear Chalkboard Coating (Americana brand found at Hobby Lobby) going horizontal
  6. Paint Clear chalkboard coating going vertical (making sure it covers entire surface)
  7. After it dries 24 hours, cure the paint by coloring in the entire surface with chalk (bottom right image in collage)
  8. Write with chalk and have fun!

After the chalk surface was all ready to go, I framed out the edges. I looked at my options at my local Home Depot and settled on the same trim that we used to frame out the window in my Girls Fancy Bedroom Makeover. It’s a nice decorated 4 inch trim, though I got so much, it  was a good $50 at checkout. You pay by the foot. Oh well, you win some, you don’t win some. I loved it (and they already cut it for me) so I moved forward.  I like to make as many projects as possible–family projects. I’m still learning to use power tools and feel confident with measuring and such, and pulled the kids in to help.

Adding Trim to Chalkboard Wall

In the bottom right picture, we were about to go to the pool when I had just cut the trim and wanted to measure it up on the wall. I needed all those extra hands (and feet) to help hold it up!  Once it was nailed up, we were all done, wahoo!!

navy blue chalkboard wall

Though it’s hard to tell from the picture, I used a navy blue color for the chalkboard wall because it matches the hues of the adjoining room, you can see my Family Room Makeover with blues and greens.

When I was prepping to write on it, I felt paralyzed with the anxiety of my not-so-pretty handwriting. I looked up a few tutorials for writing pretty (and found some from the Lily Pad Cottage, In My Own Style, and Lilacs and Longhorns) that I will for sure refer to again. Multiple explanations and tips really help me. When I expressed my nerves to my sister in law Julie (who is currently living with us) and asked her if she had pretty handwriting, she didn’t hesitate to say, “yes!” I like that…know your talents. We pulled out the new Liquid Chalk Markers I found online, and she got to work.  (These markers are pretty fabulous, they are wet wipe to come off, so don’t come off with touching of the hand, it also looks pretty when in use!)

chalk ink wet wipe markers

 Liquid Chalk Pens

The little ones approved!

chalkboard art wall


chalkboard wall on textured wall

All of my kids can spread out at the same time and play, they love it!

kids writing on chalkboard wall

chalkboard wall for kids

So go ahead, you know you’ve wanted to make your own chalkboard (I have for a while). If you’ve got textured walls, or can’t find the chalk paint color you want, it doesn’t matter! You can do it all yourself!!!

chalkboard in hallway

Chalk Art Wall

Do you love it as much as I do?!? Where do you want to put a chalkboard in your home?



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  1. love it Kristen!! and I love how your kids were part of the process. :)

  2. This is fabulous Kristen! My kids would LOVE it!

  3. LOVE THIS — I’m obsessed w/ all things chalkboard and love that this is at the perfect height for little ones!! :) My husband and I made a huge outdoor chalkboard for our little guy that I absolutely love! Here’s a link if you want to check it out:

    And I’ve been meaning to try those markers – I’ve heard it’s a little hard to “erase” them, but love the bright color they give! So glad I found this little round-up! :)
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    • Kristen Duke says:

      Yes, those markers are “wet erase” we just used a wet cloth and it worked great. I love the way it looks with the bright colors;) I LOVE your outdoor chalkboard, that blue border is fabulous!!! I’m still trying to decide if I want to paint our frame…going to spruce up that wall with a few colors.

  4. Christine says:

    Love this idea! Aren’t textured walls such a pain! Total side question….are your wood floors wood, tile or laminate? I love them. I’ve been searching for the perfect floor to replace my horrible kitchen floor. Thanks for sharing your talents!,

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Yes, the texture is tough to paint on, and projects like this for sure! Our flooring is engineered wood. I love that it is distressed and multi colored, so it hides knicks and bumps a lot! THe color is just the right shade so you can’t tell if it’s dusty either!

  5. Holy wow! That turned out amazing! Can I go back in time and be one of your kids? Love it!
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  6. That’s terrific! I’m impressed with how bright the chalk markers are. Does the board erase well (with regular chalk)? I’ve painted one using Chalkboard paint before, and it doesn’t erase well at all. Just curious. :) I started using “Dustless Chalk,” and that has helped some. I didn’t know that the regular Crayola Chalk is NOT designed for chalkboards until I started researching it. Apparently, it’s only for art projects, and the Dustless Chalk is what you’re supposed to use on chalkboards. I’m not quite sure why they call it “dustless.” That’s definitely a misnomer. :) Anyway, I love your new chalkboard!
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    • Kristen Duke says:

      I’ve never heard of the dustless chalk, but sounds nice because I’ve noticed chalk dusting all over the floor below! The markers erase well with a wet cloth, not a standard eraser.

  7. I love how it turned out! I don’t even have kids at home and I want a chalkboard art wall!!

  8. Super cute, Kris. I love the 13 articles of faith taped to the door too! How FUN for the kiddos!! Love it!! xoxox
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  9. Wow, this seriously is FUN for the whole fam. And Julie’s penmanship is AWESOME! Must learn her ways….

    Had fun joining you ladies for the blog hop this round, representing Or So She Says! Wish we could have met at Haven, Kristen, but that’s what next year is for, right?

    The Thinking Closet
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    • Kristen Duke says:

      I missed meeting so many people at Haven that I was hoping to, wish I would have known you were there! Loved your ruler project, too;) Yes, agreed, Julie has great penmanship!

  10. Very cute! I love your sister-in-law’s handwriting! I want to add a chalkboard wall at the bottom of our basement stairs, also in a hallway that isn’t very usable. I’m thinking of doing it half chalkboard and half magnetic-wall to hang up artwork, etc. I love the trim too. Trim sure does get expensive fast.

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Yes, that dang trim! I’m thinking you might be able to make a chalkboard magnetic–look into that! But half and half is fun, too;)

  11. I just love that you got everyone’s hands and feet in this project! My daughter loves to write on the chalkboard we made for the kitchen, but all the dust is not fun. I need to get some of those chalk markers for her to draw with!!!
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    • Kristen Duke says:

      Yes, the markers don’t leave the dust, but you have to wet wipe them clean (which is nice when you don’t want something to erase so easily)!

  12. LOVE this Kristen! My husband and I have been ‘planning’ a chalkboard wall for our boys but weren’t sure what to do about that texture on the wall. Can’t wait to show him this! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Loving this wall and the chalkboard markers! Wish we lived closer so I could send my kids over to play :)

  14. What a perfect way to make use of that space! Great job! I love a good chalkboard : )

  15. I love how it turned out! One question, hope it isn’t too dumb, but what is paper wall liner and where do i get it? Thanks!

  16. We do believe all of the tips you may have provided for your write-up. These are incredibly convincing which enables it to certainly work. On the other hand, this content are incredibly quick for first timers. May well you please extend these a bit out of when? Thanks for the write-up.


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