Monday, November 4, 2013

Chalkboard Wall

I've wanted to do a chalkboard wall in our home forever but as you will see from the photos, our walls are very heavily textured and I didn't think I would be able to write on them. 

But I just couldn't stand it anymore.  I really wanted one.  So, I tested it out first with a piece of chalk and tried writing on it, and surprisingly, it was no big deal at all.  Sure it isn't perfectly smooth, but I could write on it and it still looked fine.  That was all I needed to get busy and paint a side and I couldn't be more happy with the results.


Of course, this did inspire a couple of other projects.  Isn't it funny how that always happens.  When my dad died, I inherited some of his wine collection.  He was quite a wine connoisseur and even though some of it is no longer drinkable, I will never get rid of it and I wanted to display some of it proudly.  I also wanted to display it on the wall against the chalkboard wall color.  I looked for a DIY wine rack tutorial and found this one.  I did it a little bit differently in that I didn't use the same size bolts and I also spray painted them oil rubbed bronze because I didn't care for the color of them. 

Because we already had the barn wood, this project cost me less than $5 because all I had to buy was the bolts for .38 each.  How great is that?  I absolutely love how it turned out.



I've had a lot of emails asking where we bought our light fixture in the dining room.  I actually don't remember because it was bought 8 years ago when we bought the house.  However, I wasn't happy with it at all because it had frosted glass shades on it that forced the light up onto the ceiling instead of down onto the table for a cozier setting.  For years I just lived with it but I couldn't stand how cold the dining room felt with the light like that so I decided to see if I could just remove the glass shades and sure enough, you could.  I removed them all and added clip on shades from Lowes, which I loved and they made the lighting perfectly cozy.  For this project though, I went a little further and added burlap to each shade to give more texture to the room.


I cut out the fabric, sprayed the shade with spray adhesive, wrapped it and hot glued the rest.  Because I didn't cut it out perfectly, I added a piece of rope to the inside to clean it up a bit.  I just hot glued it on.  It just makes it a little bit neater since you can easily see up under the shade while walking in the dining room.


For the sentiment on the wall here, I printed everything from wordpad on my computer and traced it onto the wall using different fonts.  Yes, it took all day but boy do I love it.  I wish I could remember the name of each font I used but I don't.  Sorry.


I still have a couple more things to add to the wall but I wanted to go ahead a share it now.

I love it!  So if you've been wanting to do a chalkboard wall but thought you couldn't because of the wall texture in your home, I'd say go for it!  :)

Have a great day!

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49 comments:

  1. Oh I love everything about this! I am a sucker for burlap and chalkboard paint! I love that the chalkboard walls are textured!

    agirlandhersparkles.blogspot.com

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  2. Absolutely stunning!! Love this Diana! Your dining room looks like THE coziest place to share good wine and good food with friends and family :)

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  3. That looks so great with the thick moldings and all the neutral and light colors. Gorgeous!

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  4. LOVE the new chalkboard wall! Your dining room always looks so amazing!! I wish I could just transfer the room to my house! ;)

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  5. Oh my gosh, I love it! I can't believe how much it seems to "ground" your space.

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  6. oh Diana, it looks fabulous! your dining room should be featured in a magazine. I've been meaning to cover my mini shades for my kitchen chandy in burlap for a while and you might be the push I need to get it done. I was so happy to see your post this morning, it made my day!

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  7. The whole room looks AMAZING! I love, love, love every thing about it.
    I painted the door to our laundry room (it's in our kitchen) with chalkboard paint a couple weeks ago and I love it. So far, it has announced two birthdays. :) I'm looking forward to putting a quote for November next.
    Your whole house is just so dang pretty. The new dining room fits right in.

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  8. LOVE this - and I too would love to do this somewhere in my home...I think the texture of your wall makes it look that much better - the wine rack is simply elegant and what a great reminder of your Dad - gotta say I love your style!

    Cheryl @ The Creative Me and My McG

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  9. I really love it! I have been wanting to do the chalk board wall too. Maybe someday soon!
    Jenn

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  10. Oh how I love your wall. I am your newest follower on instagram!

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  11. Hi - everything Looks just GREAT!!! Love everything! Hug, Barbara

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  12. omg, I think it looks even better with the wall finish.....not so boring black. These pics belong in a magazine...so cool!
    Christine from Little Brags

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  13. Fantastic chalk board walls, I like the texture. Your wine bottles and basket of chopping boards are lovely and a great reminder of you dad. Take a look at my chalk board, they do take time don' they, I did mine on an old school projector. http://karenbarclay.com/everything-else/chalk-board-makeover/

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  14. LOVE, Love, love it! You do such amazing things. The sentiment is just perfect for the other side of the wall. The chandy looks great too. Will be waiting for the next step. :)

    xo
    Pat

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  15. I love all the wood tones & neutrals, room looks great :D

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  16. I agree with Christine your home should be in a magazine, I'm always drawn to this style of decorating.
    I would follow you on Instagram if I knew how.lol I have a iphone c5 or is it 5c and I'm set up for Instagram but
    don't know what to do with it.
    Have a great day!

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  17. I agree with all of you - it is a stunning room. I am very envious of the chalkboard wall - fabulous!

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  18. Beautiful! I was in love with the room before but this wall really capped it off!

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  19. Thanks for sharing that. I always wondered how that would work if the walls weren't perfectly smooth. It looks great! xo Diana

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  20. Beautiful and what a great way to highlight your dad's collection. The dark wall really makes your pretty trim and pocket door stand out. With the light ceiling, natural light and gorgeous floors it doesn't make the room dark at all. I have been wanting to do something like this and even bought the chalkboard paint but I can't decide on which wall.

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  21. It's a great room made more fabulous by the chalk-board paint on a textured wall - I don't think it would have looked as good on a smooth wall somehow - your "writings" and wine-holder look fabulous with all the other bits and pieces in the room. Give yourself lots of pats on the back :-)

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  22. I saw your chalkboard wall on Pinterest and had to come over and check it out - LOVE!!! :)

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  23. Wow, the wall looks great! I love the chalk lettering you used, and the wine rack is perfect.

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  24. Your chalkboard wall looks great !

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  25. Love it! But I'm really touched by the wine display. It is so sentimentally simple and beautiful. I too have some special bottles of wine that are not longer drink-able, but dearly cherished. One bottle was given to me by a United States Senator that I worked for 20 years ago as a wedding gift. It is wine produced from our state and took a national ribbon that year. I never opened it and really should find a way to display it. In addition, my brother and sister-in-love live in Missouri Wine country. Their backyard backs up to vineyards and the beauty of the Missouri River Valley is incredible.

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  26. That wall is stunning along with everything else in that space. I've been wanting to trying building something of my own and your table may have just been the piece to inspire me. Did you make that shelf? I've been looking everywhere for one just like it and thought, perhaps I will just try and make it! New like from me for sure,

    Crystal @ My Elements to Elegance

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  27. Beautiful room! Where did you get that fantastic glass holder that is on display on top of your open shelving unit? It looks perfect up there.

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  28. Everything is beautiful and great! i like the wall, very creative one.

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  29. Wow Diana! I LOVE it!! And I love that you have your dad's wine collection. So very cool:) LOVE your style:)

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  30. Lovely room! Question about the herbs on the dining table--- are they always in that room, or did you bring them in for the picture? Is is possible to grow rosemary in indirect sunlight?

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    1. Hi Mrs. P! I just bought these and am hoping they will survive indoors at least through Christmas. Sadly, I usually don't have any luck growing herbs indoors, even in a sunny window.

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  31. Hi there. This is my first time visiting your blog and I adore it! I will be a regular reader from here on out. I have a blog/website as well for my love of all things vintage and antique!

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  32. Hi Everyone! I feel so blessed to have discovered this site! I am a true vintage-holic!. I've used chalkboard paint on many things. One of my favorite projects was painting a full length mirror that usually hangs on the back of a bedroom door and then hanging it on the front of my 8 yr old stepson's bedroom door! We have a blast leaving silly messages for each other.

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  33. I love your dining room. I can't wait to see it decorated for Christmas.

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  34. Totally love it. I've incorporated a chalk wall in my dining room but so far have been a bit scared to implement it. It looks great.

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  35. I absolutely love it!!! And having lath & plaster walls myself, this seems like a nice alternative for decorating. I don't hang many things because of the holes and crumbling, but writing on the walls with chalk could easily satisfy my need for changing out decor on the walls :)

    This makes your dining room look so warm and inviting!!!

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  36. You have SUCH talent Diana! I found your blog through pinterest because I was in LOVE with your DIY farm house table. Since then, I have been following on and off. You chalkboard wall looks phenomenal, even with the textured walls! Who would've thought! I've seen a few chalkboard walls, and wasn't really a fan, but you've hit the mark. Thank you for sharing your amazing talent with us!
    xo,
    Amber

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  37. I love, love, love this room!
    I have the same textured walls, and thought I was doomed to only have chalkboard paint in limited areas...
    I have a new project!!!
    Also, I have a similar light fixture, except mine is brushed nickel. I had the hubby take it down shortly after we moved in a few years ago. Now, I'm tempted to dig it out of the shed and replace the shades, including painting it.
    Christine
    http://pugskidscrafts.blogspot.com/

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  38. Love your site and your chalkboard wall! I have a large 8 x 4 framed chalkboard in the kitchen, but have always played with the idea of painting the whole wall chalkboard. Now seeing your gorgeous wall I am just going to go ahead and paint the whole thing!
    I also made your pumpkin scones the other week...they were absolutely delicious. We all loved them, thanks!

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  39. Love your home!! Just followed on blogger.. cant wait to see what else you do in your beautiful home! :)

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  40. Hi Diana! I love the chalk board wall you have created, it looks fab! I have wanted to do this forever too. Where did you get the paint from? I'm loving what you have done with your dads wine also, its a really nice idea.

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  41. Hi!! Love this room and my husband I attempting to build me a table following your blog. Can you tell me how tall the legs of your table are?!

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  42. I love the chalkboard wall! Just pinned it! ~Lisa @ Practically Perfect Home

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