Thursday, November 11, 2010

Chalkboard Wall Take Three

After much thought the other morning, I decided to go for it and put the second coat of chalkboard paint on the kitchen wall. I really didn't give it a chance and the first coat was already done...so I went for it.


I kept the framed chalkboard up for our ever changing lists and notes.


It really is dramatic don't you think? I had quite a few great comments that suggested leaving a big rectangle of chalkboard and paint the rest the original color. I like that idea and you never know I might end up doing that after the holidays.


Remember the plates I found at an estate sale over the summer? Well they finally found a home above the cabinets with a couple ironstone pitchers. I only had two dinner plates and needed a third so I glued one of the little ones onto a platter I found at Target.


 We use this little dell computer to drive all of our music wirelessly. This is my husband's baby; he loaded over thirteen hundred CDs and has plans to load all of our albums too. This will allow us to use our "Music Room" for actual storage since it really is just a closet, but that's a story for another day.

We're really looking forward to decorating our new wall for the holidays.

34 comments:

  1. I'll be interested to see if the whole wall grows on you after living with it for sometime. You know how that can happen?! :) x

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  2. It looks fabulous! I'm so glad you didn't paint over it, have FUN with it!

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  3. I really like the idea of framing a section of the wall with a big, chunky trim and painting the rest of the wall around it back to a different colour. A long, slender one that almost goes floor to ceiling might look kind of cool, kinda restaurant, menu-board style.

    They other way looks cool, too. Just another idea to throw your way... :)

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  4. my daughter's got the chalk board wall in her room. i love it. it's dramatic and fun all in one!

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  5. I just finished reading all your chalkboard posts. Good for you for going for it! I like how it looks once I saw the wider picture shot. Your living room gets quite a bit of light, so I don't think it's too dark. With your husband's creativity, I bet he does something awesome for the holidays.

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  6. I think it looks fantastic! I love the frame too. I have been wanting to do that very thing. I just haven't run across the right frame yet.
    xx

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  7. I LOVE your wall!
    You should keep it, really it looks great;)
    Lovely greetings...

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  8. I too think you will grow to love it, and I think it will evolve over time. The white touches above the cabinets help add some brightness back.

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  9. The white really does ing out against the chalk paint, doesn't it. I like it!

    Thirteen hundred cds? Wow! That must have taken all year!

    I really need to get round to doing that with ours. I've got all the technolgy set up now so I have no excuse!!

    Sarahx

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  10. I think it looks pretty neat. Im sure it's taking some time to get used to but it's def. a fun idea! :)

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  11. I was picking up where I left off the other day on your blog and was wondering how you would like framing a large section of the wall on the left and leaving the chalkboard paint. Now I see that you went ahead with the second coat. From the looks of it, you are already having fun with it. Maybe it is just the initial shock of going black. I had the same reaction when I painted the bathroom black.

    Have a great weekend!
    Rene

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  12. Londen,

    I am so glad you didn't paint over it!!! I saw your post late and didn't want to put my two cents in after the fact. I love the contrast and hanging the chalkboard on the chalkboards is a great idea! Have a great weekend.

    Best wishes,
    Tammy

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  13. I love how it looks now! The layered chalkboard and your dishes breaks it up a bit, makes it look not as imposing. Can't wait to see how you decorate it for the holidays - it literally is a blank slate ;)

    Have a great weekend!

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  14. I really like! I am glad that you are giving it another chance! I bet your come up with all kinds of cool things for the holidays! :)

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  15. Wow, I didn't realize there were cabinets you painted around--that must have been a chore! I can't wait to see what you all do with it over the holiday's!

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  16. Londen! The wall looks fantastic!! and I spy the little basket, so glad you are still getting use out of it. Have a lovely weekend~

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  17. I think it looks great. If your worried it is still too dark, start writing on it to see if all the white chalk will make it look less dark. You could also try "treating" the paint like they tell you to do with new chalkboards. It gives it that hazy look which might brighten it up!

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  18. It looks great, I'm glad you're giving it some time to grow on you.

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  19. I'm so glad to see you decided to keep it for the time being! I think it will end up growing on you :) It really is striking against your white cabinetry. Hope we get to see the fun holiday drawings on it!

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  20. I love it and am glad you are giving it a go!

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  21. I just did an entire wall in my kitchen too! I LOVE it! So dramatic! I say leave the wall the way it is! Love the blog! Following along now ;)

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  22. I think it looks sooo cool! Last year I painted my kitchen apple green, knowing I was kinda on the fence. I gave it one year. Finally i knew it stressed me out and back it went to a gorgeous linen color. But I had to do it first! Live w/ it for a while, you'll know!

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  23. Love it Londen!!! I can't wait to see Mr. 65th's reindeer! :)

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  24. I love it! In this picture, you capture some of the ceiling, too, and the lightness from the ceiling really brightens it up. It looks awesome! Can't wait to see it chalked up! Do you have smooth walls or what do you do about texture on the walls if you want to do chalkboard paint?

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  25. It looks GREAT. Well done london, it's very special!

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  26. I have always wanted to do a large chalkboard wall. I think you did a great job! I love the quote too.

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  27. I think it looks fantastic...it's edgy without being over the top! I say keep it...it looks great with the white cabinets too!

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  28. Love the chalkboard wall. I would do that if I had a wall to use and had small kids.

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  29. This is incredible...I LOVE the contrast, and am eyeing my kitchen right now- it's 11:30 p.m., and I should be in bed. Where or where could I pull this off?? I don't have a big expanse like yours. Truly, it is amazing, and the frog tape, wow. I tried this in the play house with the blue tape, and it's a little whispy around the edges. I love the trimmed off focal point too!!

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  30. YAY- it looks awesome! I read today's post about chalking it up first so it's easier to erase in the future and boy do I wish I'd known that tip when I painted my powder bathroom wall.
    Great job Londen~ it looks fabulous and I'm sure you're having such fun with it.
    Hugs~
    T

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  31. Well, I just lOVE this. But , what I really want to know is where you got your rug that is in the living room. It is so cute!

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