Chalkboard Wall : Sewing Room Inspiration

How to paint a chalkboard wall for your sewing room (or anywhere else)

As a sewer I spend a decent amount of time dreaming of that ideal sewing room. I have a Pinterest board– I’m sure I’m not alone. After the rather painful fabric room purge, if you missed it you can see my tips on your own destash here, I was ready for a clean start in my sewing space.

I’m lucky enough to have a room in our new home dedicated to office and sewing needs. I’m still toggling how it’s all going to get organized, but it allowed me the opportunity for something I’ve wanted for awhile. I big huge giant chalkboard wall.

How to paint a chalkboard wall for your sewing room (or anywhere else)

I’m a constant note taker, list maker, doodler, and visual thinker. Having a space to output that is super appealing. The good news is this wall is contained inside of the room, it can get as messy as I want.

The kids saw the wall and fell in love too. So in addition to my own brain dumps the wall quickly became a place to practice spelling words, sight words and letters. (Side note: I’m totally getting one of these.)

Want to have a chalkboard wall of your own? Here’s how to do it:

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What you need:

Chalkboard Paint

Smooth foam Rollers

Dustless chalk

Chalk holders

Battery Powered Lights

I choose good old fashion black chalkboard paint. You can buy tintable chalkboard paint if you don’t want a big black wall.


Disclaimer: I didn’t do this step.

If you are really concerned with your chalkboard being as smooth as possible you may want to take a fine grit sandpaper to your wall, or apply a really nice prime coat.

Look at your wall see those bumps and texture? Your chalkboard paint won’t smooth those out. I don’t mind that so I didn’t take the time to do big wall prep. You’ll be able to see it in the close up pictures below and decide if it’s worth the sanding time to you.

Painting Your Wall

Using high quality brushes and a foam roller are SUPER important. Don’t think you’re going to get away with cheap rollers and chip brushes-it will not look good.

You want the smoothest application of your chalkboard paint you can get. Inexpensive rollers and brushes will leave really obvious marks and nap in your board, you’ll see every spot you picked up your roller or swiped your brush.

I would plan on two coats.

Allow your paint to cure. Your can will tell you how long they recommend, it’s typically 24 hours to 3 days.

Season your Wall

So you’ve painted your wall and let it cure. Before you draw on it this is an important step. Not like a pinning before sewing that seam is optional or how maybe you skip the basting (I’m not naming names *me*). You have to do this or you’re going to end up repainting your wall. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

How to paint a chalkboard wall for your sewing room (or anywhere else)

Take a piece of chalk and rub it over every square inch of your board. This is going to fill in the crevices and pores.

Depending on the size of your board this can take awhile. May I recommend getting assistants?

How to paint a chalkboard wall for your sewing room (or anywhere else)

What happens if you skip this step? The first time you write on the board your picture/words won’t erase. No matter how hard you try it will be like you burned it into your board. No good. So fill in all those tiny holes first.

Then erase the whole thing.

How to paint a chalkboard wall for your sewing room (or anywhere else)

Now your board is ready to use!

Tools and Decoration

How to paint a chalkboard wall for your sewing room (or anywhere else)

I picked up a box of Dustless chalk and chalk holders. So unlike the name suggests this chalk is not “dustless”. It’s still chalk. However the dust is heavier and designed to fall faster to the ground, as oppose to sifting around in the air and into your lungs. At least that is my understanding of it. If I messing that up please feel free to correct me.

The chalk holders which tout the ability to keep your hands clean are actually awesome because they stop little people from decimating chalk. You know how the second they press chalk to the board they become hulk and snap it in half? And half of a piece of chalk is also totally unacceptable to use? Problem solved.

This saves chalk from being snapped and it hides shorter chalk so they don’t complain about using it. WIN!

How to paint a chalkboard wall for your sewing room (or anywhere else)

I may have to get a second eraser, because there has been fighting over it.

How to paint a chalkboard wall for your sewing room (or anywhere else)

I’ve had these stars for more than a decade. They all hold tea lights, though I rarely light them. I’ve found a place to tuck them in multiple apartments and homes. This seemed a happy place for them to go since they connect me to memories of a creative time in my life.

I twisted a string of battery powered lights around the big star. They add a fun twinkle at night. Mine are very similar to these, only I think I paid that for one strand- arg.

Do you have a chalkboard wall in your house? Is it on your project list?

Happy Sewing Room decorating,


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  • Shelly Morgan October 12, 2016, 9:05 am

    Such a fun idea! And great for keeping the kids entertained while I sew 🙂

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