I'm still plugging away at our master bathroom but sometimes when I find a stopping point I throw in a few projects from here and there around the house.
Last week I decided to orchestrate the painting of a chalkboard wall. I love kitchen chalkboard walls! And if I can't have a whole wall devoted to chalkboard I at least incorporate a chalkboard of some sort.... come to think of it I've had some form of chalkboard in every kitchen we have lived in since we've been married, and so far that has been 4 different kitchens.
I did a big no-no and forgot to take the token "before" shot. Actually I thought I already had one, but to my dismay I never took a photo of the wall as is. Just picture a greige wall with a white chair rail and a doorway in the center.
Another tip if you make your own chalkboard or chalkboard wall... Never skip the "seasoning" step at the end where you are instructed to cover the whole area with chalk and then rub it around. if you don't whatever you write on your chalkboard will be REALLY hard to get off.
Originally I had planned to only paint the top half of the wall, but after I painted, the chair rail just really bugged me ALOT! I liken it to putting a really thick belt on a short-waisted person, it just made the room feel squished and short.
I pulled all of the chair rail off only to reveal about three layers of wallpaper underneath. I soaked and scraped off the wallpaper. The wall I was painting on isn't even drywall! It's paneling that has been spackled in the grooves to make it smooth. I didn't know that before I peeled the wallpaper off. It wasn't a big deal, I just touched up any spackle that was damaged or missing and then continued my chalkboard paint.
I really like the contrast the black chalkboard wall gives to the space, it makes the bright colors of my framed seed catalogs and our ceramic pig, Henry really POP.
I have to say, I'm so proud of my new chalkboard wall. For being such a quick project it sure has a dramatic result.
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