Did you know that it is ridiculously easy to make your own chalkboard paint?? All you need is 2 tablespoons of unsanded grout for every cup of paint.
Mix them together & voila! You have chalkboard paint. Which kind of looks a lot like sludge if I do say so myself.
Thank you, Centsational Girl & Martha Stewart for gifting me with a cheap and addictive decor-related substance. That's just what I needed.
Sure, I could have bought a can of chalkboard paint from Lowes for $15... but if I had an entire can of chalkboard paint, I would probably try to chalkboard-ify everything in my house just to use it up.
Instead, since I already had some leftover black paint at home, I bought the smallest quantity of unsanded grout I could find for $4. Now, I can take any color paint and make it into chalkboard paint. Hmm. The teacher in me has a sneaking suspicion that everything in my house just might end up chalkboard-ified after all... Just not in black.
Starting with the under the stairs closet door in the kitchen. Here's the before:
And here's the after:
Did I mention that I'm in the process of redecorating the whole kitchen? Because I am. Consider this a sneak peek until I finally finish the counters, curtains, and shelving.
I debated going with green chalkboard instead of black, but with the black kitchen appliances and my collection of cast iron pans, black ultimately won out. I think it was the right decision. Thanks, Sarah, for giving me a friendly shove in that direction!
Now I have a list writing center. In plain view. Where I'm less likely to ignore it. Probably.
Look at all that space for lists! Ridiculously long, unreasonable, unobtainable lists, here I come!
Unable to stop with the closet door, I turned my attention to my poor, sad, stained, off white, kitchen door...
A couple of weekends ago, my sister-in-law Sarah (of Five Camels) and I were sitting in the kitchen discussing decor plans, when Sarah turned to me and said:
Sarah: Do you know what that door needs?
Sarah: Chalkboard panels.
Me: HECK YEAH! Genius!
We don't get along at all. ;)
Fast forward a few weeks and the door looks like this:
(Sarah - I totally copied your above door Palm Sunday palm display... because I really liked it!)
The door will probably end up being Joseph's "list writing" center. You know. For all those lists 2 year olds like to
(Think Apu Nahasapeemapetilo from The Simpsons)
Wasn't that fun??
Now. I need someone to physically restrain me before I give in to further temptation...
Mmm. Chalkboard paint. The new Meth. Right, Sarah? ;)