When my brother-in-law was painting our great room last week, I got a bee in my bonnet about painting one of the walls in our mudroom with chalkboard paint.
God bless my husband, because so often I say, “Hey I have this idea…,” and then the next thing he knows, he’s running to Lowe’s to buy paint.
Our mudroom is right off our garage, and it’s home to our coat closet, pantry, and powder room.
This is a picture during construction:
The wall I wanted to paint is the one behind the door to the garage. (Opposite of where our fridge is in the kitchen. Basically the other side of the wall to the right that you can’t see.)
We already had a little organizer hanging there for our keys and mail, which Aaron wanted to keep on that wall. (Since it’s pretty much all function, little form.)
So my amazing father-in-law (who was helping Aaron’s brother finish up the painting), painted it for us. We hung the organizer back up and left it for a few days to let the paint cure.
Did you know that when you paint something with chalkboard paint you’re supposed to prep it by rubbing a piece of chalk (on its side) all over the entire thing? I had no idea, which is probably why my little chalk frame never wrote or erased very well.
After about six days, I prepped the entire wall:
I knew I wanted to use the top half of the wall for a family calendar, leaving the bottom part of the wall for the kids.
I used washi tape and just eyeballed it to create the calendar.
I stared with September, because it was easier!
If you have a kid in daycare or preschool, you probably have a ton of art projects that are just stuffed in a drawer somewhere too. (Even though I throw almost all of them away, there are still tons.) So I bought two clipboards at Target to hang up some art projects. They’re just on little screw-in hooks.
And that’s it!
I love it, and I’m so glad we just went for it.
Our plan is to paint the mudroom and powder room next summer, so I figured if I hated it we could just paint over it. But I think it might be staying!