As part of the makeover of my son’s bedroom, I wanted to create a fun chalkboard desk surface for him to write and build legos on. The idea of a chalkboard coated surface came to me when I remembered how much he liked the mini-chalkboard decals that used to be on his room wall.
Creating a chalkboard surface on any desk or flat surface couldn’t be easier with the right tools. Here’s how you can create your own chalkboard desk!
- 3M fine grit sanding block
- Valspar High-Hiding Primer tinted gray
- Rustoleum chalkboard paint
- 2″ paint brush
- Foam brush
- Small craft paintbrush
- Desk surface (I used pre-cut finish grade plywood)
- ScotchBlue painter’s Tape
- General Finishes Water-based sealer (or satin Minwax Polycrylic)
Begin by lightly sanding your desktop with the sanding block. Wipe any dust off with a damp rag.
Paint one coat of primer on your desktop surface. (A little note about my primer: I asked the Lowe’s paint department to tint it as dark as they could with black colorant. This helps when you are painting over the primer with a dark color.)
After the primer has dried, create a border on your desktop with painter’s tape. Press the edges down firmly with your fingers. Paint one coat of chalkboard paint with the paint brush. Brush the paint in one direction. Let that layer dry. Repeat with a second coat brushing across the original strokes (i.e. vertical then horizontal.) Read more