9/26/13

Kitchen Chalkboard Wall

The chalkboard wall is D.O.N.E! 


This project basically came about almost 2 years ago when we lived at our last house.  I knew I wanted to paint a big chalkboard wall in the kitchen, and we had a large wall for it, however, we knew we'd either be selling or keeping it as a rental (We ended up keeping it as a rental and the best family has made it their home!), so I didn't want to take the plunge by covering a full wall in the stuff because that may not be everyone's cup of tea.
So I made a big framed chalkboard out of an old mirror that did the job beautifully.
So when we moved into our new house 6 months ago, I was obsessed with the huge kitchen, but bummed that although it's very spacious, there wasn't any good wall space for my beloved chalkboard to hang (it now lives in our laundry room).  A few weeks ago, the obvious came to town. And slapped me in the face.
I had never really noticed that we have the PERFECT wall for some chalkboard paint magic. Right on the side of the cabinets where our wall oven lives.

Our kitchen is still a work in progress (we've got some big plans for it!), but you get the idea.



That fridge is mocking me. That's what I miss the most about the old house... Our fridge we built-in.
This one will eventually get the same treatment one day.
Yeah, and pay no attention to my shoes or Waylon's new dog bed box over there. We have a cabinet that suddenly decided it wasn't going to stay shut. :/  Like I said, big plans.

I love how the chalkboard wall is almost hidden. It doesn't hit you in the face when you first look into the room.

So to do this, I grabbed some Valspar chalkboard paint. You can get chalkboard paint in any color, but I went with the o.g. ... black.
First I cleaned the cabinet wall really well and then sanded it. Then, I painted on the chalkboard paint using an angled brush for the areas around the trim, and a foam roller to fill in. It took three coats.
The worst part of the entire process was the wait. It says on the can to wait 3 full days to let the paint cure before chalking it.
I'm the most impatient person ever so this was difficult.

To prep chalkboard paint, you basically rub the chalk (sideways) all over the board lightly like so...


...then erase it to make it all even and pretty.


And here she is! I decided to do it top to bottom. I'm going to add a fun chevron print to the top and because it goes all the way to the bottom, it'll be fun for future kiddos to play with.

I think it's really pretty looking in from the dining room.



As for the lettering, I basically took all the inspiration from this little tutorial I pinned months back and added a little frame of wheat.


So what do you guys think? I love little fun surprises in houses like this. Definitely made our kitchen feel more like home!


44 comments:

  1. That looks beautiful! I can't wait to buy my own house to do something like this.

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  2. how cute! it looks great in your kitchen!
    XO,KT
    Sequins,Mint&Makeup

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  3. Adorable. My favorite part of this blog post was when you said "future kiddos". Can't wait! <3

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  4. Omg ! I love it!
    Such a great idea.
    <3

    http://downtownhautefashion.blogspot.com

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  5. Inspired is an understatement. I actually painted the wall above our master bedroom with chalkboard paint and would change up the quote. I never thought of covering an old mirror, thank you!!!!!

    http://sweetsouthernpea.blogspot.com

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  6. Love it! You have such great home decor style.

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  7. I love this idea! Beautiful home :)

    Jessica
    www.thewaytomyhart.com

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  8. I really want a chalkboard wall! This is on my fall bucket list. Yours looks really good and your kitchen is gorgeous!

    warriorofbeauty.blogspot.com

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  9. Your kitchen is beautiful, Lucky! I love this idea and have been thinking of doing something similar. The only problem is I have horrible tremors so I shake like a granny. Needless to say, my handwriting wouldn't look that good. Love it!
    -Darcy
    Trailofgoldglitter.blogspot,com

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  10. so adorable and homey!! love it!

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  11. Love this! Where is the chaise from?

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  12. Love it! I have been wanting to have a chalkboard wall in the kitchen for so long. If only I wasn't renting!

    Kim | evladylrebmik.blogspot.com

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  13. I love it! And I love your home decor style. I want to have a chalkboard wall but we are thinking about moving. I'll definitely do it at our future place.

    allthingsglitterandbeauty

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  14. It is really very interesting and creative, the house is beautiful!
    http://en.ofweek.com

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  15. Been wanting to do a chalk board wall(or section of wall) for ages, my daughter is 3 and a half and playing with chalk is such a timeless activity! It looks awesome tiffany:)

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  16. I love it! I love your blog posts as usual :)

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  17. This is such a cute idea :)
    xx Stephanie (www.stephaniesstyleblog.com)

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  18. Tiffany, I enjoy your decor posts more than your beauty posts! Eek!

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  19. My cousin has a chalkboard wall in her kitchen and it's SO cute! Love it!

    xx

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  20. Did you get your kitchen chandelier from Ballard?

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    1. The chandelier above the kitchen table was an Overstock find. The one in the dining room is from Pottery Barn

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    2. What color are your walls?

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    3. Where did you find the 2 matching lights in the kitchen? Looking for something very similar! Thanks :)

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  21. Great idea!! I always wanted to do this. Love your kitchen.

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  22. Great idea and glad it works in your home. For me, it would be too mess (not that I'm a neat nic) .. I just would rather have a pin board.

    Monica, www.pear-shaped-gal.com

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  23. You have an amazingly pretty home! :)
    Laura
    cosyasaturdaynight.blogspot.com

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  24. Did you get your white cermanic rooster from homegoods?

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  25. Love your kitchen-what color paint is that?

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  26. totally random but yesterday while watching the movie prisoners in the cinema i spotted your dinning room chairs in the kitchen of the old woman house. and while the suspense factor is high i whispered in my husbands ear "hey those are the same chairs Tiffany used in that DIY project"
    his reaction was "hun i am sure we are not watching Martha Stewart show"
    i know random but thought would let you know incase you gonna watch the movie which was soooo good
    love you Tiffany

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  27. This is awesome! This is something I want to do someday. Once I am married and out of school.....

    http://gradperfection.blogspot.com/

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  28. I love the chalk board wall idea! I had it in my house in Florida but since I have moved it totally spaced my mind to do another one! Thank you for the little reminder ;)

    You did a great job on the lettering btw! Chalk isn't always the easiest to work with!

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  29. Thank you for the reminder to do this!! I had a chalk board wall in my house in Florida but I've moved! I knew my kitchen was missing something!

    You did a great job on the lettering btw! Chalk isn't always the easiest to work with!

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  30. Love the chalkboard wall! I, too, have a wall in my kitchen that I wanted covered in chalkboard paint. But I also wanted it to be magnetic. So I went to my local metal works shop and bought a piece of 2' x 6' long piece of sheet metal (which they cut to the exact size I needed.) I then covered it in chalkboard paint, and hung it on the wall! We added regular ol' baseboard around the edges to frame it. It looks beautiful and we get so many compliments on it! And I love that our refrigerator is no longer the "catch-all" of all our upcoming-events-clutter. Just thought I'd throw it out there in case anyone else was looking to make theirs magnetic!

    And PS- the magnetic chalkboard paint does NOT work! Don't waste your money! ;)

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  31. I think you would enjoy this DIY project - using a stencil to paint a room or just a feature wall in a room. I did it for my guest bedroom and it came out beautifully but since I am not on social media, I don't have a way of sending you a pic. I painted the room a grayish blue color and did the stencil in a color one shade lighter than the wall (and did it in a semi gloss) so that the overall look was soft and airy. At the beginning of the summer I bought the same lamps you have in your family room from Home Goods (after also seeing similar ones at Pier 1) and 2 nightstands from the Pier 1 Hayworth collection. I love how the room turned out and wish I could send you a pic. You would definitely enjoy this project. The website where I bought the stencil is royaldesignstudio.com but Etsy has similar styles.

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    1. Here are inspiration pictures I used for my guest bedroom:
      Look at the 2nd pictures: http://www.etsy.com/listing/65814657/moroccan-stencil-design-rabat-lg?ref=shop_home_active
      http://www.decorpad.com/photo.htm?photoId=63444

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  32. Where did you get your topiaries next to the sink?

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  33. I love your bench by the bar. Where did you get it?

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  34. Hey lady! I saw this on Pinterest and thought of you. I think it would look super cute on your chalk board and go with your lovely home. Love your videos and decor blogs! Xo
    http://pinterest.com/pin/171910910749158396/

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  35. Hey Tiffany! I am currently working on a chalkboard wall in my kitchen..I plan to put one more coat on it this evening and I'm so excited to get it done!! I remembered that you had posted about doing this and I was curious as to which method you use to erase. I have read that you shouldn't use a chalkboard eraser, but to use a damp cloth instead and I have read the exact opposite. Any insight?

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