Asked on Aug 26, 2015

Chalkboard paint? Yes or no?

by CK
I'm thinking of doing part of a wall in chalkboard paint to use as my shopping list area. Here's the thing: I remember the old days when the blackboards (and sometimes green boards) were in all the school rooms. The chalk that was used to write on them made a HUGE mess! Occasionally the teachers got some "dustless" chalk but if they didn't, it created chalk mess everywhere. Is there a solution to the chalk dust? Is there new 'dust free" chalk on the market? I see all these great chalkboard walls and all I can think is "How do they contain the dust?" ;-) Ideas? (This is what I remember....cursive writing on a blackboard. Boy that dates me!)
Old school room chalkboard. Check out the written math problems! :-D
  16 answers
  • Shari Shari on Aug 26, 2015
    Chalk pens are the solution to chalk dust. They are sort of like a paint pen or dry erase board marker but use liquid chalk instead. They come in colors or white and can be found at most craft stores, Amazon etc.
  • Z Z on Aug 26, 2015
    @CK I had my hubby paint the flat area of the panels of our pantry door with chalkboard paint almost thirteen years ago. The lower panels were for future grandchildren, which we have now, and the top was for notes and grocery list. I've never had the dust problem teachers do, but then I don't use it near as much. I doubt you will either. Every now and then I use a damp cloth to wipe it down, letting it dry before I use it again. Below is an old picture where you can see part of our sunroom and kitchen with the pantry door in the middle. I'm slowly changing to more modern furniture.
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    • Z Z on Aug 27, 2015
      @CK actually it's not a bad idea to use it to remind other family members of their "assignments" too. :^D I know my family, including myself, need reminders now and then. Since you are very concerned about the mess, why not go with white board paint?
  • Maqaz Maqaz on Aug 27, 2015
    Yes it's a great idea.
  • Stephanie Fudge Stephanie Fudge on Aug 27, 2015
    Con-Tact makes a black chalkboard shelf liner you could put on your wall. That way if it creates more dust than you want, your not having to paint over it, you just peel it off. Just a thought.
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    • Shari Shari on Aug 27, 2015
      @CK I forgot to mention, I'm somewhat of a *neat freak* and I hate seeing that chalk haze or residue left on chalk board walls when the chalk has been erased. It looks messy to me and it would drive me nuts looking at it day in and day out in my home. I don't have that problem with the chalkboard sheets. Chalk and chalk pen writing wipes off clean (although there can be some faint "ghost" lettering left behind). Just something to think about if you have any neat freak tendencies in your personality too... ;) @
  • Jacqueline Jacqueline on Aug 27, 2015
    I painted the doors on my refrigerator with chalkboard paint. I bought both chalk and chalk pens, the chalk is inevitably dusty, however the chalk pens do NOT wipe off easily on porous surfaces. It does say on the pen non-porous surfaces only.. I thought my fridge was non-porous...I had to paint over it with more chalkboard paint. So keep that in mind... I would say if you want a more permanent chalk art on your wall the pen is perfect, but if you plan on erasing and changing use chalk and deal with the dust. :/ good luck!
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    • Jacqueline Jacqueline on Aug 27, 2015
      Oh that's probably a better idea if you plan on using it regularly, we also did that in my daughter's room and that works great. Magic erasers work amazingly to remove dry erase markers btw!
  • Becky Schaar Becky Schaar on Aug 27, 2015
    Great idea...I'm wondering if there is a "dry erase board that has the look of chalk board? But easily wipes off. I couldn't actually find that but I did come across these:
  • on Aug 27, 2015
    Hello Connie, When it comes to chalk dust, I think the type of chalkboard paint you pick makes a difference too. Check out the chalkboard countertop created by this HomeTalk user: She used eco-friendly chalk paint, which I believe cut down on the amount of chalk dust that would flake off the surface.
  • Ren Ren on Aug 27, 2015
    I often use a sponge to clean off my chalkboard. The erasers just make a mess and when you clean them it's worst.
  • Gwen Gwen on Aug 28, 2015
    I ordered from Amazon the BEST Stardom Crafts chalk less chalk markers. The marker tips can turn over to give a broader or slimmer line. Today for Amazon Prime Members the markers are 18 markers for $24.95/free shipping. They removed with a damp rag. If a bit remained I went over again with a bit more water on damp rag. No marker left behind. I did season my board ( rob the board with regular white or yellow chalk lying on its side). I bought another brand and it never erased!!! I also bought a can of Rustoleum Black Chalkboard paint. Better than any other brand so I can roll and refresh my board. The Mr Clean white cleaners dampened also work to remove some stubborn color but rub lightly. Since the markers are chalk I did not have to re-season.
  • Carolyn Carolyn on Aug 30, 2015
    I used rustoleum chalkboard paint and don't have all that chalk dust; but occasionally wipe off with wet paper towel
  • Mogie Mogie on Nov 04, 2022

    A dry erase board would solve the problem.

  • Janice Janice on Aug 10, 2023

    Sounds like a dry erase board would be the best solution to your chalk issue. Nearly everything is messy, so everything has to be cleaned at some point.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Aug 10, 2023

    Erasable dry chalk board would be a good solution.

  • Chalk is going to make dust. It's just a matter of cleaning it often.