DMS is a big fan of chalkboard paint. (Check it out here!). When we moved into our old house there were two very big and uninspiring walls in the kitchen, covered with bland yellow. We didn’t know what else to do with them, so we thought we’d make them our chalkboards. It’s turned into a favorite part of the house.
We found a great deep red chalkboard paint (official color name: Garnet) that went well with a dark brown we were using for other walls and accents. You can get tintable chalkboard paint at Home Depot; they have 12 colors! They also have pre-mixed "chalkboard black" and “chalkboard green” paint!
It took 2 – 3 layers to really get the color on there (we didn’t use a primer, and you also want the color/paint to be thick so the chalk works well on it).
Around the same time we went to Ikea for some other things and while we were poking around we found a couple of great items for the chalk wall: a great set of colored chalks. But just as cool, we found a mini-rack system with a wall-mounting rack that came with three silver pots/buckets with hangers to hook them over said rack. Not only did the silver go with some other things we had (mirrored furniture and the silver balls) but they looked great against the dark red of our chalkboard wall. And they’re a great storage spot for the chalk, and eraser, and a few other handy items.
The chalkboard wall is one of my favorite and most used parts of the house. We use it all the time. We keep a running shopping list on it. I also have a list of projects I’m working on (or want to), and DMS writes out quotes or phrases she hears and wants to remember. We also draw pictures and leave messages for each other.
Recently we’ve been using it to track goals: how many pounds we’ve lost on our diet; how many weeks I’ve gone without beer.
No matter where else I live in my life, I’ll definitely want to have a chalkboard wall. So much fun!