Mar 7, 2008

Chalkboard Paint


Well well well, the weekend is here once again. One thing I'm going to do this weekend is procrastinate, can't wait for that. Since it's inevitable, I've decided to plan a project to occupy the time that's much more constructive than pacing back and forth. So, Matt and I have been thinking about putting a chalk board in our kitchen for a while now, and my brother turned us on to the idea of making our own with chalkboard paint. Working with Matt is essential for me when doing anything DIY—he has the patience of Joab and I ruin everything because two minutes after painting or gluing something I say, "Let's just see if it's dry..." So we're going to go to Artists Frame Service's outlet to buy a frame then buy a piece of plywood that fits in it and paint it with chalkboard paint. I have been toying with the idea of doing the entire wall, but I'm too scared of what our landlord would do to us when he sees it. It does look really cool though—like the above photo which is part of an Ikea installation I saw on Crib Candy. Hopefully I'll have a photo to post of the finished product on Monday.

9 comments:

LV said...

Yet another option, LIzzie. At Salvage One, in the back - you have to ask to see it - they have large sheets of old slate. Some are probably as big as 5'x 7'. It is fairly thin as far as slate is concerned, and they make incredible chalk boards. I would then take that slate to a framer - ideally my framer - Wall-to-Wall Framing on Winthrop, because he's a small business owner, and is incredible at what he does, and is a great value (much less expensive than AFS!) and make it pretty. I've done this in my place, and for others.

theadguru said...

That's a really cool idea... Nice little weekend project. I'll have to check back and see if you leave any updates... What kind of frame do you think you are going to use?

Lizzie said...

Thanks. I don't know I was thinking something really simple and maybe blonde-colored wood. But, not really sure. I'm also thinking of checking out the slate at Salvage One without a frame. We'll see...

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Falkor said...

A cool site!

Finicky said...

Great idea! Love new and innovative ideas like that. Enjoy! Oh, and I love your kitty. I'm a cat lover. I have an ebay store called the finicky feline. Check it out: thefinickyfeline.com
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BeverlyKayeGallery said...

Lizzie:
The slate idea is great.....I will be sure to tell my D-I-L this weekend!

Colour Cool Jul said...

This is a really cool idea...I'm going to add you to my favourites on my blog...do you mind if I post this image on my blog with reference to you guys....or course ??

Lizzie said...

sure, but the photo is from an Ikea installation and I found it on crib candy, not my own photo.