DIY: Our Chalkboard Wall

Sorry for our unplanned absence last week – L came down with a double ear infection (BOO!) early in the week, so we were largely in caregiver mode. Then, on Friday, Jord’s brother got married (YAY!), and the preparations for the wedding (and the houseguests we hosted) kept us rather busy the rest of the week and weekend! But, we’re back with a few exciting things to share with you! First up: our DIY chalkboard wall in the kitchen!

I purchased a quart of Rustoleum’s Chalkboard Paint in Black from a local hardware store, and after I wiped down the wall in our kitchen, I got to work painting. The best part: all of the painting took ONE afternoon to complete!

Chalkboard-In-Progress

The coverage was actually pretty stellar throughout, but I did end up using the entire quart on the wall to ensure durability and achieve the dark hue that I wanted.

Here’s a look at the wall, fully painted:

Chalkboard-Wall-Painted

After I let the wall dry for a week, I “conditioned” the wall by rubbing the entire surface with a piece of white chalk (I was a bit generous with the time frame, mostly because my teaching job kept me rather busy – I think the can suggested three days). Here’s a look at the wall after the conditioning:

Chalkboard-Wall-Conditioned

Uffda, this process was DUSTY. I swept AND vacuumed AND mopped, and I was still finding chalk dust a few days later. But, I’ve since learned to embrace the dust as a necessary by-product of the fun that is the chalkboard wall.

And speaking of fun, look at this adorable collection of drawings that our niece (and other family members, who were in town for the wedding) left on our wall this weekend:

Chalkboard-Doodles

What fun! L has yet to discover the chalkboard wall (we keep the chalk up so that he doesn’t try to eat it, HA!), but I’m sure that it will be a big hit once he’s a little older and doesn’t learn about his surroundings by putting everything in his mouth!

In short, Jord and I love the chalkboard wall already, we’re sure that L will love it when he’s a bit older.

In the meantime, we can’t wait to add some some flair and function to it. Here’s what’s on our list of to-do’s:

– paint a chalkboard wall in the eat-in area of the kitchen

– spray paint (Mint? Coral? White?) and hang empty frames on chalkboard wall (write notes, quotes inside)

– add upside down drawer pulls to hold chalk (like this: http://pinterest.com/pin/272749321155436867/)

– draw a family calendar on the chalkboard wall (like this: http://pinterest.com/pin/272749321155518354/)

What have you been working on in your home?

 

About Sara

Sara works in higher education, but she's most proud of her role as a Mama to two precocious boys, Lionel Conner, age 4, and Quincy August, age 2. In honor of turning 30 in 2016, she pierced her nose to "keep her young." She loves watching guilty-pleasure television, writing about motherhood, decorating her first home, sipping red wine with her husband Jordan, and chasing after her sons.

One Response to DIY: Our Chalkboard Wall

  1. valery September 17, 2013 at 11:40 AM #

    looks great! I would’ve never thought about the dust beforehand, but glad it isn’t driving you nuts!