November 24, 2014

chalkboard wall

for months we have been talking about getting a chalkboard for the kitchen. somewhere to keep track of grocery items we need, recipes we've picked out for the week, or fun notes to leave each other.  today i came home to a beautifully finished patch of framed chalkboard paint!

this was a really quick project - b was able to quickly apply coats between errands.  all that you need is : chalkboard paint, a brush, painters tape (if you don't trust yourself to make a straight line), and if desired, a wooden frame to rest on top & frame the chalkboard/hide the edges.

in order to make sure the square would fit perfectly in the frame, b lightly traced both the inside and outside edges of the frame onto the wall using a pencil.  the tape was then run in the middle of these 2 lines, making the rectangle that will become the chalkboard.

after applying 2-3 coats of chalkboard paint and letting it dry between coats (following the directions on the tin), peel the tape off & hang your frame.  two coats of paint on our wall did the trick.  and, don't forget to condition the surface. to do this you rub the side of a piece of chalk over the entire surface and then erase it. this leaves a coat of chalk dust that will help provide better erasability.

voila, the beautiful finished product!  i love that the chalkboard adds functionality and the frame adds character.

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