Once it was all taped off I gave it 3 light coats of the chalkboard paint. Let each layer of paint dry before applying the next coat.
Next step is to season your chalkboard. Using a regular piece of white chalk begin by rubbing the entire chalkboard area in one direction, then cover it again with chalk going the opposite direction. I would do this a few times.
I really love chalk markers which is what I used for this sign, for me they are neater to write with and I love how it looks.
And here is the after picture! Much better right?!