Carol Ann has a blackboard-door in her kitchen. I have always loved it. My sister-in-law, Robin, is famous for her re-purposed art-to-board chalkboards. I just have a little store-bought chalkboard I sometimes write scriptures on, or birthday greetings for the fam. It is NOT a good one at all. (pictured below: Carol Ann’s, one of Robin’s and mine after Stormie’s accident last fall)
I have planned on buying a can of chalkboard paint from WalMart for like – 5 years, at least, to have something more interesting than the board I have. So, I went ahead and bought a can for $8.98 and told Tara I thought I had an original and brilliant idea: to chalkboard-paint the base of our kitchen breakfast counter so the grand-bebe’s could sit on the floor and do artwork for me. I had never seen anything like it….UNTIL I decided to google “chalkboard paint ideas” and omygoodness – people have beat me to it. Figures.
Meanwhile, I also found some other kitchen designs with chalkboard paint. There is crazy stuff out there!
Here are the 2 breakfast counters I found (which I really thought was MY idea!!).
There is a chalkboard-fridge thing going on. I don’t know if I could do this!?? Maaaaaaybe on the wall around it, though?
This cabinet is pristine. Would you be eating chalkdust if you wrote on placemats? The plate thing? Pretty easily do-able. I just saw this very plate at WalMart for less than $3. Paint the middle, plop it on a cookbook stand and voila!
Here are some cute ideas – pantry doors, doorway, shelves and backsplash:
How cute are these rooms?? But the kids already have to remind me to write the birthday message before people arrive. Ha! I can’t imagine what would happen if I had to have all sorts of clever script on entire walls!
This, though, is my absolute FAVORITE! Why? Because: clean, modern cooking/eating area. Woods floors, creativity and art on top of the pantry. The heavy-duty industrial warehouse doors that slide to hide the pantry as needed. Whimsy. The old with the new. Is that enough reason to adore it?!? What am I doing in suburbia?
Will one can of chalkboard paint even be enough?…Jeanie
NOTE TO SELF: Start painting before Dave sees this post!
4 thoughts on “Chalk it Up”
Love the kitchen counter base idea. Love the rest, too. I’m excited to see the pics of your handiwork. I can only imagine at this point how fabulous they will be!
Did you know that you can make your own chalkboard paint? ‘Why would I want too?’ you ask? You can make it in any color! Stores only sell green or black, but here is a recipe (I found on a few different websites awhile back) for making your own!
3 teaspoons acrylic paint (any color you want!)
1 1/2 teaspoons water-based glazing medium
1/2 teaspoon powder tile grout
Mix all ingredients, blending well. Don’t make too much and throw away leftovers.
I did know that…in fact, I already have 2 follow-up posts for that chalk craze I got myself into and the recipe from Martha Stewart was to be included.
Yay google is my king helped me to find this great website ! .