Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Kitchen Chalkboard Wall

We recently completed a chalkboard wall in our kitchen.  This was one of the most satisfying projects we have done lately.  It was quick, easy and inexpensive and more importantly it looks great.  We needed something to fill the large walkway space behind our kitchen island.  I had thought about a plate rack or a large art piece but after a little internet searching I knew I wanted something less pricey right now.  I can't remember how it happened but I was suddenly like what about a chalkboard wall?  And even more surprisingly my husband was like great idea.  So unlike my usual ponder-over-it-for-a-few-weeks-self I went out the next day and bought all the supplies.


I was able to get everything I needed at Lowe's.  A quart of chalk paint ($12), molding (4 - 8 foot pieces for $5 each), 4 corner rosette pieces ($3 each), stain ($5), plastic gloves (10 pairs for $2), and a tube of liquid nails ($2).


I was torn on whether to stain or paint the molding and in the end I went for the stain because I wanted the frame to have the feeling of an antique piece.  I also plan to paint all the other molding in the kitchen white so  having the molding on the chalkboard stained dark will make for more interest and contrast in the finished kitchen.  Plus I figured if I didn't like the stain I could always paint over it in the future.


I also decided on the rosettes at the corners because I ended up choosing molding that is exactly the same as the door and window molding already in our house.  The rosettes make the frame seem different from the rest of the molding and more special.


Here is a before picture of the blank wall with blue painter's tape already up.  I used the tape not only as a guide for my paint but to also let me visualize the size of the board before I started painting.




One thing I should mention is that our wall has an outlet about 8 inches from the baseboard. I made sure to have the paint cover this and not the molding as I didn't want to have some kind of wonky cut or break in the frame.


Our wall is not perfectly smooth like a traditional chalkboard surface so I gave it a quick sanding with sandpaper I had on hand.  Then at the last minute I decided to use some primer in an attempt to fill in some of the deeper nooks and crannies and also to make the surface more durable.  I was lucky that the former homeowners had left us a stash of paint, stain, and primer in the basement so I didn't have to make another trip to the store.


Here's the wall with the primer up...




I had to stick that piece of molding against the wall because the camera would not focus of the big white and beige wall without something there.


In between the coats of primer and paint I stained the molding out in the garage.  If you have not done this before it is super simple, but I highly recommend wearing plastic or vinyl gloves otherwise your hands and fingernails will be dirty looking for a week.


I was a little worried after the first coat of chalkboard paint because it didn't seem to be covering very well and you could see all my roller strokes, but after the second coat it was looking great.  I did do a third coat just because I had everything out and I just wanted to make sure it would last for a while.  I do fully expect that in a few months of wear I will need to do a coat to freshen up which is fine because I have almost half a quart left.




I let the paint cure for 24 hours and then before we could even hang the molding the kids were drawing away.  The chalkboard paint works great and I have even washed it off with a damp paper towel a few times without any paint coming off.


We attached the molding to the wall with finish nails and put liquid nail on also.  Using the rosettes meant that we also didn't have to miter the corners so the moldings went up really quickly.  All in I think it took less than 3 hours (not counting the dry time) to get this done and so far the reaction from friends has been very complimentary.


This is a picture of the chalkboard from behind the kitchen island.  I can't wait to paint those beige walls.  Imagine the walls are a nice light aqua blue color or maybe a happy kitchen yellow.




Here's a shot of it from the side...



For those neurotic friends I will tell you that there is a little bit of chalk dust that does accumulate on the bottom ledge of the frame and on the floor.  For the most part the kids socks clean up the mess and otherwise a quick sweep with a damp paper towel takes care of the rest.


I found the quote on the internet this morning.  I prefer the kids artwork to quotes most times but I did like this one.


~ Gold Shoe Girl ~

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5 comments:

  1. Happy kids. Chalkboard Wall looks great.
    - Joy

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  2. Thanks. The kids are really enjoying this more than I thought they would. They have used it everyday since we put it up.

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  3. I had something like that in our old house. It was great I loved it, maybe I'll have to do it again, thanks for the inspiration!

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  4. Love this idea and your framing and the stain you used!! Your newest follower!

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  5. That turned out really well! I really like the stained molding with the rosettes, it makes it look quite classy, which is something you don't usually expect with a chalkboard wall.

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