Winter Fun – Make a Chalkboard Wall

Winter Fun – Make a Chalkboard Wall

by Rita Davidson

Yes, it’s still winter here in Canada! And NO we don’t live in igloos! ๐Ÿ™‚ But winter sure feels longer once February is gone and the fun of snow gets really old (even for me!)

So I’ve been toying with the idea of making a chalkboard wall in this kitchen wall. We’ve only been here since November. For those that haven’t followed our story, this home comes after we lost our home in a house fire, and spent 18 months of being homeless and living in a trailer so very thankful!

With our limited funds we still have unpacked rooms, needing bookcases and furniture. It’s been a long journey that I hope to share in my upcoming, “Breadcrumbs for God” book. But the kitchen entry, well it was just begging for something? Anything!

So, I picked up some chalkboard paint from Walmart. (yup Walmart) and here is what we came up with! ๐Ÿ™‚

2015-02-24 21_optMy wall in my kitchen a lonely and perfect white. Liam and Joseph are wondering what this will look like “‘black’ momee?”

2015-02-28 11_optFast forward, I neglected to get a picture of us painting it, but it took a whole 3 days to paint and wait, and paint and wait. Here is Liam now conditioning the board. Oh he couldn’t wait to help! ๐Ÿ™‚

2015-02-28 11_opt-1The whole board covered. I almost missed all that black now all gray! ๐Ÿ™‚ I had to go over it twice to really get every little corner. Good arm workout moms! ๐Ÿ™‚

2015-02-28 11_opt-3Liam gets the fun rubbing IN all the chalk! Oh the dust, be prepared with a vacuum! I might regret this idea after a while with non-stop chalk dust everywhere!

2015-02-28 09_optI added a bit of my artsy background, spring here to brighten it up. Oh can you just hear the birds? ๐Ÿ™‚

2015-02-28 11_opt-2But Liam’s smile made this all worthwhile! ๐Ÿ™‚

All total this project was about $20. – Yay for cheap! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Chalkboard paint – $16 (Walmart or in the craft section of any department or craft store)
  • Small foam roller – $1 – (dollarstore, we learned the hard way that rollers work better than brushes, believe me)
  • Masking tape – $1 (dollarstore or in your junk drawer)
  • Chalk- $1 (dollarstore or on your school shelf)

Instructions:

  • 1. If your wall is glossy, sand it lightly. We didn’t.
  • 2. Prepare it by masking off all around where you do not want to see black paint.
  • 3. Read your instructions, but start rolling a thin layer, then wait an hour and roll on another layer. We didn’t use that roller (that I warned you about above) so we had to wait 24 hours and do another layer with the roller to even it out.ย  I told you so. ๐Ÿ™‚
  • 4. After a full 24 hours drying, rub the flat side of chalk, all over the board, first up, then down, then zig zag. The idea is to cover it in every direction so it is really covered. This helps to condition your board, and later when you wash it you will have to condition it like this again. (I’m guessing)
  • 5. After it’s been covered with chalk, then get a rag and (let your kids wear themselves out) rub in circles so your rubbing all the chalk into the pores of the board.
  • 6. Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

Hope this brightens up your winter day! And if you already have spring, I hope it gives you something to do to beautify your home!

Have you done this? Maybe a smaller version? How does your family like it? Share with me if you are going to try this or if you did?! I’d love to see your creations!

With love,

Rita Xo ๐Ÿ™‚

ยฉCopyright 2015 Rita Davidsonย  Little Flowers Family Pressย  All Rights Reserved.

IMG_0905Rita is a Catholic wife, and mother of seven, with three autistic boys. Currently a writer, & published author, she is a former hairdresser, professional make up artist with a degree in Natural Health. She is now a Young Living Distributor. After overcoming a stroke, disabilities, and more, they recently lost everything in a devastating house fire that made them homeless for six months. She is determined to lead souls back to Christ by carrying their crosses with Joy!

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