I know, I know. The whole chalkboard thing has sooo been done.
But I still like it.
And it’s January, which means I’m itching to freshen things up around here.
So I decided to paint a small wall in my kitchen with chalkboard paint (not to be confused with Annie Sloane chalk paint; see yesterday’s post here.)
I’ve been admiring the chalkboard walls other bloggers have done (click below the photos to see their original posts):
It’s such a fun and creative element — that really appealed to me. Plus a bit of black helps any room, it’s inexpensive to do — and when I get tired of it, I can just paint right over it.
Decision made, about a week ago I pulled out a drop cloth, paint tray, small roller, trim brush and tape, and dove in. Within an hour I had two coats on and was watching the paint dry.
Then, following the tips from the other bloggers, I waited three days, rubbed chalk all over the whole thing (priming),
then used an eraser to wipe in all in. (Remember the spine-tingling irritation of fingernails on a chalkboard? Yeah, I discovered that totally applies here.)
At that point the whole thing looked very chalky and not terribly attractive. But on the paint can, it recommends you then wait a week before washing the whole thing down and re-priming it with chalk. (So not for impatient people like me.) I waited a few more days until I couldn’t take it anymore. By then, I figured it had to be cured enough, and wiped it down with a damp cloth.
It was better. Better still once I added some fun stuff, like this:
And this (which I made from an old frame, burlap scrapbook paper, and a piece of pretty garland-ribbon from a beautifully-wrapped gift I was given):
And to hold the chalk and eraser, this tin container from my basement:
Put it all together, and it looks like this:
My family was skeptical about this project, but I think they’re liking it now. I came downstairs this morning to find this:
So I think it’s growing on them.