Convert Your Chalkboard Into a Whiteboard Wall

turn your chalkboard into a whiteboard

Tired of your old chalkboard? Looking to improve your space? Why not update your old dusty chalkboard to a sleek and modern whiteboard surface.

Many of us have nostalgic memories of chalkboards from our school and childhood days and it seems there is still a huge fondness for these traditional products today. Chalkboards are being used by numerous cafes, bars and restaurants daily across the world to display menus and special offers. 

A chalkboard can bring a rustic feel to any space but let’s face it, they can also get dusty and dirty quite easily. This doesn’t fit in with the sleek, well-kept environments found in modern offices and schools.

To avoid the mess that comes with traditional chalkboards and in order to reduce unnecessary wastage, you can simply upcycle your old chalkboard into a new up to date surface. 

Additionally, you don’t need to limit yourself to just a whiteboard – you can transform your outdated board into a multifunctioning paint or wallpaper workspace. We offer a combination of dual and triple function whiteboard, projector and magnetic products.

Let’s look at the steps involved in applying both our wallpaper or paint products.

Smart Magnetic Whiteboard Wallpaper used for a business meeting

How to Convert a Chalkboard into a Whiteboard?

You have two options; you can paint over it with whiteboard paint, or you can use one of our wallpaper products. We’ll cover both options below.

Using Whiteboard Paint to Convert your Chalkboard

All of our paint products can be installed by a professional or DIY in a few simple steps.


Firstly, check and fill any cracks or holes with decorator’s filler. Then prime the chalkboard using 2-3 coats of primer or until the black colour is completely hidden. 

Please note: ordinary emulsion/latex paint is not suitable as a primer. 


Lightly sand between primer coats with sandpaper (drying times per coat takes 2-4 hours)


Apply Smart Whiteboard Paint (our award-winning whiteboard paint) as per instructions.

woman writing on a Smarter Surfaces Smart Whiteboard Paint wall

Using Whiteboard Wallcovering to Convert your Chalkboard

Prepare Your Surface

To ensure the best possible results for your new wallpaper, check and fill any holes or cracks with a decorator’s filler. Once this has been completed then sand your board. Use a primer, such as Smart White Primer, on any absorbent surfaces.


Measure the dimensions of your chalkboard. If it has a border or a protection edge, add 2cm on all sides to your measurements.


To cut the right size of whiteboard wallcovering, use a scissors, and do it on the floor (or a table if you have one large enough).

Cut a piece of whiteboard wallcovering to your measurements (including the 2cm).


Apply heavy duty adhesive to the chalkboard (follow manufacturer’s instructions).

You do not need to apply the adhesive onto the wallpaper.


Attach the wallcovering to the chalkboard. Use a wallcovering spatula to push the material into the edge trim. Using a sharp knife or blade cut off any excess material.

a group of people using Smart Whiteboard Wallpaper

Which Solution is Right for You?

Your choice of wallpaper or paint will most likely depend on timelines as well as budget and product preference.

Our whiteboard wallpaper, Smart Whiteboard Wallpaper, is ready to use as a whiteboard surface as soon as the adhesive dries – which is usually within 24 hours. Our dry erase paint products, Smart Whiteboard Paint White or Clear, are touch dry within 5 hours but are not ready for use as a whiteboard surface for 5 days. (During this time, this specialist coating is “curing”.)

Have you any questions regarding our products? Call us on the relevant number below:

AU: +610280743962 US:  (+1) 800 932 1609   UK: 0203 5145395

IE: 01 4126200            CA: 1800 948 9438