Operation Craft Room: I Used Chalkboard Paint!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Hiya folks and happy Thursday to you.  I've been a busy little bee up in my craft room (a.k.a. bonus room, a.k.a. FROG - finished room over garage) the past few weeks and I can't wait to share everything, but I'm trying to take this project slowly and do things right, and make sure it's something I can live with for the long haul.  I never knew I was so indecisive until I started planning a gallery wall - many hours I've spent just staring at these blue walls trying to envision it.  Anywho, that's not what I'm talking about today.  What I'm talking about today is a crazy idea that was hatched in my head after staring at said walls for far too long.  What to do with these crazy half walls at the entry?  Then it hit me... like everyone else in the blogosphere, dive into the realm of the painted chalkboard wall!  I needed a place to jot down my inspiration as it strikes, to draw crazy funky pictures whenever I feel like, and to give this room some life.

Here are the walls before.  They flank the entry (obvs).

Just ignore all that junk there in the middle.  That's my staging area for all the crapola that needs to be taken downstairs.

A $15 quart of Valspar chalkboard paint from Lowes, a new $3 roller, 2 coats, and 2 hours later, aaaaaand voila!

I love how they add depth to this end of the room.  Not only do I have totally fun, totally awesome chalkboard walls, but I now have a constant supply of FREE artwork.  If I feel the need for change, all I have to do is dig out a piece of chalk and get busy.

Yesterday morning I spent half an hour doodling, and oh my gosh, it was so fun.  I'm thinking the artwork on this wall will change quite frequently, but for now, it centers around dreaming...

Please don't make fun of my Steamboat Willie... I tried my best!  Do his nose and mouth look a little off?  Why, yes, they do, but can you tell it's Mickey?!  I think so.

Of course I had to include an owl!

Oh, and for some reason in these photos, the walls looks like they're really chalkdusty, but they're not that bad in real life.  Although the paint can didn't say to, I've heard all over that you're supposed to "season" chalkboard walls by rubbing the whole thing with the side of a piece of chalk and then erasing it before you start creating masterpieces, so that's what I did, hence the chalkiness that's not really that bad in real life.  Okay, I think that was a really bad run-on sentence but you catch my drift.

The verdict: I'm in love with chalkboard paint!

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  1. It looks great!
    Just linked over to your blog from Better After and read a few of your posts. I really like your blog, I'm following you now!

  2. I've done this in my daughter's room. I can't believe the amount of use it gets. I thought it would just be kiddies but every adult who comes in the house goes and 'plays' too.

    Thank you so much for taking the time to join our Pin'Inspiration party this week. I'm hoping that you'll pop by tomorrow and share at my "Beat The Winter Blues" party. :-)