Sunday, September 7, 2008

Kitchen Wall- Before and After (chalkboard paint)

This wall needed something. It is the wall in the kitchen with the pantry....facing the side door to outside and facing the washer/dryer closet. It had a whitish wallpaper on the top and bottom of the chair rail.

BEFORE....


BEFORE....


First step- rip off the wallpaper- the top came off pretty easy, the bottom part of the wall was a challenge. About half of the wallpaper was not coming off- even when I used Diff.

Here the top is getting primed with a magnetic primer. This stuff is heavy! All of the magnetic stuff sinks to the bottom and you have to stir, stir, stir. It didn't work that well even after all of the stirring. I gave up and put about 2 coats on all and then concentrated on the middle section and painted about 6 coats. Even then magnets don't stick that great.


At this point I have NO idea what I am going to do with the bottom part of the wall. (and I am feeling a little more than crazy for starting another new project.....)


Now we have the chalkboard paint on there and I am LOVING it. More than I even thought. SO many possibilities. And I just love how it looks. Who would have thought a black wall would make me so happy!
In an act of DESPERATION, I started to cut pieces of scrapbook paper and tape them to the bottom of the wall.I thought it would be a quick, temporary fix.....now I adore the look and will never take it off!!!

Then I talked to my genius of a friend, Denise, and she suggested that I use wallpaper paste on the back, and maybe decoupage the front. So we will try that and see if it works. In any case, I am happy, happy. I can see doing that to more of the kitchen and maybe as a back splash.



Then I found this shelf at Goodwill, and am in the midst of painting it black. Now, finally, the Mod Podge is on display right where it belongs :)

Jes, notice the cute green bags :) I will have a hard time giving them away!

I was thinking some artsy posters might be cute on that black wall too. Here is somewhere you could go if you wanted to get some kitchen wall art.

31 comments:

Anne said...

WOW! That looks amazing.

Stephanie said...

Love the scapbook paper idea! It really stands out against the chalkboard paint and white trim, great job!! Did the magnets ever stick?

Chrissie Grace said...

okay, can your husband talk to my husband? I love all your bold design choices, but my husband is a little (ok, a lot) more conservative than me when it comes to that. What a fun and functional spot. I am jealous!!
Chrissie Grace
ps I'm serious about a trade, are you on?:)

PRICELESS MEMORIES said...

Looks so fun and cute. Will the magnents stick? I really like the scapbook paper on the bottom. Especially the ones with black. I love black. I spray paint just about everything black! :) Great job once again.

Rachel said...

amazing!! amazing I love it!!!!

you are so much fun!! oh my goodnes i love color too. you are such an inspiration!!! yeah for paint!!!

Lisa said...

It looks amazing! It was fun to see your kindergarten room pics too. Your students were fortunate to have you as their teacher.

trish said...

I LOVE it!!!! It's so you, and it reminds me of our matching skirts =D

Way to go!

joyfullness said...

Sara!!! That is so delicious!!
The black looks amazing!!! and the papper pieces are a work of art!!!
I love my new pieces of art from your shop!! Yeah...the hallway isn't ready yet... may need more art for that,,now that these are being used in the living room...and the kitchen....hmmm...maybe the chalkboard idea would work in the hallway!!!!
i love this idea!!
have a love-fully day!

Jes said...

aaaaaaaaawwwwww! sweet!!! i LOVE your house! i would pay good money for a tour!...(is that weird?!!:)) you have the most joyful, creative mind, and i love that you don't just put off your ideas (like i do) but you actually DO them!! wonderful!...and my bags have never looked so good!! so glad you are enjoying them!

lorraine uk said...

wow, wasnt sure when i saw the first photo.. but by the last thought it was amazing!!
Wish i was artistic..
Have great day.

L;rraine xx

Keri said...

Wow! Just when I think your projects can't get any cooler or creative, they do! Love it!

Donette said...

How is it that your projects look amazing and I'm certain that if I tried them they would be disasterous? Well, it's fun to enjoy your artistic touch. Meanwhile, my house is pretty boring . . .

gypsy@Hebrews11:13 said...

Oh my, Oh VERY my....I love it! You are so brave and creative and talented! The scrapbook paper below the chair rail is gorgeous. I really LOVE IT!

skB said...

that is great SAra! Looks so fun!!!

Jennifer said...

looks great!

Carrie said...

Sara~ You amaze me!!!! What a FUN house!!! Are you ever sad, depressed, lonely??? How could you be in that house? What a JOYFUL home!

gailsgarden said...

Well, Dad isn't real sure but I think it is GREAT!!! We really need to see it in person to give an educated opinion. The scrapbook paper bottom was a stroke of genius! The whole thing probably started when we let you bang up your walls pounding nails for all the stuff you put up! Isn't that just like a mom to take the credit?

Laura D said...

Love the new wall! The scrapbook paper did wonders. I don't think I could make it look that good! It's good to know that the magnetic paint was hard to deal with. I really wanted to paint the side of my new desk with it. You can easily find chalk board paint, even in a spray can, but its hard to find magnetic paint. As Always love your work and your house. You're such an inspirations!

heather said...

oh my goodness! i wanted to do the same thing this weekend on my laundry room door, but chickened out b/c i feared the horrible lines at home depot to get the supplies! (people were preparing for hurricane) i'm so glad you did it. did the magnets eventually stick? is it worth it? b/c that's the main purpose i want for my door rather than just chalkboard. i LOVE how it all turned out. you've got me wanting to try the mod podge next! (i'll probably start w/something small-not a wall! ;)so perfect! i wish i could see it in person!

Sandy said...

You are soooooo inspiring and creatively talented!!! You have been truly blessed with a great God'-given gift! I just received one of your prints (In everything give thanks) and I must say I just love it!!! Your attitude of God's love shines thru everything you share with us.....Thanks!!!
Blessings!!!!
=-D

Dana D said...

That is SO neat! I love it! Won't you please come make my house as HAPPY as yours?!?!

Pam said...

It seems that I am so used to seeing your work that I knew what you were going to do with the bottom of the wall before you revealed it! I KNEW you were going to put bright-colored strips of paper there! I must be psychic, LOL!

The Younges said...

it does look amazing!! I cannot wait to see it in person:) The scrap paper reminds me of a log cabin quilt... great job!

teresa said...

Everytime I visit your blog, I get so inspired! I tried using magnetic paint on an easel in my classroom. It took about 6 coats to get magnets to stick. I won't do that again! On your school post, I love the Hungry Caterpillar on the wall. Eric Carle inspires me with the methods in which he uses to create his illustrations.

Lacy said...

absolutely amazing and genius!!!! I just love it and think your fabulous!

christina said...

wow sara!! you're so awesome! (dave is too) the colors are SO wonderful, I just love how the scrapbook paper stand out juxtaposed to the black wall.

remind me to hire you to decorate my house when i move back to american soil :D

Teresa said...

This wall is amazing! I LOVE it! The scraps at the bottom compliment the black paint so wonderfully!

ko said...

that jus tmight be the coolest spot ever, I so wanna COPY! I bet your kiddos enjoy it! You can get super cool LIQUID CHALK PENS.....WAY LESS MESS!
You are wonderful!
Kyley

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Thanks SO much for letting me know my button wasn't working! Wordpress loves to change quote types-frustrating, but we got it fixed now! Thanks again!

texasknights said...

I am very impressed ! I love it!

Jordan said...

It is so great to see you using the talent God has given you for his will! I pray that all people who come into your home are blessed.
I am 14 years old, and I've always dreamed of the ways to use my own art in my home, so seeing this is just adding to the inspiration.
What a blessing :)