A chalkboard backsplash is the unique solution to those bothersome times when refrigerator notes held up by a magnet, falls off, never to be read or found again; until we move the refrigerator years later. Or how about recipe cards that fall all over the place? Wouldn’t it be nice to simply write down the recipe above the stove, and then erase it when you’re all done? Or what about an ever changing art gallery created by you and your kids? All these ideas and more can be easily yours with a simple to install chalkboard backsplash.
Prep Work Before you begin your chalkboard backsplash project, you’ll need to do a little prep work first. This basically involves establishing a specific area you will be installing the chalkboard backsplash, removing any debris and preparing the surface for painting the chalkboard paint.
A drywall backsplash with a coat of primer is ready to go, minus any taping off and drop cloth coverage that needs to be applied prior to painting the chalkboard. A backsplash covered with tile however needs extensive work before chalkboard paint can be applied. Remove the tile and sand the drywall until as smooth as possible. Using a drywall knife and joint compound, finish the roughed drywall as smooth as possible. Any heavy or rough textures need to be treated the same way, and smoothed over with joint compound and sanded as smooth as possible.
Applying the Paint Once you’re ready with a smooth drywall substrate, you can begin painting two base coats of a white primer. If you’re looking for a darker chalkboard, by all means, use a darker primer. Allow to dry for a few hours, and then begin applying the chalkboard paint.
Begin by starting with a small roller with a thick napped roller cover and generously coat it with chalkboard paint in a roller pan or tray. Starting from one corner and working up and down, roll one layer of chalkboard paint from top to bottom of you’re tapped off chalkboard backsplash. Don’t worry about holidays (missed spots) just yet. Instead focus on getting a quick coat all the way across the backsplash.
Once you’ve done that, now go back and paint as you would normally paint any other wall with a roller cover. Several coats will definitely be required to get a good and solid coverage fro your chalkboard backsplash. You may need to get two coats on quickly before you do a final coat, especially in colder locations. Allow it to dry 24 hours before use and enjoy your new chalkboard backsplash.