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Chalkboards are popping up everywhere. They are a great way to add a touch of personalization into whatever living space you deem appropriate. We recently got on the kitchen chalkboard bandwagon and just wanted to share how incredibly easy this do-it-yourself project truly is. Two steps, but the chalkboard paint and paint it on. That simple. I'll lay out a brief tutorial below in case there are any questions at all. But if you're still skeptical, feel free to email us at: [email protected]
Here's the before view, above. I made sure the side of our cabinet was nice and clean and free of dust to start with. I decided that my hand was steady enough for freehand the painting part, but I suggest using painter's tape because hindsight 20/20!
Here's the Valspar Chalkboard paint we opted for from Lowe's for $12.98, above.
Truthfully, it was a bit shocking after the first coat went on. I did a total of three coats and let each one dry completely before reapplying the next coat. I'm just so used to seeing all bright white and bam...now there's some black. I love that it's in a rather inconspicuous place and even when glancing into the kitchen you don't see it. This is actually the first cabinet the hubby and I see when we come out of our master bedroom so I knew it would be the perfect place for an inspirational area. That's what we're using it for...a weekly quote or verse that we adore!
Here's the view from the other side. We have black accents in our kitchen so it plays nicely off of those. Hubby hasn't picked up in chalk just yet but he is really enjoying all the inspirational words I've put up there so far. But...it hasn't all been deep and thought-provoking. Read on!
Above, obviously it was St. Patty's Day and this is what CC Hubby came home to. He laughed pretty hard and it was totally worth it just to see that smile!
Lastly, here's how the chalkboard looks now. I love how it compliments the new black and white images we enlarged and hung as a pseudo border above our cabinetry. No matter what, it brings a sense of creative spirit, personalization and a means of expression here in the Kitchen de CasaCullen. Plus, we have to much leftover chalkboard paint so I'll be able to get another project out of this can. Also, CC Hubby plans to make a small wooden sign that will hang at the top of the chalkboard. I think I have to remind him about that project. And you can count on the fact that I'll re-post his sign making handiwork too.
Cost breakdown for this DIY project:
Valspar Chalkboard Paint from Lowe's - $12.98
Chalk from Dollar Tree - $1
Paintbrush - already owned
Painter's tape - should've used
TOTAL COST of Adding a Chalkboard to our Kitchen Cabinet = $13.98
I've also rounded up some fantastic chalkboard ideas for you below. I love so many of them and might just add those adorable glass jars from World Market into our newly organized pantry. Also, I'm toying with the idea of purchasing three Rococo wall decals for a chic guest bedroom headboard. Enjoy and get to shopping for that special, chic chalkboard accent pronto!
(Click Thumbnails to be Directed by ShopStyle for Info & to Buy!)Take a second and breeze through more of our DIY projects that we've tackled recently. We can promise you one thing, they are all relatively easy: stylishly display your children's artwork, re-purpose/re-paint a glass and wooden table lamp, how to repaint and reupholster stools, make your own butcher block island, easily frame fabric for chic wall art, frame your love letters, create an art wall background, paint your terra cotta pots or planters and lastly...redesign your master bath with white paint and nickel hardware.
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