After I had a good idea of where I’d place each item, I taped off about a three inch section the entire way around the wall. Then, using Rust-Oleum magnetic primer and Valspar tinted chalkboard paint, I painted the area inside the tape.
After allowing the paint to cure for several days, I removed the tape to reveal a chalkboard base for my organizational wall. Before writing on the wall with chalk, I seasoned the surface by rubbing a piece of chalk vertically, and then horizontally over the entire surface. Next, I wiped the chalk off with a damp cloth. If you’re working with chalkboard paint, make sure not to skip this step! If you do, there will be a shadow of the first thing you ever wrote on your chalk surface for all time.
I carefully measured and hung all of my organizational items (calendar, clipboards, mail baskets), and that was it!!
I found a printable meal planning and grocery list document online that I clipped to one clipboard, and I use the other clipboard for the recipes I’m planning to make during the week. Standing magazine/file baskets, attached to the wall sideways, hold important mail, bills and magazines.
I left the area beneath the mail sorting station blank so my son would have an area for chalk art and his ABC magnets. I only used the Rust-Oleum magnetic primer on this lower section of the wall. After reading many reviews online, I was hesitant to start rolling this sticky, black paint onto my wall. But a careful application of five to seven coats of this primer and I was able to get a plastic bin weighing almost two pounds to stick right to the wall!! I did, however, use half of the $20 quart of primer to achieve this!
The calendar at the top of my home command center is made using a 16×20 photo frame. I printed out two blank calendars from the Jenna Burger Design blog, cut them to size and fitted them into my frame. I used washi tape to make festive frames around the paper calendars, and dry erase markers applied right to the surface of the glass frame to fill out important dates.
Finally, until I get some artwork or a clock to hang at the top of my wall, I’m having fun with the chalkboard! I think even Santa would love a home command center like this to keep himself organized during this most busy season!