Tuesday, January 4, 2011

The Kitchen Addition

In our first post about the kitchen we finally ended up with a fun kitchen with stripes. It's basically a Martha Stewart colored kitchen, which is a million times better than the yellow we tried. However, my lovely wife was getting ideas of doing more to the kitchen. The first idea came from all the grocery lists and honey do lists that she was writing. All these lists were wasting paper, so we thought we needed a chalkboard. However, our kitchen can hold about two people, so a full size chalkboard wasn't going to work. She suggested getting chalkboard paint and I thought that was a great idea. Of course, I didn't think the paint actually existed, but a quick trip to Lowe's and less than $15 later we had a small can of chalkboard paint. The project took about 1 hour.

We decided that our chalkboard would go on the small wall on the left in the picture shown above. This was really the only place for us to put the chalkboard and thankfully was the best possible place to have it!

Step 1: Tape off the area you want the chalkboard to be. We recommend using blue painter's tape and a level to make sure everything is lined up correctly.

Step 2: Paint away! The people at Lowe's recommend several coats. We got away with about two coats.

Step 3: Peel away the tape and touch up any areas where the paint seeped under the tape (happens on our walls a lot because they are textured)

Step 4: Frame it. We decided to do one piece of molding on the bottom to finish the chalkboard and give us a chalk holder. The best part is if you measure before you go to the store you can cut your piece of molding at the store and only buy the amount of molding you need.

This project was really easy and helped complete the kitchen. The other change that was made on the opposite wall. The clock on the big wall was just not giving the kitchen a finished look,

so my wife ordered pictures from our photographer Bre Thurston (who was awesome and we highly recommend her!). We also found three white frames on sale at target to frame the pictures and this is what we got.

So with the chalkboard and the new pictures our kitchen is finally done. At least that is what my wife tells me.

*A note from Mindy--I do not tell him that it is finally done.  I think I would like to increase the size of the chalkboard, say to...a full wall?  Let's do a little Photoshop (ok, Microsoft Paint) project and see how it would look!


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