If you remember, when we moved into this house last fall, I had great ideas about what to do with an unused space in our kitchen. Unfortunately, we ripped a quarter-size hole in the drywall instead. We decided to go ahead and set up some shelving that we already had, and put up the magnet board and buckets to store various art supplies. The kids enjoyed having everything within reach to, as Isaac says, “do art”.
The kids finger painted “hand-print turkeys”. Also, if you will note in the picture below, Liesl tried tasting the paint – good thing it is non-toxic!
Before Thanksgiving, we decided to patch the hole, and paint the kitchen wall. I ran across this inspiration from Apartment Therapy. (Love love love Apartment Therapy!)
Source: Apartment Therapy
We found chalkboard paint at B&Q, and set to work painting our kitchen. B&Q is the Home Depot or Lowes of the UK and Ireland. We decided to just paint one wall. The winters are long and dark in Ireland, and we didn’t want to have a “cave” for a kitchen. This wall is just enough contrast, and it faces another wall with a window, which prevents the kitchen for being overly dark.
Contrary to the pictures, Brad did not do all the painting!
Below is the final product. It turned out much better than we thought. For those who are curious, using the wall as a chalkboard does not create excess dust. We actually “erase” the chalk using a wet washcloth, rather than an eraser. My apologies about the semi-blurry picture. It was taken at night, and the lighting in the kitchen can be really harsh. I’m still trying to figure out how to adjust the flash setting on my camera and the lighting in the kitchen.