Friday, November 30, 2012

Chalk it up to an itch for change

Since we have not settled on what big changes to make to the kitchen yet, we opted for a small, fun change for the time being. In the kitchen, there is a side of a cabinet that faces the hall/dining area that I have always wanted to do something with. It is in the perfect location for something like a bulletin board/calendar or important reminders- you never miss it on your way to the kitchen.

I was very excited to find this chalkboard paint at our local Home Depot for $9!

Here is what we started with (BEFORE):
This chalkboard paint is a lot runnier than regular wall paint. What does that mean? A much bigger mess than anticipated. It did not help that I made the mistake of wetting the paint roller first.

Oops... we ended up having to wipe this mess up and start over.
With two coats of the paint, the project was complete. We are quite happy with the results- not bad for less than $9 (we only used half of the paint) and an evening's worth of work.
The idea is to use it for grocery lists, reminders, notes to each other, etc. Something like this:

chalkboard-grocery list

When I got home from class later that day, the board had evolved into this:
(FYI: I am 5'2 and Tony is 6'0. Penny is the pictured puppy.)

I got some colored chalk for my more artistically inclined guests. Cannot wait to see what our crazy friends decide to do with this.

With plenty of chalkboard paint leftover, I decided to take the chalkboard theme further into our kitchen. I have had this $5 set of stainless steel canisters since graduating college and use them for my baking ingredients. I bake often enough that they just sit on the kitchen counter. Why not give them the DIO touch?
With some blue painter's tape, I made chalkboard labels.

Hope you enjoy those as much as we do!


Emily said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I found your blog through the DIY Showoff. You two do amazing DIY, or should I say DIO, work.
I can't wait to read more!

Pam said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Very cute! I love how creative everyone got with the chalkboard. It looks like it'll be a lot of fun to have right there.

I'm here from DIY Show Off and love your blog.

We have a chocolate lab too. It's fun to see your pictures.

Enjoy your weekend!

Lynn Nhi said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Love this idea! I always have issues with usability though. Does the chalk dust get everywhere on the ground and poor penny's bed? Is it easy to clean?

lannien said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Just tried to add a "comment reply" function to this blog but it did not seem to work so I will reply to all of you here at once.

@Emily - thank you! Glad you stopped by because I'm digging your moulding post. We attempted to put up crown molding but quickly realized it was more complicated than we thought it'd be so we put it off for a weekend with more time. Fingers crossed that we can figure this one out!

@Pam - Our chocolate lab will probably appear in more photos. She seems to understand what a camera does and is sure to always get in front of it! Such a ham.

@Lynn - At first, the only chalk I had around was sidewalk chalk. Bad idea. It did not erase very well. So I ordered some regular chalk and an eraser. For us, it's worked really well. We do not use the board heavily as say a teacher would so dust has not really been a problem. I'll keep you posted. As for Penny's bed, we do not usually put it there. It was just there that day for training purposes. She prefers laying on the chaise anyway. (SPOILED)