Make a random chalk wall – Paternity Leave Activity #2

Circus Queen’s husband reporting here on what we did at birth plus three days:

On a whim back in the summer I picked up some black paint to make a chalk wall somewhere in our house. I am not really a DIY person, but as a designer I would love the place to be super cool, but I’m just a bit lazy. So this can of paint has been the cupboard since the heat wave.

Anyhoo, on another whim I decided that at birth plus four days Talitha and I would finally paint a wall. Her Majesty took photos, then went upstairs for a sleep.

I got Talitha kitted up, Adele reminded me to put paper down, oh yeah we’re using black paint!


It’s just black multi-surface emulsion from Homebase. The chalk goes on fine and seems to wipe down okay with a wet rag. I’m sure there is special chalk board paint, but maybe save your money??


A bit of being careful helps, so I used masking tapes for the skirting boards.


Talitha cracked on with the brush. I did all the edges, I hadn’t briefed her in advance of this, so we had one splodge around the corner of one wall, but after I explained about staying in the middle and Daddy does the edges, we started working as a team.


Talitha insisted I wore an apron.


The nice thing about painting just a small wall, as it only takes about 10 minutes. Which is a great little activity on paternity leave. But Talitha wanted to do another wall – and I had been thinking about going up and over anyway.


And now we can draw, write notes reminding us about picking up more milk, practice letters…


… or we can promote the blog.


Oh and chucked the brushes and the roller away, who has time to clean black paint off brushes on paternity leave?


  1. Becky Cook
    March 4, 2014 / 9:08 am

    I love this! I did exactly the same and bought some blackboard paint in the summer. I was going to do the inside of cupboard doors and then we could write things we needed to get/little message etc. Must actually do it! Congratulations by the way. Beautiful name! xx

    • March 8, 2014 / 8:09 pm

      That’s a really good idea! Bet you could leave little love notes too. Thank you, lovely!

  2. March 4, 2014 / 10:35 am

    looks great! I love how you did it all the way across the top too. We have a similar chalk ‘door’ opposite Wilf’s room which is great for him scribbling on..but it doesn’t really help when we are trying to teach him not to draw on the walls *sigh* x
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    • March 8, 2014 / 8:09 pm

      Thankfully Talitha’s pretty good at remembering where scribbling is allowed but I can’t imagine we’ll be that lucky twice!

    • March 8, 2014 / 8:10 pm

      I probably would have tried to clean them, had I been involved but I support his decision not to as I’m just too tired to bother at the moment!

  3. March 4, 2014 / 1:59 pm

    i bought some nice matt black paint a while ago for this reason! why buy special chalkboard paint if this does the same task! we can’t paint anything in the house, but i’m trying to think of some fun and creative uses for it.
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    • March 8, 2014 / 8:11 pm

      I think we might be going a little crazy finally having a house that we can paint. I’m sure you’ll come up with some really exciting stuff. Look forward to seeing it.

  4. March 4, 2014 / 5:24 pm

    We painted two walls outside with black paint last summer…. girls love haing giant chalkboards
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  5. March 4, 2014 / 7:46 pm

    Great use of that wall, I painted a huge chalkboard wall in F’s room which he loves to scribble on and draw pictures of monsters and bears, no doubt you’ll find some great messages on there in the future. also this is a great way to store chalk
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    • March 8, 2014 / 8:12 pm

      Makes me wonder why we didn’t get her involved in the painting when we were moving into this house. She would’ve loved it!

  6. March 4, 2014 / 9:40 pm

    Sounds like every one of our DIY projects ever – buy the materials and then discover them in the cupboard a year later! The wall looks fab, and good thinking about the masking tape – the part I always forget…..!
    Vicky recently posted..beau loves

    • March 8, 2014 / 8:12 pm

      Good to know we’re not the only ones. Have a bunch of others just waiting…

  7. March 5, 2014 / 11:25 am

    It looks fab! We have lots of blackboard paint on our walls in our kitchen – it contrasts really well with the white cupboards AND it amazing for creativity and writing important lists.

    Have you found that ordinary black paint works just fine? Is the chalk rubbing / washing off OK?

  8. March 5, 2014 / 11:26 am

    And well done! Very impressed you’re being so productive!

  9. March 5, 2014 / 11:43 am

    I love this and think it’s a great idea and encourages creativity – love it

    Laura x
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  10. March 5, 2014 / 7:41 pm

    It sounds as though Talitha and Laurence are having a brilliant time of the paternity leave. It’s lovely to see your projects on the blog.
    Purplemum recently posted..We’re buying a house, hooray

    • March 8, 2014 / 8:14 pm

      If the roles were reversed, I doubt I’d have been so productive!

  11. March 9, 2014 / 12:15 am

    Oh I love everything about this post. The fact that hubby has stepped into the blog. The photos. The story. The idea. Everything! Oh and I was a DIY Manager at Homebase for 2.5 years in the 1990s and yes there is special Chalk Board paint. Good on you for trying something different. Were you brave or you already knew it works? xxx
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  12. March 10, 2014 / 7:33 am

    I’m so jealous! I’ve been wanting to do this for ages! Just need to find the perfect wall!

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