I know it’s super trendy but I really wanted a chalkboard in our kitchen. I like the idea of having a central place for us to share information like what’s on the menu for the week, our to do list and important dates coming up.
We bought some chalkboard paint at Lowe’s and the original plan was to paint the side of the pantry. It seemed a little risky, so we went back to the drawing board. Micah had suggested returning the paint and buying a premade vinyl chalkboard sticker from Etsy. I liked the idea, but what if we messed up and the sticker stuck together? We might not be able to salvage it. I decided to give it shot and try making our own vinyl chalkboard sticker.
A few weeks back, I bought a $1 roll of Martha Stewart contact paper to use in the linen closet. I had tons of leftovers, so I decided to use it for the chalkboard.
First I removed the backing off the contact paper and slowly applied it to the pantry.
Then I applied a light coat of the chalkboard paint. I thought about priming but then realize we were out of primer and I was to anxious to start my project to wait to buy some.
It turned out OK without primer. I ended up giving it another coat and doing a little touch up. Using a little $1 artist paintbrush, I touched up the sides and edges.
I had a few boo boos to fix.
I cut the bottom to finish it but I’m not entirely sure I like it. I just needed to finish it some way.
I’m thinking of getting some molding and gluing it to the bottom of the chalkboard to cover up the waves and use as a chalk ledge.
This project was fairly easy, cheap and flexible. I think the total cost was about $16. About $14 for the paint (which I still have TONS of), $1 for the contact paper and $1 for a set of cheap paintbrushes for touch-up. I really like that this isn’t permanent. If we get tired of the chalkboard, we can peel away the contact paper, clean off the stick residue and we’re done. Easy.
We’re already using the chalkboard…
I hope he updated this. I will now be home in 23 days.