Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Kitchen Chalkboard

This post was almost called . . .
"I liked it and so I put a frame around it" "Yes I liked it and so I put a frame around it" Oh Oh Oh, Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh . . . Woah Oh Oh.

I LOVE chalkboard paint, I would paint the entire house in chalkboard paint and then draw all over the walls, luckily Lee is normal (unlike myself) and tames down my chalkboard paint excursions.
Here's how it went down:
Ashli: "I'm going to paint the kitchen wall in Chalkboard paint!" "I'm a genuis"
Lee: "What?? The whole wall?"
Ashli: "Why don't you trust me, and my mad decorating skills" wa wa wa . . . and some other general pouting occurred.

I came up with an everybody wins solution . . . Chalkboard Paper!!! I found a big 'ol piece of it at Homesense, on clearance for $15.  We stuck it to the wall, and it looked good . . . not great.
I remembered Janell from Isabella and Max rooms made a gorgeous frame for her kitchen chalkboard so right there in Home Depot's moulding isle we pulled it up on the phone and devised a copy cat version of Janell's right on the spot! (thank goodness for crafty bloggers like Janell, and iPhones).

Like I said First we stuck the paper to the wall.

Then Lee added the trim:

We painted it the same color as our Trim (Martha Stewart's Heavy Cream). And to top it off (literally!) I added a clock I found at Homesense, for $15.

I was thinking it would be great to write holiday messages on . . . or take photos in front of with funny chalk drawings around us!! Or just write down a quick message or dirty limerick, you know, what ever comes to mind!

Disclaimer: This image is totally photoshoped on, I couldn't draw this,
let alone in chalk, to save my life!

I still need to find a Hook for my Apron! And a chalk holder of some sort!! And some Chalk pens, I heard those things are awesome!

Budget Breakdown:
Molding:                 $20 and change
Chalkboard Paper:  $ 15
Wall Clock:             $15
Total Cost:         $50 


  1. FYI, make sure you "season" your chalkboard with chalk first, especially if you use the chalkboard markers. We've had a hard time getting them to erase if the chalkboard surface wasn't prepared first.

  2. It looks so nice! I love that!

  3. You could use a clip with a magnet to hold a piece of chalk on your fridge. And definitely season the board.

  4. I've seen on pinterest where they flip a drawer pull upside down, and mount that to the chalkboard frame to hold the chalk. I don't know how it would work for pens, though.

  5. Jen @ iHeartOrganinzing did something similar and used an upside down drawer pull for chalk holder. Might work or you too :)

  6. I love it! It looks so "old schoolhouse-ish."

  7. I love it! Jen, over at I Heart Organizing, used a drawer pull to hold her chalk - super cute! I went looking for the post and I think this is it:

  8. Ah Ha! I was going to say the drawer pull upside down thing too. Ha, great minds think alike! Super cute, can't wait to see what you come up with!!!

  9. Your chalkboard is WAY too cute, I love it! Actually, this whole post was really cute ;) And on a side note, that song has now been stuck in my head...!

  10. I love it! But I hate chalk dust, so I'm with Lee on this one :)

  11. I didn't even know there was such a thing as chalkboard paper! Fabulous idea! Love it! (I may have to break out that can of chalkboard paint I've never opened and finally do something with it, O Woman of Inspiration!)


  12. Okay, now I will be singing that song ALL DAY! LOL Love how it turned out. And SURE to season the chalkboard. The markers are great, but for some reason they do NOT come off all chalkboard surfaces, especially if you leave something up for awhile. Kate has a whole wall in her room and we took pics in front of it for their Christmas cards last was a blast!! I think I have pics on the my blog from last Christmas and her room reveal.

  13. The drawer pull upside down works for chalk. Also, a Scrabble letter holder tray works great too. :-) The chalkboard frame/trim looks GREAT! Let us know how you like the chalkboard pens!

  14. This is beautiful! I love how it turned out.

  15. that was hilarious, and now I can't get that song out of my mind, much less the chipmunks squeaky voice, LOL!! Looks great!

  16. I totally painted a whole wall with chalkboard paint and love it! I like the board & frame better for your kitchen though. Nice work.

  17. I was going to suggest the drawer pull too, I guess everyone has seen that on Pinterest :) I found a vintage one for the chalkboard paper I put on the inside of my cupboard (thanks to your idea!) and it works great. If you are going to do the chalk pens I would just try to find a larger pull. It would look great mounted to the frame!

  18. If you like it then you should have put some "bling" on it...



  19. Catherine in EdmondsDecember 1, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    Your detailed steps for projects are invaluable. Some of the best in DYI blog land. Thank you.


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