A few months ago I printed some of my Instagram pictures and put them on some bulletin boards on the big wall - I loved the Instagram pictures themselves but the bulletin boards were kind of dwarfed by the blank wall space.
I had seen a few chalkboard wall pictures on Pinterest (are you on Pinterest? Follow my boards here!) and thought it would be an easy & low cost way to make a big impact.
Our walls were already in good condition so I just patched the few holes that were there from the bulletin boards & sanded the filler down when it was dry. I then measured off the space for the chalkboard paint and used my favorite green frog tape to tape it off.
This is the paint I used - bought from Home Depot for about 10$ a can. I only used about 3/4ths of the can to do the 2 coats on my wall. I gently sanded in between the 2 coats on a couple of rough spots that came up with the first coat of paint - the paint is pretty thick & I had to be careful when using the foam roller to make it not too thick in any one area. I followed the directions on the can & let it dry in between coats & then cure for 3 days before writing on it - the wait was killer for the boys! I had to make sure we had the chalk well hidden in the house for those 3 days!
This is the finished product! We also bought some wall molding and square decorative things to make a frame for the chalkboard to fancy it up a little bit. Marc just nailed those right into the wall after measuring & cutting them down to the right size.
The kids love it & it's already getting tons of use! I should have done this years ago!