Our kitchen chalkboard wall!

6 November 2013

Wowee! Thanks for all your thoughts on our Christmas cards! I haven’t tallied up the opinions yet, but we appear to be almost evenly split between the five designs :)

In other news, you may recall that one of my September goals was to paint a chalkboard wall in our kitchen. John was actually not pleased when he saw this goal, because he was not yet on board with the idea of a chalkboard wall at all. However, we discussed, and realized that his hesitation was not about the wall itself, but about whether it would a) take a long time to execute and/or b) require his manual labor. Once I assured him that neither of those concerns were warranted, he was on board :)


I loved the idea of a chalkboard wall because I loved the idea of an easily-switched-out art installation in a casual part of our home. I wanted somewhere to practice my lettering, to record our weekly menu, to count down to exciting events, and to post a weekly scripture verse. The scripture verse has by far been the best part: it takes me so long to write them out that by the time I finish, I’ve memorized them. Committing favorite verses to memory has been something I aspired to but never made happen, so I’m especially thankful for this chalkboard by-product.


One of my favorites! A few thoughts for those of you looking to make your own:

— There are lots of Pinterest DIYs for mixing custom color chalkboard paint. I love these in some applications, but we decided to go with classic black and white.
— Choose your spot carefully. I knew I didn’t want a potentially messy-looking space where it would be part of a guest’s first impression (say, in our foyer), so the little sliver of wall between our kitchen windows and pantry was perfect.
— Be prepared to roll on lots of coats… and then a few more. I think I did five coats in the end. I used a mini foam roller and Valspar paint, both of which I would recommend.

Do y’all have a chalkboard wall? Any verses I should consider for our weekly installation? :) I’m looking forward to choosing favorite hymns/carols in December!

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November 6, 2013 8:46 am

I looooove your lettering, Em!! These always look so great and I love the verse inspiration!

November 6, 2013 8:47 am

Yes! It looks fantastic!

November 6, 2013 9:28 am

I love this so much! And your lettering is excellent – it’s so fun to practice with favorite scriptures. I’ve been wanting to create a chalkboard wall & am looking around for the perfect space for it!

November 6, 2013 10:07 am

We love our chalkboard wall in our kitchen – take a look! http://ourfamilyroost.com/diy-our-chalkboard-wall/

November 6, 2013 1:50 pm

This looks awesome! I have the same fear about it potentially looking too messy. I’m thinking about creating a hangover for the door so that I can remove it if the time arises or move it around for depending on the situation!

November 6, 2013 5:13 pm

Gorgeous results! I saw this on IG about a week ago and loved what you did! (Plus, your writing is so dainty and pretty which makes it even better) We have a pocket door between our formal dining room and kitchen that we always keep closed so my mom and I have been tossing around the idea of painting it as a chalkboard wall and just leaving it open. This definitely has me itching to do it for the holidays!!;-)

Loving Psalms 37 right now, especially verses 3-7!

November 7, 2013 3:05 pm

Em, I LOVE this. (And I love John’s comments… ‘erm, do I have to do anything?’).

November 11, 2013 8:42 am

I have a verse suggestion! 1 Peter 4:8 – “Above all, love each other deeply, for love covers a multitude of sins”. :)

November 11, 2013 3:38 pm

Well done — how about posting John a different love note everyday? or the two of you alternating?

Did you pick the Minted winner?

November 30, 2013 6:10 am

I know I’m late commenting (new baby makes keeping up with my favourite blogs a little hard ;) )

We also just finished a chalkboard wall in our kitchen…but it’s a little bigger. I wanted a space where I could do seasonal murals.

I uploaded the picture of my kitchen onto pinterest, if you’d like to see it! We used the Rust-Oleum tintable chalkboard paint in the colour “Moonstone” which is a grey instead of a black. Once it’s primed with chalk, it has the look of a soapstone countertop. I really love it.