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• Read the instructions. Some paint requires multiple coat cover­ age with three hours drying time between coats, so be sure to read the manufacturer’s label. Also note that it’s important to make sure the wall is completely dry before writing or drawing on the wall. • Condition or season the painted wall with a layer of chalk dust to prevent “ghosting”, that faint outline that remains when you erase your previous work. Use the broad side of a large piece of white chalk, making sure it is NOT dustless chalk, and cover the entire surface. Once covered, use a chalkboard eraser to erase the wall and you’re good to go! If These Walls Could Talk Once your wall is painted, there are endless things you can do to have it speak your language. Get your writing tool box started by stocking it with Crayola chalk, an eraser, a chalk pencil (found in craft stores) for initial outlining and fine detail, and Qtips for small erasing jobs. A brown paper bag is also handy for sharpening chalk to a sharp point. For those who are purists, a little lesson on freehand faux calligraphy is a plus. One we like on YouTube is called “How to Faux Calligraphy + DIY Chalkboard Design Tips” by Carter Sams. Other sites, including “Draw & Write Beautifully on Your Chalkboard Wall” on Superholly on YouTube, will get those ideas flowing. Copy Cat Freehand drawing isn’t for everyone and, luckily, there are a num­ ber of different ways to get professional looking images onto your board with little to no artistic talents. With a projector or the Android Moto Z Force cellphone with a Moto Mod snap­on projec­ tor attachment and a little bit of technical assistance from Photoshop or other free online photo editors such as Picmonkey, you can create a masterpiece similar to the steps outlined in the “Superholly” video.