Chalkboard Kitchen Island


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:

Kitchen 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.)

Primed Kitchen Island (iPhone Pic)

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.

Chalkboard Paint on Kitchen Island

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:

Chalkboard Paint, Kitchen Island

Bonus points if you understand.  :)

Chalkboard Flower Pots

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Happy Cilantro

Transforming a plain terracotta flower pot using a little tape/primer/chalkboard paint makes for a very happy little cilantro!  I think I’ll use a few more chalkboard pots so that I can label my little seedlings, then change the look of their pots as they grow more recognizable.

It might be more fun with the entire pot painted, don’t you think?  And just imagine how kids would love to start their own seeds, then scribble words of encouragement to their tiny plants as they grow!  It might be fun to line a walkway before a party with congratulations and words of welcome hidden among beautiful blooms.

As it is, I’m going to leave my happy little cilantro and a piece of chalk in the kitchen window and wait to see what it becomes next.