Don’t you love when inspiration hits? It’s a drop everything, I need to do this now kind of thing for me so when I saw Carmel’s Chalkboard Brick Fireplace Makeover on Monday, I was hit hard with inspiration!
Which reminded me of The Nester’s chalkboard fireplace that I have always loved.
Then I did a quick little search on Pinterest and found this, exactly what I had in mind and no, being a cat on a counter was not it.
I was possibly supposed to be have some ladies over for dinner Monday night, needing to make soup, make food for a MOPS meeting the next day, tidy up the house a bit, you know that sort of stuff. Instead I started painting a chalkboard backsplash. I may have made a trip to Hobby Lobby in a snow storm to get a chalk marker too, you know because these things are important when inspiration strikes!
CHECK OUT THE BEFORE AND AFTERS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST TO SEE HOW FAR THIS KITCHEN HAS COME FROM AN OAK NIGHTMARE TO AN AMAZING AFTER!
Step 1: Start with a blah back splash area in need of some whimsy and a checkbook that doesn’t have enough money for new counter tops and a black splash. This is in the plan for the next few years but until then, I thought this might be fun!
Step 2: I already owned chalkboard paint so this was free for me. A quart of Rustoleum chalkboard Paint from your local hardware store should be around $10-$15. After that, paint like a mad woman with chalkboard paint, try to do this at an inconvenient time and when you are hosting a dinner.
Step 3: Run to Hobby Lobby in a snow storm and buy a chalk marker using a 40% off coupon and only pay $3.58.
Step 4: Try to make straight lines yourself and have it end up looking like you were drawing drunk.
Step 5: Involve hubby who has a tendency to be
anal very detailed which I am not.
We used a level, a big bistro chalk marker from Hobby Lobby that had a square tip and I would NOT suggest using and some yellow thing that had a straight edge for the drawing the vertical lines straight. I went back to Hobby Lobby today and found a four pack of chalk markers with nice rounded tips, theywere $12.99 but once again, use the 40% off coupon. The chalk markers do not wipe off like chalk does so they are great to use for this type of thing. You can also purchase it here. I have had a few questions about it wiping off and it DOES NOT unless you use water and it still leaves behind a line so this should last a while.
Throw in a double butt shot for good measure and also begin to wonder why we are matching in our navy shirts. And that is not my skin showing, it’s a tank top. We really had to get up close and personal while doing this so I would suggest doing this with a spouse or good friend who doesn’t mind you all up in their business.
Step 5: Step back and admire your whimsical, cheap back splash that makes you very happy! (After you take 6,000 pictures of the kitchen only to discover you are missing a vertical line in two spaces, then take 4,000 more pictures).
Enjoy the photo overload!!!
I even love it at night time, it looks amazing with the under cabinet lights on it!
And now for some good before and afters!
You can read about painting the cabinets here and here. The light over the sink was a free Craigslist find and I just added the bamboo shade over the sink which I love! So what do you think? Do you have a back splash already? Are you over the chalkboard craze? Do you love it as much as I do?
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