When it comes to design, I try to steer away from the crowd in at least one way or another as much as possible. But there are just some trends out there that it’s impossible to turn down. My guilty pleasure this week. Chalkboard paint. Yep, I’ve given in. I am the majority. When I spied this oh-so-adorbale idea over at Martha’s website, I knew I had to have it.
And just as luck would have it, we had the perfect spot in our kitchen for it. Meant to be? I’d say so.
This area had been serving as a kind of “I don’t know where to put this, lets hang it here or put it on this shelf, or magnet it here.” Not really my style. PLUS. We have a whole knew entryway in the works to sort out this problem. Yea, the whole hanging our coats 30 feet from the door wasn’t working out so well. More on that later. Point of all this babble? This spot needed a new purpose! Check out the new space 🙂
This turned out to be one of the easiest and most enjoyable projects I’ve tackled lately. I started out by just simply painting the entire wall with basic black chalkboard paint. Then I penciled in how large I wanted the calendar to be. I had to size it down quite a bit from martha’s original. Not much point to a calendar if you can’t reach the top without a step ladder. Next I taped off the area for the calendar and the day squares. (I would definitely recommend using Frog Tape instead of the basic blue painters tape for a project like this. It’s designed to give you the sharpest lines possible.)
Next up, paint in the squares. Now, for this process you can either just add a little flat white paint to the chalkboard paint to get a variety of grays. Or if you’re looking for totally different colors there’s a simple recipe here that explains how to do that.
The only thing left to do. Skim the entire wall with the side of a piece of chalk and then wipe down with a barely damp cloth. Presto!
Not sure what we’ll use the rest of the wall for. Possibly a To-Do list, note center, and if we’re still around these parts, I’m sure Zoey will love going to town on it.
Like I said, extremely easy project. And the whole thing came in at about $16. Around $10 for a quart of chalkboard paint, $5 for frog tape, and we already had some leftover white paint, brushes, and rollers. Definitely something I’d do over and over again.