Saturday, April 7, 2012

A Blackboard Paint(ed) wall

I recently surprised one of my daughters by transforming an unoccupied bedroom upstairs into her room.
I wanted to smooth the surface of one wall in the room and paint it with chalkboard paint.  I created a framed chalkboard-area on a portion of one of my kitchen walls and we have had a lot of fun with it:

I really like darker colors in my own bedroom, which is a deep chocolate brown.  With this in mind, I chose a deep gray color for the two end walls, and a grayed-down magenta for the wall opposite the chalkboard.  I was gambling on the colors, but I wanted the move to be a surprise (she was coming home for a visit) and I figure, what the heck:  it's only paint.
The desk is a project we worked on together quite a number of years ago.
I love how it looks in this room!

Here is a portion of the chalkboard wall, with her fake headboard hastily drawn by me.
I hung a utility clamp light on the top of a vintage IV pole.

She was happily surprised with the new digs.  Yay!

One little tip about chalkboard-painted walls:  wait 72 hours before you apply chalk, then "prime" the wall by rubbing the side of a piece of chalk over the surface and "erasing" prior to drawing sharper lines on the wall.  This makes the wall easier to clean.  You can see I was doing this just prior to adding the headboard!



6 comments:

  1. How much fun! I can't imagine that she wouldn't love it. Is she the one who did the chalk of your dog? It is quite fabulous?

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  2. She is the one who did the dog portrait. I love it so much that I have left it in place!

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  3. Lovely work on wall paint! I’m definitely going to visit the blog frequently.

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  4. LOVE this room! So awesome... the paint is perfect!

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  5. It's great to collect paint chips when planning a room, but hold off making final choices until you've developed an overall room scheme.

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