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I’m back to share with you a little taste of chalkboard paint.  Not literally.  That would be disgusting.  You heard about my decision to welcome a chalkboard something into our house here.  Well, after a little once-overing, I discovered we don’t really have a lot of wall space, thanks to our open floor plan and numerous windows.  Finding a spot for our newest addition (the chalkboard, not a baby) was harder than I thought.  So instead of searching for a focal point, I started looking for practical locations.  A chalkboard in the kitchen would be useful for grocery lists, daily doings, inspirational quotes, recipes and plain ol’ fun for the kiddos.  So, the kitchen it was!  But where?  A wall or a door?  Why not BOTH?

We have a nice sliver of wall to the right of our fridge that I thought would fit the bill for chalkboard paint.  Plus, in black, it could give the kitchen a little architectural element.  Our pantry door was a qualified candidate also.  I’ve always had dreams of finding an amazing old door with a glass panel for our pantry but alas that has not panned out.  So, I’ll make do with what I have.  Both the narrow wall and the pantry door accepted their nominations, so off to Home Depot where I picked up a can of chalkboard paint for $12.

I bought the can that already came in a black finish but, in case you’re wondering, there was a tintable version available also.  Then I set to work prepping the wall and door.  The wall was fairly easy.  I just wiped it down with a damp cloth, let it dry and taped it off.  And, yes, I did use the refrigerator as a ladder.  Not the safest idea but it’s all good.

The door prep was a little more involved.  I taped off the door knob and the face of the door.  I decided to paint the front side only.  In the whole 2 years we’ve lived in this house, I can’t remember looking at the back side of the pantry door once.  (Okay, maybe once…while playing hide-and-seek.)  I figured not painting the back would save me time (and money because I came close to running out of chalkboard paint as it was).  And when you’re a mom, time is precious. 

So, the wall was set to go.  But our slick, hollow builder pantry door needed primed first.  I used an oil-based primer leftover from our kitchen cabinet painting project

After a hefty coat of primer dried on the door, it was go time.  I broke out the chalkboard paint and rolled it onto the wall and door.  (I used a 2″ angled brush to paint the paneling inlays on the door.)  Now, this wasn’t my first time painting so I know that wet paint looks different from its dried state.  However, I was scared.  Chalkboard paint has a purple-ish, indigo hue to it when wet.  And it looked waaaaay different than what I thought chalkboard paint should look like wet.  But I swallowed my fear and went with it.  Glad I did.  Check out the final (dried) results after 2 coats of chalkboard paint…

I have horrible handwriting and even worse artistic skills, so until Handy Hubby contributes (he’s the gifted one) to the chalkboard wall I’ll be using it for inspirational quotes.

With this being next to the fridge, it should be easy to jot down grocery list items as they come along.

The pantry door is my fave even though it’s not the dreamy one I had envisioned.  The black really ties into the dining furniture and console.  I may even come up with some organized way to write out pantry items that need used up before we buy more (i.e. pasta, canned veggies, brownie mixes…brownie mixes?!  Who am I kidding?  I don’t need any help using those up.)

It adds some drama (not that we need anymore drama in the kitchen – Everett is good at that!) to an otherwise bland open space and kind of grounds the dining area. 

Both the wall and door together in one shot…

Yes, the kiddos love it too…

Layne has been practicing his writing.  Specifically, he’s been practicing “To Layne, Kisses.”  Wonder if he’s been getting notes from little girls at school?

Everett, on the other hand, is quite the Master Grass Blade Artist.  Note all the little lines on the bottom of the door.

Am I worried about chalk dust?  Nope.  Contrary to popular belief, I’m not so much of a clean freak as a neat freak.  Of course, chalk dust is going to appear.  I plan on wiping it up with a damp cloth every couple of days or so.  Someday I’m probably going to wish someone little was at my house to make a chalk dust mess…I hope I can remember that.  I do have one rule though:  only white chalk!  I read a bunch about colored chalk being more difficult to wipe off and clean up, so as far as my boys know, colored chalk only works on the sidewalk.  (I know, I’m evil.)

So, there it is.  Nothing fancy-shmancy.  Just a $12 can of chalkboard paint and a box of chalk.

17 Comments

I love it! It looks fantastic on the door…really ties the door together. Such a great idea.

I’ve been thinking of getting some of this for a space in our daughter’s room….but I may have to think about an area in the kitchen too. It would be great for when guests come as well to display the upcoming menu. :o)

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11.March.2010

Tiffany – Displaying menus is a wonderful idea!

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11.March.2010

Love your blog! Do you have a “house tour” anywhere? I’d love to see more of your home; it looks great!

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11.March.2010

Hello!! I have been following your blog and simply looooove it!! I have Kevin looking at it too. I have always wanted to do a chalkboard wall in our house but just not gutsy enough to try it!! I think you have inspired me!! With your help I have also convinced Kev to let me paint our oak barstools (the ones at the snack bar) black, so they will match our kitchen chairs. One more thing—Kev has finished our basement last year and we made a big family photo wall with all black frames. I keep forgetting to send you a pic!! We miss you guys tons!! Keep the ideas coming. I love all of them.

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11.March.2010

Karen – Sadly, I do not have a house tour page…yet! I’m workin’ on it so keep checking in…

Tricia – Oh, we miss you guys too! If we still lived in Peoria I would take a bunch of pictures of your house…you have great taste! Tell Kevin we said HELLO.

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13.April.2010

Hi, I love this project! It looks great! I really love your wall color, can you tell me the name? Thanks

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replied on April 13th, 2010

Samantha – Our wall color is Valspar (Lowe’s) Bonsai in an eggshell finish. Except for a few walls, this is the main color throughout our home and we absolutely LOVE it! It’s a nice gray with a tint of green to it at times. Hope that info helps!

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04.November.2010

I just came across your blog post in my search to decide if I should paint my 6 panel door that exits to the garage in chalk board paint. I am glad to see someone else has tried it. It is a door we enter and exit through all the time and needs to be painted. So, my question for you….how is it working out? Would I regret the chalk dust? Love your blog!

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replied on November 4th, 2010

Jennifer – Our chalkboard pantry door is great! We use the door itself at least 6 times {usually many, many more times} daily for grabbing food for meals and snacks. It has held up well…no scratches or paint chipping. {Just be sure to use primer first!} I will say that words/drawings placed lower on the door get smudged easily because of the kids and their wandering hands. So, we {adults} just write up higher and let the kids take care of the bottom half of the door. Everybody’s happy. I do not have a chalk free-for-all. Instead, we have a special chalk drawer and only at certain times do we bring out the chalk. This keeps dust to a minimum and, to be completely honest, I don’t notice any extra dust than normal. {And I notice just about everything!} It helps to wipe down the door with a damp rag to erase versus using a standard chalk eraser. I think the door to your garage would be ideal for some chalkboard paint! You could write reminders for a last minute quick-checklist and messages to those who enter/exit. Let me know how it goes!

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27.January.2011

I just had to share my chalk board message board with you….you inspired it in a way. I started thinking outside the box about creating a message area. With the way my house is designed it was hard to find a good wall space. I may still paint our mudroom door with chalk board paint though! Anyway, a friend gave me a beautiful dresser with antique mirror. I decided to separate the 2 pieces. The mirror is now a beautiful message center in my kitchen! I love it! A great way to repurpose a beautiful old mirror!
Here is the link to my blog post!
http://lifeoftherikkers.blogspot.com/2011/01/decor-rehab.html

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replied on January 27th, 2011

Jennifer – That message board is amazing! And the dresser is to die for! Great job making it useful and pretty.

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Hi Dana! I just took the chalkboard paint plunge in my kitchen this past weekend! Thanks again for the inspiration. Here’s the link if you’d like to take a peek:
http://fisilis.wordpress.com/2011/03/17/how-to-paint-a-chalkboard-wall/
xo
Mindy

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replied on March 17th, 2011

Mindy – Can’t wait to see it all dolled up! I was scared after my first swipe of chalkboard paint…scary, shiny purple-black! It was soooo worth it though.

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