Unlike our old house, our new house needs little work. We liked the idea of “move in ready” but at the same time we felt compelled to do something to make it feel like our own. I was finally able to convince Matt to let me do a small project…. to paint one, little wall in the kitchen. Should be quick and easy, right? Not so much. After browsing online and flipping through Pottery Barn catalogs, I got inspired to do something a little different. Here are my inspiration pictures:
So what started as a simple painted wall, turned in to a little bit of a project….. 🙂
First things first, we decided to do a little research. We looked online to see if we could buy a sheet of chalkboard to mount on the wall. That was too expensive, so then we looked at chalkboard vinyl. We didn’t think that would work for such a big wall, so we ultimately decided to go with chalkboard paint. My sister had used chalkboard paint in the past, so she recommended that we apply the paint to as smooth of a surface as possible. Since we have textured walls, we knew we either had to sand down the wall or put something over it. We decided to cover the wall with 1/8″ masonite. This required a little measuring, drilling, patching, sanding…. Matt was thrilled, let me tell ya!
Next, we needed to decide if we wanted to use magnetic paint along with the chalkboard paint. We did a few test samples on a piece of wood and we decided to go without the magnetic paint. Although it sounded good in theory, the magnetic paint required too many coats to get the magnetic strength we were looking for and with so many coats, it lost the smoothness we were looking for.
After we finally got the masonite boards up and all smoothed out, it was time to apply the paint. Here is the wall after two coats of paint….
All in all, it took us four coats of paint. I have a lot of plans for our chalkboard wall but for now we just put up a calendar.
Quick Tip! Coca-Cola on a wet washcloth works wonders for cleaning chalkboards. Who would’ve thought! My brother-in-law also recommended vinegar.
Besides a little extra dust we love our chalkboard wall and our kids love it too. I just hope they don’t start drawing on the walls in the rest of the house!