2.08.2010

The Chalkboard...at last~

Remember my big bare kitchen wall? Pretty in this photo...but lacking something in reality?



Here's what it looks like today. My chalkboard is finally complete!





Want to see how it came to be? Check out the slideshow below! (Yeah, we're wearing Sunday clothes in these photos...the paint instructions say to wait three days after painting before seasoning the board...that made it Sunday...the kiddos were so excited, we set to work as soon as we walked in the door from church.)
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Here's the cost breakdown  (prices are rounded up)...
  • 4'x4' underlayment.................................................. $6
  • Chalkboard paint..................................................... free (had from previous project) but only costs about $12 per quart anyway.
  • 1 Quart Black Satin Paint....................................... $10
  • 1x3's.......................................................................... $12 (we had some on hand, but had to buy a little extra.)
  • wood glue.................................................................. free (already had)
  • nails............................................................................ $3
Grand total........................................................................... $31
 I'd say that's a pretty good deal! And just the statement piece I was looking for in this space.

Thanks to the Hubby for helping me with this project!!
Have a great day~

43 comments:

P@nmyfreetime.blogspot.com said...

very nice and very similar... in fact your version is better!

many blessings
patricia

jociegal said...

LOOOOOVE the chalkboard in the kitchen and it is something I have been planning on doing - perhaps this was my push! Thank you!!!

58 Cherries said...

Cute project. Homemade chalkboards are always being done on HGTV, but I never think to do one myself.

By the way - just fyi to you and your readers - a little Valentine's Day Giveaway on my blog - just because.

Just in case anyone is interested.

Its So Very Cheri said...

It looks fabulous. You did a great job.

Be sure to post to one of my parties,

Cheri

Red Door Home said...

You did a wonderful job. I have made a smaller version using a vintage frame but have always wanted to make a larger one for a wall.

carolyn mills designs said...

Love it! It is perfect on that wall!

Mrs. S. said...

Hmm...that looks like a great project for around my house. I love the idea of using it as a menu! Mr. S. and I may need to talk about making this happen!

Laura said...

love it! amazing job!

Suzanne said...

Ooh...I love chalkboards! Yours is fabulous. Do you mind if I ask what color your walls are painted?

Brandie said...

Very nice.

We did something similar on the back of our kitchen door. Nice to have a reminder of what you need to get/what activities are going on as you walk out!

Pam said...

That looks awesome! I like it better than PB's, too. Do you think you could share how you attached the frame to the chalkboard? This is something I'd like to do in our home. Thanks!

lindsey@junkstyle said...

Love it! Love all things chalkboard! I just converted an old window to a weekly planner and I'm happy with how that turned out, too! You just can't go wrong with chalkboard paint :)

Kim said...

Of course, it's darling - gotta love kids' enthusiasm. I am loving the wall behind it. Is it a taupe with a glaze?

KolentynePoppy said...

I like yours better than the one at PB!

You've got me thinking now about some large old frames I have!!

Thanks for posting all the pics!

~Kolein

One Cheap B*tch said...

Love it! Great job - I want one too!

Kristi said...

Oh it's so cute! I re-did a small room off our living room into a playroom this summer and painted the bottom half of one whole wall with first magnetic paint (didn't work so well, may be re-doing it with more coats of magnet paint) then chalkboard paint over it. Of course it was AFTER I did the chalkboard that I found Martha Stewarts instructions on how to make custom colored chalkboard paint :-/ oh well! Love the kitchen chalk boards and will probably do it on a separate underlayment board like yours for the kitchen one :)
Thanks for sharing!!

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

With those natural born artists in the house, how long did the menu last?
Love it!

rebecca said...

I like your cb better than PB's too. It's a great size for the wall.

The Chubby Dove said...

Your chalkboard rocks and your little "seasoners" are adorable!

So happy it's all done now. Enjoy!

1 Funky Woman said...

Luv it! How cute that the kids got into it!

Heidi@TheCraftMonkey said...

It looks really great!!!

MamaBug said...

So cool! It will be loverly when my hubby has enough time that I could consider asking him to build me something like that. :)

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I love it! What a nice size, too!

Wendy said...

LOVE IT! It turned out beautiful! ツ

paige said...

looks great wendy!!!

Grace @ Ruby Moon Designs said...

Very nice! And so much better since you made it yourself and saved a lot of $$! Way to go!

Blessings, Grace

frillsfluffandtrucks said...

Nicely done!

~ Sarah

Shannon said...

It looks so good! I love the size and the frame. Loved all the pictures too. :)

Richella said...

The perfect statement piece, I'd say! Congratulations on having it work out so well!

Katie said...

So beautiful and I love the slideshow you did! What a great memory!

BabiesandBargains said...

I did one of these as well...I feel so much better knowing I didnt pay 100 for mine! Great job!!

Jessi said...

Very nice! And indeed a much better deal than the PB one. Thanks for sharing!

Ruth said...

Love how the chalkboard turned out. Looks fabulous!!

Ruth

Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage said...

Nice job! I am on the lookout for chalkboard inspiration. I have yet to find the perfect one for me!

Momma to Bug n' Bear said...

It's perfect! You should screw tin cans in the wall below it to hold the chalk! That would look amazing. I am SO SORRY to hear about your brother.

-Desiree

Anny said...

This is lovely :)

Jen Sue Wild said...

too fun!!!

Jessica said...

looks like a chalkboard was just destined to be there!

gorgeous, thanks for sharing :)

ClassiclyAmber said...

WOWZA!! This is EXCELLENT work!! I love to watch inspired people make stuff from PB catalogs and the like. You did a fabulous job!

a fan of anything chocolate said...

I am always drawn to anything chalkboard and have seen the ones in the PB catalog. Yours came out great! I didn't know chalkboards had to be seasoned... I have become a follower of your blog and would love to have you follow mine!
Good luck in the contest!!

Beth@The Stories of A2Z said...

I missed this post when you originally posted so I'm glad you linked up! It looks great and definitely beats the price of the PB one! Do you still use it?

Destination Seaborn said...

Nothing better than a good PB knock-off. I love it and your beautiful handwriting is perfect! Coming over from Beth's. Lisa

The4Rs said...

Love your idea, perfect for a Fathers' Day themed linky party, come visit this week at http://the4rsRamblings.blogspot.com, and post in my Reap What You Sew linky party, (it is not just for sewers, of course!)
Thanks!