Decorating & Design

February 3, 2009

Blackboard In The Kitchen

A DIY blackboard adds bistro-style charm to any kitchen or dining area.

Try this do-it-yourself project to display tonight’s menu on a kitchen or dining room wall or door.

Blackboard Basics

Using blackboard paint is a snap. You’ll have to invest a little time, but the actual technique is quite simple. The keys to success are to apply several coats (two to three), let each dry thoroughly, and allow the final coat to cure for several days before writing on the surface.

  • To prepare the surfaces, lightly sand the area with 120- or 140-grit sandpaper (this will allow the paint to adhere best to the surface). Wipe the surface with a damp cloth to clean away all dust.
  • Using low-tack masking tape, carefully tape off the area you will be painting.
  • Apply a coat of primer. Let dry overnight.
  • Apply a coat of blackboard paint. Let dry overnight.
  • Apply a second coat of blackboard paint. Let dry thoroughly. If needed, apply a third coat. To let the final coat dry thoroughly, wait at least three days (and ideally seven) before writing on the blackboard surface.

Materials and Tools

  • Low-tack masking tape
  • Sandpaper
  • 1 L blackboard paint
  • 1 L primer

What it Cost

Primer: $14
Blackboard paint: $14

Step 1: Prepare door or wall

Use masking tape to mark off the section of the door or wall you would like to paint.

Step 2: Apply paint

Sand, prime and paint the section according to the instructions in “Blackboard Basics”.


David Bagosy