Making a magnetic chalkboard wall

April 27, 2017

We’ve been busy making a magnetic chalkboard wall in E’s new room. Everyone loved her old chalkboard wall and toddler reading corner so we wanted to recreate it to a larger scale and this time with super-special magnetic properties.

Want to know how we did it? Stick with me…

Making a magnetic chalkboard wall in children's bedrooms

It’s been all change on the bedroom front since work on our loft conversion finished. E moved in to what used to be our old bedroom, complete with this former monstrosity – which has since been painted white and looks a million times better (honestly). F moved into to E’s old room, which you can see in its old form in her toddler room tour – her Ikea spice rack bookshelves are still there though. We are upstairs in the big attic room, which my builder promised would be a ‘quiet grown-ups sanctuary’ (hahahahahaha).

Magnetic chalkboard wall for children's bedrooms Making a magnetic chalkboard wall for children's bedrooms

This patch of wall was a built-in cupboard in a previous life, which was removed to make way for our new loft stairs. And since then it has been a plasterboard wall waiting patiently for something to happen (I have to admit we’ve been terrible at finishing off the really small jobs after all the building work was finally done – tell me it’s not just us?!).

How to make a magnetic chalkboard wall with paints - perfect for children's bedrooms and kitchens

We were just going to use the standard Wilko’s chalkboard paint we used last time, but were offered Johnstone’s Magnetic Chalkboard paint to try (see here) and thought a magnetic chalkboard wall sounded a million times better, don’t you think? With starting school I thought it would be handy for writing practice and useful for pinning up all the artwork that comes home…*all* the artwork…

How to make a magnetic chalkboard wall for children's rooms - alphabet letters How to make a magnetic chalkboard wall for children's rooms - chalk and Design Letters cup

It’s about a 1 / 1.5 metre sized patch of wall wedged uselessly between the bed and wardrobe. It didn’t take too long to paint – we did four coats in the end which used two of the tins (they are tiny, which is something to bear in mind if you’re painting a larger area like we did). We did paint on to bare plaster with no primer which might have made a difference to how much we used.

Here’s a very glamourous ‘before / during’ shot:

How to make a magnetic chalkboard wall - work in progress

As a chalkboard the wall is *brilliant* – the paint is thick and matt and a great surface for drawing. It’s not the most magnetic paint though – the tin recommends three coats and we did four, but there are still some weaker patches where magnets don’t stick and it’s tricky to pin things up on the wall. So don’t expect fridge-levels of magnetism.

It’s a lot of fun though, for all of us.

How to make a magnetic chalkboard wall for chalks, paints and pictures

The wild world and giraffe prints are from Desenio (review coming soon) and the magnets, photos and bunting are from various places including HEMA, Tiger and our local toy shop.

We were sent two tins of the Johnstone’s magnetic paint, which cost around £15 each. You can also read my posts on making a felt ball garland…and the things Kirstie and Phil don’t tell you about children and building work


  • Sarah Rooftops

    April 27, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    Not just you. It took a year and a half for us to fill the two 20cm diameter holes in our kitchen ceiling which were left over after rewiring (and, even then, it was only because we had a plumber round who offered to do it while he was there).

  • Polly Davies

    April 28, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    I LOVE THIS!!! So want to make one in our playroom!

  • Laura

    May 7, 2017 at 12:11 am

    Oh wow I love this idea!!! It’s perfect for so many reasons as the kids can get creative but also hand up note and art work to see and display!! Great idea and when we move I’d love to create a space like this

    Laura x

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