I love chalkboards. Love them. Something about the feel of that white powdery substance on your fingers after you’ve pressed that stick onto the smooth black slate just makes me feel happy right down to my toes. And the smell. The smell of chalk in my book is right up there with the smell of fresh cut grass and peonies in the spring and toasted cinnamon crunch bagels…
But, I digress.
Andrew mentioned that the walls of our kitchen were looking a little bare. This was a very kind understatement. The walls of our apartment are dreadfully bare. They are those white confetti walls that made their debut in 1970 and are still hanging around for an encore. Anyway, he asked me if I had anything to hang up to fill the space. Naturally, I thought of chalkboards. In my ideal world, I would cover the wall with something like this:
Maybe someday. Since we’re in our very first apartment ever right now and can’t paint the walls, I decided I was going to have to go more for something like this.
I loved this picture frame idea (Thank you, Pintrest!), so I headed to TJ Maxx for some supplies. I stumbled across these little gems on the clearance rack for only $5.99.
Check out those frames! I love the distressed paint… and that they are not confetti white.
Pleased with my purchase, I headed over to Joann’s for some ribbon and chalk board paint, and I was ready to go! I started by removing the glass and outdated pictures. Then, I laid the cardboard backing on some newspaper and turned it into a beautiful substance… chalkboard.
I let the boards dry for 24 hours, and then painted again for a second layer.
To make the paint into a usable chalkboard, I took a piece of chalk and rubbed it all over the board.
Then I erased it, and…
I had a chalk board!
I put the chalkboard back in its frame, and tied some ribbon around the back.
And it was ready! Time to add new life to my kitchen…
Good bye, bare walls! It’s been… fun?
I’m curious- What is your favorite way to decorate your walls?