A while ago I posted a tutorial for making your own chalkboard paint. I finally got around to painting one of our dining room walls with the paint. Unlike the table that I painted in my last post, I did not sand the wall after painting. Well, I began to sand and then decided that it was a very, very bad idea. The sanding took off too much paint. So I touched up the wall and then skipped the sanding.
The great thing about making your own chalkboard paint is that you can make it whatever color you wish. Our chalkboard wall is the same color as the rest of the living and dining room (except for the accent wall). So if you were to visit our home you would not be able to tell that our wall was, in reality, a chalkboard unless we left the writing on it.
Having a whole wall as a chalkboard has been extremely useful:
- We use our chalkboard wall for our family schedule, listing each activity by day.
- I list the children’s school work or other responsibilities and they initial when they are done, so that if someone is playing outside I can look and immediately see if they have completed all their tasks for the day.
- I list assignments that they must do at some point during the week, but not necessarily on a certain day, that way they have the responsibility for scheduling themselves and making sure they get everything done, but they do not have the excuse of “forgetting”. (We do our poetry and nature journals this way.)
- We let the little ones “color” on the bottom part of the wall, but we instruct that they must ONLY use the chalk.
- We use the chalkboard for learning vocabulary words, diagramming sentences, math problems, illustrations, etc.
- I have also used it to jot down a phone number, grocery or to do list. Unlike a piece of paper, the wall doesn’t get lost or thrown away before it’s time.
I wondered in my last post about the chalkboard dust getting messy. Since our chalkboard wall is in the dining room, the floor is swept a few times each day already, so the dust has been a non-issue. Even if we weren’t sweeping so frequently I’m not sure that it would be problematic. Unless you have small children drawing a lot the dust is minimal.
I was also concerned that it would be difficult to keep the wall clean. Most of the time we simply wipe the chalk off with a dry cloth. If it needs more than that, a quick wipe with a damp cloth has done the trick. So neither of my concerns have been realized.
One caution: I have found that our blue chalk tends to leave a blue residue unless removed with a damp cloth. So we have been sticking with more neutral colors.
Here is our chalkboard wall shown with our contrast wall and it’s display of children’s art. This picture is included merely to tempt you to come back next week and read about my ingenious idea to artfully display our children’s art work without clogging up the fridge. Come on, with 9 children do you really think that I have enough space on the fridge for all of their masterpieces? I love, love, love this idea and love how beautiful the children’s work looks displayed on our wall in this fashion. Are you tempted?
Want to know more about homeschooling? You may be interested in reading my series on Why We Homeschool or stick around to read about how we homeschool 9 children, how we set up and organize our home for year round education and lots of curriculum and educational product reviews that I have planned for the up coming year.