Every parent knows just how much kids love drawing on the walls—and they probably have their own horror story of checking up on play time to find a marker mess to prove it. With a chalkboard wall, your kids can draw away without the messy cleanup. Here are two different ways to create a chalkboard wall.

Paint an accent wall with chalkboard paint.

Chalkboard paint creates a chalkboard surface on any wall or piece of furniture. Create an accent wall in your child’s bedroom or playroom by filling in any imperfections with spackle, sanding down the wall, washing with water, and allowing the wall to dry before painting. Imperfections are especially noticeable under chalkboard paint as your child starts to draw, so make sure the wall is completely smooth before painting.

Krylon Chalkboard Paint available from Amazon

Use removable chalkboard contact paper.

Chalkboard paint has one major downside—the dark color makes it difficult to paint over when your child outgrows the drawing on the wall phase. If you’re living in an apartment or don’t want to deal with difficult repainting down the road, try using a removable contact wallpaper to cover part or all of the wall instead. Contact paper can be easily cut to size and is perfect for covering half walls at child height.

Simple Shapes Chalkboard Contact Paper 9 Foot Roll available from Amazon

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