How I got a chalkboard wall

2014-04-10T12:00:00Z 2014-05-07T18:38:10Z How I got a chalkboard wallBy Pat Colander
April 10, 2014 12:00 pm  • 

"I was looking for something else on Pinterest" is the simplest explanation of how I got a chalkboard wall. But my willingness to completely ignore adequate sleep requirements while following pins leading entirely away from my original search is typical of how I’m likely to come across an idea for a home improvement project. That is to say, these random searches occur late at night or on weekends only.

I had followed a trail that started with “interior design” but eventually led to the big “do-it-yourself” scrapbook on the site. Then I looked for “walls” inside of that cluster. “Chalkboard walls,” was not much of a leap from there, but I was surprised by how many chalkboards were there considering I don’t follow that many people.

Several chalkboard walls were in kitchens with grocery lists on them, which made me think of my daughter-in-law who has two small children and not much time. On a chalkboard hanging on the kitchen wall, she has a two-week menu plan with main ingredients in a grocery list underneath the meals. When she leaves to go to the store, she takes a picture of the chalkboard with her phone.

Not all the chalkboard walls I saw were practical. Some were amazingly inventive and cool: Like the loft wall with a high-ceiling chalkboard that I imagined would look great with ornate chandeliers drawn on it; another chalkboard wall had absolutely everything stuck to it in a rectangular collage, including photos in frames and pages ripped out of magazines taped underneath chalk drawings.

I quickly came to the conclusion that I needed a chalkboard wall and did a search to find out where to get the paint. (Everywhere.) I already had the painter—Alex Anderson, who had been to our house to assess the extent of our spring tune-up—who was scheduled to begin working on the second floor bedrooms in a few days.

I gave brief consideration to the kitchen idea but I don’t have much wall space in the kitchen. Given that I never start grocery lists, avoid shopping whenever possible and rarely cook, there was no need to have a chalkboard wall there. But I do have a big empty wall—once I removed a picture —with one electrical outlet on it that I don’t really need. That chalkboard wall would be easy to reach for people who are only 2-3 feet tall. And the wall is handy to built-in shelves where I could stockpile chalk and an eraser or two. So Alex put another task on his to-do list and my husband Jeff made another trip to Menard’s. He came back with the Rust-oleum version of blackboard paint in a smallish can. Although the wall took three coats, there was still paint left.

The helpful paint seller told Jeff that the wall would need three days to dry, but we ended up giving it an extra day anyway. I was lucky enough that a situation developed where the first people to draw on the chalkboard happened to be professional artists and designers. So now there is a wall with an overstuffed chair, a window with curtains, and a table with flowers and a simple floor plan on the chalkboard.

I still have to get an eraser, but I keep forgetting because there is nothing on the chalkboard that I want to erase yet. But 2-3 foot tall people have shorter attention spans than I do.

You can follow my Pinterest board by friending me on Facebook or just go find me on Pinterest yourself. Or look for chalkboard walls and you’ll see the walls I’ve pinned and my own wall. If you think you should have a chalkboard wall, you are probably right.

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