So a few months ago, I came across this picture on Pinterest, and ever since then I have kind of been itching for that wall to make it’s presence known in my kitchen.
Since then I’ve been sitting on this idea, going back and forth on whether or not it would work in my space. When we bought our house, I painted the entire first floor the same color gray and have been slowly phasing it out wall by wall. Don’t get me wrong, I love the gray. I think it was a great choice for my home & I would do it again if I had to go back. It really helps make the house feel larger because it pulls all the rooms into one cohesive space. But now that we’ve lived here for a few years, and I’ve grown into the house, I’m starting to get comfortable with the rooms, with the color palette that I’ve gravitated toward, and I’m able to play a little bit with the colors on the walls.
Here’s the thing. I love white walls with texture. Practically every wall I have touched has turned white with some sort of texture, and my kitchen did not escape my wrath. Aside from the butcher block counter tops and the island, everything is white. So I thought a little pop of color on one wall would be balanced in this space. So I went for it!
I went to Home Depot, I spent less than 5 minutes looking at paint samples (which is unheard of), chose a color, bought a quart of it in flat finish, and went home! The color, by the way is called Kentucky Blue, which the lady working at the paint counter had to point out that it was not actually Kentucky blue. I have no idea what Kentucky blue should really look like, I just liked the color.
I have to tell you a secret about chalkboard paint…
It’s no different than chalk paint…
What I mean is, if you mix your own chalk paint, you can mix your own chalkboard paint. Same ingredients, same mixture, same thing.
Chalkboard Paint Recipe
So I poured one cup of flat paint, mixed in 1/3 plaster of paris and some hot water to help with the mixing, and mixed until the clumps were out. If you want reaaalllllyyy smooth paint, try mixing the plaster in the hot water first, then pour that into your cup of paint. Otherwise you might get these little clumps that turn into annoying paint rocks that roll onto your surface or fall on the floor. Lesson learned. The second cup I mixed up was much better because I listened to myself.
After taping off the ceiling and cabinets, & taking off outlet covers, I just painted the walls like I would any other paint.
After the paint dried, I grabbed some chalk and rubbed it along the entire wall. I already knew the chalk would lighten up the color a little, but just be aware you color won’t be the same.
A quick wipe down with a dry towel and the board is ready for chalk!
I also hung this fun little guy! I don’t know what he was previously, but he’s a pot rack now. I found it at a thrift store for $5.00!!
I tried to have a Iittle fun with it, but the chalkboard marker that I have is not that great. I plan on getting some better chalk markers and having a little fun with stencils or recipes or something, but I like it so far!
That little ladder is another work in progress. I hope to share that with you soon!
Do you have a chalkboard in your house?