Fabulously Framed Chalkboard
I've done it! I finally hopped on the chalkboard bandwagon. I have loved the look of chalkboards ever since they began growing in popularity, but resisted the price. Fifteen dollars for a little can is just outrageous for this frugal one. I don't even spend that amount on an article of clothing, much less a fun decoration I could live without. However, there was this odd day in which I found myself in Hobby Lobby (a dangerous place to be sure) in an unusually weakened state. My will power was not strong enough to resist the possibilities that fifteen dollar can held and I put it in my cart and bought the darn thing. It was obvious where I would paint the black stuff. This wall in our kitchen between the living room and dining room doors was too perfect. For a while I contemplated doing the whole wall, but I remembered this fabulous frame I picked up at a garage sale and figured it would be perfect.
Sorry for the blurry picture, it was dark and I wasn't in the mood to mess with the camera.
I stuck the frame up on the wall and used it as my guide for the tape, leaving a little extra space on the edges so they would be covered by the frame.
It was necessary to lay down newspaper and do the project while Jordan was asleep. There was no way I'd be able to keep his fingers out of the paint.
I had no idea there were all these extra steps when it came to chalkboard paint. I definitely needed to do two coats, and actually ended up doing a third just in case. I waited 12 hours between each coat, so this was not a one day project.
Then, 24 hours after the last coat went on the board needed to be "seasoned" by rubbing the side of a piece of chalk all over the entire board. I'm still not sure why this must be done, but all the instructions say so.
Mr. Charming was the first to get to draw on it. Not sure what kind of creature that is.
Once the chalk markers I'd ordered came in the mail (again, moment of weakness as I splurged on this item), I was so excited to start drawing. I painted this lovely quote, but when I stepped back it was all off center. I couldn't live with that, and, feeling happy it is an erasable board, took a rag and wiped it over. The happy feelings left as the white marker left very visible remnants of there existence all over the black wall. It was not coming off. I tried everything from dish soap to Windex.
I was so frustrated that I ended up doing an entire new layer of paint over the board. It was only after I'd finished that I learned that Magic Erasers take the stuff right off. So, before doing anymore artwork, I got a few from the local grocery store. It's true, they work perfectly and I was able to draw freely on my fabulously framed chalkboard, knowing it would actually come off when I chose.
I think I'm really going to love this chalkboard wall. It's so fun to doodle on, though, my artistry needs some work.
Ok, now I need your opinion. When we first moved into this house, I sort of liked the yellow the previous owners had in the kitchen. It is certainly colorful enough. However, the more I live with it, the more I'm beginning to feel it's too overwhelming. Like it's so bright it's almost dark, if that makes any sense. What do you think? Should we swap out the color? And if we do, to what? We have white cabinets, so I probably wouldn't want white on white.