Wednesday, April 25th, 2012
Dreams to Reality: Chalkboard Style
I’ve wanted to put a chalkboard in the kitchen for awhile now. I actually had a chalkboard that I used while growing up, that was the exact size as the one I now have in the kitchen. I used it all the time as a kid, and my Dad always said, “that chalkboard was worth every penny”. So, I was kind of shocked when I went to grab it for a makeover and found out that my Dad got rid of it. Oh well, plan B. I hit up Michael’s craft store over the weekend and found some chalkboard vinyl that I was just going to stick to the wall. But when I ventured to Hobby Lobby a few hours later, I saw that they had some chalkboards in various sizes, and one of them was the exact same size that I wanted and was in a frame and all. Plus, it was only $12.99.
Here’s a shocker though, I left without it.
Saturday night and Sunday night I started having dreams about the chalkboard at Hobby Lobby, seriously. So, after work on Monday, I drove the hour to Hobby Lobby armed with a 40% off coupon and I snagged that puppy (chalkboard) right up! $7 bucks later, I put that thing in my hatchback and drove the long hour home, happy as can be. :)
P.S. Follow me on Instagram for sneak peaks on my projects, like this one. Just look at this big hint I left on there on Monday night. :)
I brought the chalkboard into the house, and right away Travis chimed in. “Why do we need a chalkboard?” What was my answer? “Why do you need a bigger turbo for your car?”. ha! He didn’t say another word.
I decided that I wanted to paint the natural wood color, to a crisp white. So, I lined the chalkboard with painters tape and prepared to paint the trim. (Do you see those picture frames on the floor to the left of the chalkboard? I got those at Hobby Lobby for only $7 a piece.)
Here is how it was looking after the first coat of paint (I put two coats of paint on it, and then touched up some spots.)
Once the chalkboard was dry, I hung it on the wall beside the refrigerator. So, before I show pictures of it, you’re going to have to imagine a different wall color on the walls, just like you did for my mud room sign art.
Oh, and I didn’t even notice this when I bought it, but the chalkboard has a space all around the trim to hold the chalk, score! (I bought a big pack of colored dustless chalk at Hobby Lobby for only 99 cents.)
(Please ignore the frame gallery. The mounting tape I used didn’t hold and most of the pictures came off of the wall. That’s why it’s looking so uneven.)
I’m planning on making some bunting to hang across the top of the chalkboard. I have the jute and scrap paper all ready to go, I just need to find the time. :) I’d also like to make a no-slip dish towel for the oven handle, since the blue one from my grandmother doesn’t match our orange theme we have going on in there.
P.S. I added a contact form to the contact page, so you can easily just shoot me an email. :) I’d love to hear from you guys.