The weekend, as usual, went too fast. (And since it’s Tuesday, it goes to show we’re playing catch up, too.) It was a good one – filled with friends, food and very little down time – and while waiting to tie up those loose ends in Operation Studio (we’re thisclose), we squeezed in a moment to do this:
For as long as we’ve lived in this home (we’ll be closing in on year five this fall!), our entry wall has been kelly green (Behr’s Chlorophyll). Other room colors have slowly evolved (our orange bedroom comes to mind), and although the media wall had us covering the other green wall, we weren’t ready to say good bye to this one.
Until now, anyway.
Since the studio has been taking priority this entire year, we’ve been allowing other parts of our home to gather old-office clutter that we weren’t sure what to do with. For the better part of March, our entry table housed more than just Scott’s wallet and a few keys, rather, our snail bank, extra frames and a whole lotta dust began collecting, too. For such a small area, it became this obnoxious pile of stuff in the middle of our home, causing my OCD heart too much anxiety.
While watching television one night, my mind wandered (as it usually does), and I asked Scott if he’d be into changing the green. He easily agreed, we threw around a few suggestions, and we landed on a chalkboard/grey combo. We pulled you in by posing the possibility on Facebook, and a few days later, we cleared the junk, patched the wall and taped it off.
We had both paints on hand, one being left over from our back splash (Rustoleum) and the other being the same grey as the rest of our hall (Behr’s Porpoise).
Because we were going with black over green, we didn’t bother to prime the wall, and luckily, there was no issue. In total, the chalkboard paint took two full coats and a third touch up coat, and the grey covered in two. I pulled our tape off before either paint dried completely, which helps prevent any of the color to peel along with it.
Of course we didn’t want the green to show through, but we had the idea to create a chalkboard lip. Using an Ikea Ribba picture ledge, Scott used a miter saw to cut it down to the width of our 42″ wall. (Not shown, I applied white acrylic paint to conceal the raw edge.)
After waiting a few days for the chalkboard paint to cure, Scott slated the wall with a piece of white chalk. Once the whole wall was covered, I took a damp cloth and wiped it down, giving it that smudgy, smoky look we love. At the same time, the thin layer of chalk acts as a buffer between the wall and any future doodles.
For the finishing touches, we framed this beautiful print from Jess LC, a great inspirational reminder from our friend (you guessed it), Jess. And for fun, we had Mr. B’s dad whip this up (but please, don’t ask us what it means!):
And although we’re not thrilled with the placement of our thermostat, we think it actually blends in better with the chalkboard wall than it ever did against the green (with special thanks to the smudgy, chalky residue; really!).
If you’re standing at just the right angle in our home, you can see the kitchen back splash, the new entry wall and our graphic wallpaper all at the same time. We especially love that all these surfaces are shades of grey, which ties back into our neutral hallway – a perfect happy accident! This also brings our chalkboard total to two in this home; do we need an intervention?
We’re still undecided on the future placement of the old console table (we may sell it at our annual yard sale), but we couldn’t be happier with this simple change. What do you think? Have you used chalkboard paint (store bought or self made) in unexpected places? And is anyone else reminded of this?