I love chalkboard paint. I’ve used it on a door, a wall and I know someone that used it on their dishwasher. It’s fun, it’s neat looking when decorated, or not, and it’s a great coverup for ugly surfaces. My product of choice, because it’s all I’ve ever used or needed to use, is the Rustoleum Chalkboard Paint. The stuff is super easy to paint on and it’s tough.
The first chalkboard paint project was on a door, and that project has lasted at least 10 years with no signs of wear. I first rolled the door with the white seen here. I then used painter’s tape to make a boundary box and rolled the inside with the chalkboard paint. It has been used as a message board, a learning board, a grocery-list board, a todo list board, etc.
In 2014 the kitchen went through a makeover of sorts. I Encored the green, laminate countertops in a soapstone like surface, put dark gray knobs on the natural hickory cabinets and removed a few cabinets and put up open shelves. I also replaced the white appliances with stainless.
When we built the house we ordered nice hickory laminate pieces to go on the cabinet endcaps or sides. But for some reason they were never installed. So I had big, ugly, fake cabinet walls that I had always hated still glaring at me after the rest of the kitchen looked a little better.
What to do, what to do.
I had the laminate pieces, but after living in the unfinished basement, they had some water damage on the bottom edges. So getting them back into shape was questionable. Plus that was going to be a lot of hickoryness in a really small kitchen space. To me hickory is pretty but only in small doses.
Despite there already being a lot of black in the small space, I decided to chance that more would be okay. Since I had the laminate pieces, I painted one of those instead of painting directly on the cabinet wall. That way if I hated it, it could be removed.
I didn’t adhere the laminate initially, but let it hang/sit in the space for a while to make sure it was going to work.
I love it.
This is such an easy and inexpensive project and it can really add some character to a room and/or help cover up ugly stuff.
We would love to hear from others about their chalkboard paint projects.
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