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Monday, October 14, 2013

Home Design: DIY Chalkboard Wall

Good morning, friends - and Happy Columbus Day! I hope you're all enjoying a lazy day off from work and a few more precious hours of weekend! I am (thankfully) off for the day, but that doesn't mean I'm relaxing. I thought today would be the perfect day to share my new, all-time favorite home feature - our chalkboard bar!

If you read this post, you have a rough idea of what I was working with - but if you missed that post, here is a refresher:

Certainly nothing to write home about! But with a little paint (and some patience), we transformed it into a fun centerpiece for our dining room. See all the details after the jump:

As you saw above, we used Rust-Oleum ChalkBoard Paint in flat black - purchased at Home Depot for $10. Add a roll of painter's tape (I swear by this stuff) and a foam roller and we were ready to rock.

All in all, this project cost less than $20! I was worried we'd need more than one can, but we were able to get two coats on our walls with just one quart. You can see the difference between one coat and two in the shot above - it definitely takes two coats on a light colored wall.

And if you're like us and have those horrible popcorn treated walls, fear not - the paint still went on smooth and looked great! Once we completely covered it, we let it set for 48 hours... then I broke out a yard stick and went to town chalking!

Oh man, I love it so much! I change the drawings almost every day and it makes me smile every morning when I come down for breakfast. Life's too short not to enjoy the little things like doodling on your kitchen walls!

And just for fun, I started accessorizing our bar top a little with a drink and snack station for guests - and a little Steve Martin humor to make them smile.

I think my next project might be to buy or salvage some bar stools like these to complete the look.

But what do you think? Love it or leave it? Worried about chalk dust? (FYI  - it hasn't been too bad!) I'd love to hear your thoughts - and your ideas for new quotes and lettering for the wall!

Until next time, my darlings!



  1. What a great idea for a home bar and nicely done!

    Would probably only use the chalkboard paint on one wall or least not as many, but it is pretty cool looking. As far as new "writing on the wall" is concerned, you'll always be able to change up the drinks menu to list your party themed or signature drinks of the day along with snacks, etc.

    Colored chalk opens up some other options too. How about a mural?

  2. I love it but I'm concerned it might be hard to paint over when I move out.....what do u think? Gotta love apartment living!

  3. Hey there

    This looks awesome! My husband did a chalkboard wall but now it's hard to clean or white down to make it look nice between writing. Any tips on making it look dark again like in this picture between writing and erasing? Thank you!