The plan is to eventually paint the kitchen island black and the other cabinets white. (It sounds strange, but I’ve seen other kitchens with dark islands/light cabinets and loved it.) I think it’s best to replace our counters before painting, but I wanted to have a little fun while I waited for “someday”. Here’s the island before:
(No surprise that our 23 pound cat is eating again.)
I primed the back first with Zinsser’s Cover Stain Primer, which doesn’t require sanding of glossy surfaces. I swear, I can almost hear angels sing when I get out of sanding something. Then I layered on a gray primer, just because I already had it and figured it couldn’t hurt when going to such a dark color. (Phone pic here, sorry.)
After three coats of chalkboard paint, and then patiently waiting three days as per the paint can’s directions, I rubbed a piece of chalk all over the paint, then “erased” it to give the entire thing a little coat of chalk dust. This looks so wrong at first, messing up that perfect black finish.
I do think we’re going to have a lot of fun with this. I imagine it as a place to leave messages that we can’t miss, since we usually enter through the garage into the kitchen. Or a new way to decorate for the holidays or express ourselves for important events or just everyday life. It’s a part of the house that is capable of changing any time we feel the urge.
When I tried to think of a few words it might want to start off with, all I had was:
Bonus points if you understand. :)
Do I get a prize for recognizing Dumbledore’s “few words?”
You know, I think you DO deserve a prize! Send me your address, I’ll send you a little something. :)
Love this! My last listing had a chalkboard wall in the kitchen – people loved it! Could be fun for the family to be creative.
Elaine, I actually had the thought, “But what about when we sell the house?” And then I realized that’s when I’ll leave out a bucket of chalk and hope everyone wants the house they got to play in. :)
When you sell the house and leave the chalk out there.. you may find that the buyers write the offer on the chalk board! Cute idea! I’m going to steal it!
Now THAT would be fun! :) Please steal the idea and show me how it turns out for you!
What a darling idea. I just love the chalkboard look in the kitchen.
Thanks, Paula Jo! We’re having a lot of fun with it, and everyone always checks to see if there’s something new.
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