The title of this post should be “I Got Tired of My Dinky Framed Chalkboard, Painted the Wall, Then Painted More, and How I Fill It Up”. Because, seriously, I had a really cute little (if you call 24 x 30 little) framed chalkboard hanging on that wall. But I decided that if a little chalkboard is good a BIG chalkboard is better. Then I decided a GIANT chalkboard would be best.
By the way, this is the only time in the realm of house decorating I can think that painted over wall paper is a bonus. Because my kitchen was wallpapered several times and then painted over several times. It’s SO SMOOOOOTH!
Predictable cast of characters — 1. measuring tape – you know, for measuring; 2. paintable wall blank – see that big black hole in the wall? It’s a recessed outlet to plug a picture light in to. I didn’t want to completely patch over it so I removed the outlet and capped off the wires; 3. painters tape; 4. screw driver or iphone – whichever is more important to you; 5. tools used to cute and cap wires in the outlet. Not shown is my awesome paintbrush. I have many (like, MAHN.EE) chalboard surfaces in my house and the best brush to use is the red, nappy, teeny tiny “touch up paint” rollers. They are el cheapo, disposable, and don’t make my arm hurt. Plus, the result is so smooth and even.
I’ve tried two different types of chalkboard paint and really like the RUST-OLEUM brand. But use whatever floats your boat. And I know there are a million and five recipes for chalk board paint going around – to me, because of how inexpensive it is, this is just fine!
Measure and tape the area that will be covered in chalkboard paint. That huge white plate in the middle is an outlet that I presume was for a picture light. I didn’t want to completely patch it up so I removed the outlet, capped the wires and screwed in the blank. The blank is textured just the tiniest bit and *meant* to be painted over. I’d rather NOT have it in the middle of the wall, but c’est la vie.
My surface didn’t need to be sanded – it was amazingly smooth to start with (that what happens when there are a million layers of painted over wall paper) but since the paint on the wall was glossy-ish I rubbed it down with Liquid Sandpaper. I LOVE this stuff. Mostly because I’m kind of lazy and usually don’t want to sand my projects. If you use it – follow the directions on the brand you use.
No painting in progress pictures – I’m sure you can figure that part out… Here is finished result #1. This is the “big” wall. I like it. It’s big.
But upon further inspection I decide it’s not big enough. I want it to be GIANT. In fact, I think about painting the ENTIRE wall in chalk. FMG was all ‘Do whatever makes you happy, Babe”, Jojo was in the “That’s a lot of black paint… think it through” camp. Thankfully this wall is next to a humongo (inadequately insulated) window.
So I slept on it and decided the next morning to make it a GIANT chalkboard wall… but I didn’t take any in-progress pictures. I basically took the painters tape and used it as my “measure” – it’s a painter’s tape width away from the ceiling, baseboard and wall on either side. Easy peasy. It makes a fabulous photo background – as sweet LDS is showing us.
So how does one fill up a giant chalkboard wall? Well, if one happens to have an overhead projector – THIS is how! Find or design some inspiration (thank you Pinterest). Print it on a transparency and project it on the wall.
And basically “paint by number”. This particular reproduction was a team project that involved some wine and a 2 am-ish bed time. But when one of your craftiest girlfriends is in town, it’s what happens!
Et voila! The giant chalkboard wall can’t wait for all the holidays and for Lapin to be big enough to scribble on the bottom. (And this picture was taken in the wee hours of the morning… don’t judge the light).
A little note: No one affiliated with any of the products I used/mentioned knows I exist. I’m just sharing what works best for me… Also, the original art: