Projects Made Simple: Turn Any Surface into a Chalkboard (video)

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For the past several weeks I’ve been tackling a DIY project and I’m so excited to share with you all the finished result. Today’s project was inspired by Walmart’s Projects Made Simple. For those of you that don’t know Projects Made Simple is a space on walmart.com dedicated to tips and how-to videos for tackling DIY projects at home. Some of you may remember the last Projects Made Simple post I did when I tackled staining a deck.

Walmart provided the supplies I needed to tackle turning my kid’s beds into a writable surface using chalkboard paint. Check out the video below to see how I did it:


Watch this video on Youtube @ http://youtu.be/WgQSagLDX-M


As you can see in the photo below, that the kid’s beds desperately needed some paint. From years of use and stickers, let’s just say their beds had seen better days.


    Supplies Needed to Paint a Bed with Chalkboard Paint

    items found at Walmart

  • chalkboard paint (I only needed half a can to paint two coats of chalkboard paint on the kidlets bed, so one can allowed me to paint both of my kids beds)
  • paint brush
  • drop cloth
  • something to paint
  • clothes you don’t mind getting paint on :)

As I mentioned in the video, I applied 2 coats of chalkboard paint to the bed allowing 4 hours in between to dry. According to the instructions on the paint you have to wait 3 DAYS before conditioning the writing surface. Waiting 3 days was the hardest part of the whole challenge. To condition the chalkboard surface you just simple rub it with the side of a piece of chalk and then wipe it off. The finished result is pretty cool, in my humble opinion. I’m anxious to paint other items in my home with chalkboard paint :)


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As you can see in the after photo above I added a simple teacup hook to the side of the bed and used a pencil bag from the Back-to-School section at Walmart to hold all of the chalk. This helps keep all of the chalk pieces off of the floor.

Have you used chalkboard paint to paint anything in your home? What did you paint?

Are you looking for more ideas on what to paint with chalkboard paint? How about a section on a wall? Check out the Projects Made Simple page to find out how to turn anything into a chalkboard.

Walmart momDisclosure: I am a Walmart Mom. I have been compensated for my time and efforts in creating this post as well as given samples & giftcard to purchase the supplies needed to tackle this DIY project. As always my participation is voluntary and opinions are my own. My experience may differ from your own.