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Chalkboard Wall


Before we get going with this wall, just a note that husband and I celebrated one year of being home owners!  It was cool to think back to when we got the keys and excitedly came to OUR HOUSE!  Crazy how time flies…

Ok so let’s talk about this chalkboard wall.  Wait, what do you mean you don’t want to see another chalkboard project?  That can’t be true… everyone loves a good wall you can write all over with no fear of permanent damage! Right?

chalkboard wall close-upsI updated the front entrance slightly.  It has taken me about 3 weeks to finish this project fully – I did it in 15-20 minute increments, which is why it took so long.  I’d like to tell the story with pictures, so here we go.

thrifted frame for chalkboard wallThis is the antique frame I bought a couple of months ago, without any real plans for it.  It was $8 and I paid $6 for it.  Amazing?  Yes.  It was quite dusty, so I thought I might have to paint it, but the colour is just perfect.  I just removed the nails all around the frame, the two hooks on either side and that shoelace – somehow I knew the shoelace wouldn’t stay!


chalkboard wall stepsThis is how the wall progressed over the weeks.  I painted one evening, thinking the painter’s tape would do the trick in keeping the black paint off of the trim.  Nope!  I conditioned the chalkboard as you read about when I made the living room chalkboard.  It’s an important step, though it sucks on a larger scale like this!  Chalk dust everywhere!  Luther, of course, had to rub himself on the freshly painted trim.  Gotta love him!

chalkboard wall hooksI hung up the frame and got to “measuring” for the key hooks (which I got at Dollar Tree – $1 for all 16 hooks!).  I spaced them out somewhat evenly, then realized I made the marks way too close to the frame!  Thankfully I realized this after just the first one!  If you look closely you can see the hole just below the frame, but I’m not concerned with perfection when it comes to this wall!

before and afterSo there you have it!  The before and after.  You can see I started this project a long time ago – The gallery wall wasn’t even done yet when I painted!  My husband is the artist behind the quote in the frame, and I drew the rest, keeping with the simple, fun and carefree tone of the message.  It’s such a great addition of our view when walking into the house!  And, seriously, who doesn’t need a chalkboard wall, right?

chalkboard wall close-ups

This makes me want to have more chalkboard walls in the house!  Have you done this too?  I’d love to see your ideas if you wan to link up in the comments!


Happy chalkboarding!

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June 24, 2013

June 24, 2013

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  • Reply Gillian

    That frame is great (minus the shoestring, of course). And look at Luther! So grownup and handsome. Congrats on your one year housiversary!!!

    June 13, 2013 at 4:04 pm
  • Reply Heidi @

    So cute! I love the brick and the flower pot :) I’m tempted to do a chalkboard wall in my house but also afraid my kiddos would then think it’s ok to write on any wall in the house :/…

    June 18, 2013 at 8:21 am
    • Reply Thalita

      Thank you Heidi!!! I don’t have to worry about kids writing on walls just yet, but I understand your fear completely!!

      June 18, 2013 at 8:37 am
  • Reply the cape on the corner

    aww, happy one year house-aversary!

    June 18, 2013 at 1:19 pm
  • Reply Krystie

    Hmmm. . . Where could I put a chalkboard wall, you definitely have my wheels spinning!

    June 21, 2013 at 12:39 pm
    • Reply Thalita

      That’s always a good thing!! :) Thanks for stopping by Krystie!

      June 22, 2013 at 8:58 am
  • Reply Lisa

    What a great idea for that little wall! I’m getting ready to repaint the basement for my grandsons, and now I’m thinking we need a chalkboard wall!

    June 22, 2013 at 9:53 am
    • Reply Thalita

      Oh my gosh I bet they would absolutely love it!!! Thanks so much for stopping in to leave a comment, Lisa! Off to go check out your blog! :)

      June 22, 2013 at 11:24 am
  • Reply Krista @thehappyhousie

    Love it! It looks awesome… I ‘ve been trying to decide where I could fit one…

    June 22, 2013 at 11:03 am
  • Reply Amy

    I absolutely love this! I wanted to paint one of my kitchen walls with chalkboard paint, but hubby just couldn’t see it. :(

    June 22, 2013 at 5:01 pm
    • Reply Thalita

      I’ll be crossing my fingers for you that hubby comes around! You should just start emailing him pictures of all sorts of awesome chalkboard walls. Maybe he’ll just feel compelled to surprise you with a cool wall everyone can write on! :)

      June 22, 2013 at 10:10 pm
  • Reply Diane | An Extraordinary Day

    What a terrific addition to your home!!
    Thanks for sharing at Monday Funday Link Party!
    Hope your week is extraordinary!

    June 23, 2013 at 12:13 am
    • Reply Thalita

      Thanks so much Diane!! And thank YOU for always being such a wonderful hostess!

      June 25, 2013 at 7:00 am
  • Reply Tania

    Looks great! I love the addition of the frame and hooks!


    June 23, 2013 at 1:27 am
    • Reply Thalita

      Thanks Tania!
      I figured if I was going to have a chalkboard wall, it may as well be useful too!! :)

      June 25, 2013 at 6:59 am
  • Reply Amy @ A Blossoming Life

    Super fun idea!!! I would totally do this if I owned a house! I would love if you would share this over at our blog hop

    June 23, 2013 at 8:35 pm
    • Reply Thalita

      Thank you Amy! And hey, you can always get some cheap particle board, paint it with chalkboard paint and frame it with hardware store molding and prop it up! Plus, then you can take it with you anywhere!
      Oh and I will also share at the blog hop – thanks for the invite!

      June 25, 2013 at 6:26 pm
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    Thanks so much for linking up at last week’s Project Inspire{d} ~ I just wanted to let you know that you were one of my features this week. {pinned}

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    June 24, 2013 at 8:35 pm
    • Reply Thalita

      Hi Mary Beth,
      Thank you SO much for the feature! That is so exciting!!! :)

      June 25, 2013 at 6:50 am
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  • Reply Vanessa

    Love that! I’m trying to convince the BF to get on board with painting one of these in our office. More ammunition for my cause ;)

    November 20, 2013 at 7:26 am
    • Reply Thalita

      Ohhhhhh I hope this works!!! It’s super handy and there’s always the added bonus of being allowed to doodle on the walls!

      November 20, 2013 at 12:03 pm

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