Monday, July 29, 2013
The Illustrated Kitchen Wall
Are you ready for this? I'm about to BLOW.YOUR.MIND.
There is this paint that you can buy that turns any surface in your house into a CHALKBOARD.
Okay. I suppose at this point talking about how overdone chalkboard walls are is pretty much as overdone as chalkboard walls themselves.
But what about talking about talking about how overdone chalkboard walls are?!
See? Right? I just blew your mind, didn't I?
So I mentioned wanting to make a chalkboard wall in this awkward little corner of the kitchen back in the plans/goals post at the end of last year:
Maybe now you're all, "hey! you were just talking about wanting to move that refrigerator! So why are you wasting all this time chalkboard walling?! Huh? Why?" Well. When that happens I think we will keep the lovely chalkboard wall and frame it out somehow. With wood. It will be nice.
I used Rustoleum chalkboard paint. I primed it and then put on five coats (yes! five!) and it still only took around half the quart.
One coat in, it looked like this:
It took a couple of days because each coat was supposed to dry for four hours before recoating. I used a little smooth roller and kept it in the fridge, wrapped in plastic wrap, between coats:
After the fifth coat, we let it set for 4 days, because this is what Rustoleum told us to do. Then we primed it by covering it with chalk and wiping it off, because this is what all the other blogs told us to do:
Then I referenced art and took pictures:
The kids descended on it immediately:
Within an hour it looked like this:
And within a day it looked like this:
So that's kind of fun. Then yesterday we had a three year old over, so I went to erase everything so he could draw on it, and realized from the kids' (mostly Gus and Ari) angry protests, that they wanted to keep the wall just how it was FOREVER. I felt this was impractical and silly. So we're still negotiating on this point.
Here's what the awkward corner looks like now:
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