Almost a year after I first made my chalkboard feature wall, I finally got around to redecorating it! Unfortunately it wasn’t quite as easy to clean beforehand as I had vainly hoped…
Google ‘clean chalkboard’ and the results generally include wiping it with vinegar and warm water. I tried that, but the results were less than stellar. You could still see the shadow of everything I had drawn, no matter how much I scrubbed.
I decided to improvise with my favourite useful ingredient, olive oil. I gently wiped all over the board with a small amount of olive oil, and it came up beautifully, just like new.
However, I soon found out that there had to be a final step – cleaning off the olive oil. Otherwise, as I learned, your chalk designs will slowly disappear! I used some Spray & Wipe to clean off the olive oil, which was perfect. The board kept its glossy black shine and the chalk no longer disappeared! Windex also works really well, but I ran out halfway through.
I experimented with skipping the first and second steps, but I had the best results when I used all three. It’s a pain, but worth it in the end. :)
After I figured all of that out, I got to the fun part of creating a new design. Drawing with chalk is surprisingly fun, not least because you can fix any mistakes so easily! This time I went for a theme of ‘celebratory with a touch of Harry Potter’. What do you think?