As an artist, one would think I would enjoy painting walls, but I sort of despise it! When I had the idea to create a chalkboard space for both my toddler and myself in our kitchen, I wanted to find a way to not have to paint.
Chalkboard paint is great and has so many uses, but it takes time to dry. That is after the multiple coats needed to create the desired surface color and texture. I wanted to avoid this because I didn’t have the time, patience, or commitment to painting a place in my kitchen.
The solution is so cheap and easy: contact paper! It takes minutes to put up and can be removed with ZERO damage in minutes. Perfect for apartment living, or those of us who don’t want to resort to the permanence of paint.
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Contact paper can be found at most big box craft stores or online. The size of your project may cause the price to go up if you want a very large surface area to be covered.
Step one: Decide what shape/size of chalkboard you want. I chose to do the most basic option, with the least amount of cutting: one cut! I kept it in the long rectangle shape and stuck it straight on the wall as is:
Step two: Smooth out bubbles. This is the most difficult task of this simple project. I suggest using something like a credit card or firm edge to help smooth bubbles out. I didn’t mind if there were a few bubbles left.
Step three: Rub the side of a piece of chalk all over the surface of the contact paper to prep surface for use.
Step four: Wipe clean with either a dry or damp (with only a spritz of water) cloth and start drawing!
My son uses Crayola brand sidewalk chalk on ours and it works and wipes clean just fine. Now I can have a large weekly dinner menu and he can have a fun space to draw without getting in trouble. It’s a Mommy win-win.