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Mar152007

Chalkboards

I love chalkboards - because they are black, one of my favourite colours, and because they are really handy to have around. You never have to scramble to find a piece of paper when you are on the phone trying to take a message. If you don't have one, you should.

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I had a picture frame from IKEA and the glass broke so I painted the backer board with chalkboard paint and hung it in my kitchen for my grocery lists. Not only does it look great but it saves me from buying multiples at the grocery store...I once had 3 boxes of cornstarch in my cupboard!

15 Mar 2007 | Unregistered CommenterBB

I love the black kitchen. I never would of thought of using chalkboard paint in my black kitchen. Great idea for meals,etc..

15 Mar 2007 | Unregistered Commenterjessie

Great idea bb! And go figure I just threw out an Ikea frame with broken glass :(. It's ok - because I have a huge whiteboard in my kitchen (I prefer writing with markers than chalk - less messy) for lists to avoid things like having 3 cornstarch boxes! Jesie - you should chalkboard paint somewhere in your new kitchen. I once did my backsplash with it. A bit hard to lean over counter and write on it tho'.

15 Mar 2007 | Unregistered Commenterkim.

i have always wanted to use blackboard paint somewhere. i love the depth it gets when it has been erased, kind of smokey, like in pic #2.

15 Mar 2007 | Unregistered Commenterfrances

Yes Frances pic no. 2! That's my favourite.

15 Mar 2007 | Unregistered Commentermidcenturyjo

These ideas ROCK!!! I want to use some of these in my home! Thanks for the inspiration!

15 Mar 2007 | Unregistered CommenterThe Benners

I love the idea of a chalk board in a kitchen!!

I'm telling you all - it's soooo handy in the kitchen!!!!

15 Mar 2007 | Unregistered Commenterkim.

ok so I just bought a chalkboard. I'm a student and it's probably the last thing I need after splashing out on new speakers. But it looks worth it. And a definite investment. So I tell myself everytime the creditcard comes out...

15 Mar 2007 | Unregistered CommenterDr Mike

I think that these look great and was suprised to see the pic of one in the living room.

PS Thanks for the link in your sideboard - I noticed that it doesn't have an underline under it and so does not look linkable (even though it is). Would it be possible to fix that?:-)

16 Mar 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMy Marrakech

Maryam, I think it doesn't show an underline if you've visited it - and since it's your blog it's stored in your browser cache. I will check through my template and see if I can change that setting. I'm a friggin web developper, I should be able to :) Gotta rush off to work but will look into when I get home.

16 Mar 2007 | Unregistered Commenterkim.

Kim- there is a place in that kitchen, where the last people boarded over a window or something, so there is a perfect place to paint a chalkboard!!! :)

16 Mar 2007 | Unregistered Commenterjessie

I've always wanted to do this, but worried about where all the chalk dust would settle.

I have two little ones, so I know we would get many uses out of a chalkboard wall, but what's the clean up like?

16 Mar 2007 | Unregistered CommenterChaylene

I had one in my last house, and I installed a wooden Ikea picture rail shelf under it to hold the chalk - and the chalk dust would just fall onto the shelf. So it wasn't messy! I painted chalkboard paint onto piece of MDF and screwed that into the wall because when I had painted the backsplash of the place before that in chalkboard paint, it was hard to write on because walls aren't totally smooth. So to everyone, I suggest not painting it directly onto your walls - do it on very smooth wood instead. (I have pics of mine in old house on Flickr - it's a crappy pic though.) You could then even frame it with black painted molding and it will look like a big piece of art!

16 Mar 2007 | Unregistered Commenterkim.

Great ideas! Thank you so much.

16 Mar 2007 | Unregistered CommenterChaylene

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