So My Walls Can Talk Part 1 ~ chalkboard wall

If they were to give out prizes of who had the dullest hallway, I would’ve won!
But….not anymore! 
I have BIG plans for this hallway.  This is Part 1.
The making of a chalkboard wall.
The supplies & what to do are pretty self explanatory.  Btw, the chalkboard paint was bought @ Wal-Mart.  I think it was $8.97 for a quart.
Molding for my 8ft 9 in wall $14.66. {I did buy a thick molding.  I *heart* thick molding.}
A laser light is highly recommended along with painter’s tape.
I knew I wanted molding around the top of the chalkboard wall.  Some people don’t.  I just thought this might help them (my kids) “mentally” realize that they should stop drawing once they hit the molding…time will tell on that one. 
Just in case you are wondering what that black thing is in pic#2 of the collage it’s the playpen – for a barricade.  It didn’t work – though.  In the pic #3 of the above collage – yep that’s me, cutting my molding @ Home Depot.  Loved that feeling it gave me, of “Doing it Myself.”
Here’s the finish look.  I L-O-V-E it!  I am giddy about this project.  This is where my 3 hang out.  I think alot of graffiti will take place here.  And that’s is a-okay by me!
 As you can see the playpen barricade didn’t work.  stinker.
Here she is with her first inaugural drawing.  Just had to do a Spring pennant banner!
Already so fun!
But this is how it will look most of the time. ;) As long as these 3 are happy, then I’m happy with any look their little creative souls want to make.  One never knows what kind of talent this may help produce.
Hello! I’m so glad you’re here & reading my posts! I’ve started truncating my posts, so please click over to read the rest of the story!
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Comments

  1. Adorable!! I LOVE it! :)

    ~Karla @ It’s The Little Things…

  2. This is such a great idea. I really really like it–especially with the molding on top.

  3. The chalkboard wall is amazing! I would love to create one for my Grandson.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Carol

  4. Oh, they will have so much fun with that! Great idea!

  5. That Cheif he’s so smart, black was the perfect color. I love it, it adds such personality to the hall, which is not easy to do. I am so glad we are friends and you are so creative and I can copy your idea’s. I hopee you guys stayed dry yesterday. Are you as ready as I am for some sun?

    Have a great weekend,

    Cha Cha

  6. I forgot, I love the yellow background. Yellow is perfect for spring and I really like how it matches your walls.

    Okay, I think that is all

    Cha Cha

  7. WOW!!! What a great idea…and I love the molding. I am a follower now and love your blog!

  8. What a great idea … a chalk board that perfectly fits your wall! My kids (now grown) had a huge schoolhouse chalkboard in our hallway when they were little. It’s a great place for them to draw and doodle, and for Santa and the Easter Bunny to leave messages.
    … Connie

  9. I love it! Chalkboard walls may be a dime a dozen in blogland but yours is really unique and creative. It looks perfect there. Thanks for joining my link up.

  10. that’s perfect! ok, i was loving my photo wall in my hallway but now i’m thinking…..maybe i could do something like this. i definitely want to use chalkboard paint somewhere in my house. i’m just not sure where!

  11. You just blow me away with your creativity! You rock!

  12. Oh this is ADORABLE!! I love it!!…..love the yellow too!

  13. Love this idea!

  14. This is WONDERFUL! I’ve looked at a lot of uses for chalkboard paint, and this might be my favorite!

  15. I love it! They are too cute!

  16. Oh dear… I’m totally jealous of that chalkboard wall! Looks great!

  17. I’m always so nervous about chalkboard paint because of the chalk dust! I know that there are special markers for that, but I’m not 100% sold yet. Maybe when my little one gets bigger I might change my mind … great project though!

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  19. This looks so fun! And this is good information for me… We are getting ready to add wainscotting under the chair rails in the kitchen and I was wondering how we were going to get that cut… we have no tools!

  20. You are a brave soul! I love the look! My 3 children would be in chalk heaven if we did something like that. And, the hallway is a pretty good space for them all to be contained. :) Good thinking!

  21. Sooooo clever! Love how you’ve utilized this space to the absolute max!

    Thanks for sharing on SNS!
    FJ Donna

  22. This is AWESOME! What a great use of the chalkboard paint idea!!!

  23. i freaking LOVE this. i am stealing this for the perfect wall in my kitchen with a perfect view from the family playroom. i think i just found a project for myself next weekend!

  24. my blog plug for you, since i am stealing your idea…
    http://teambojo.blogspot.com/2010/03/next-weeks-project.html

  25. Love it!

  26. That wall is great! I love seeing the little ones drawing their little hearts out.

  27. I am sooooooo going to copy you and make one too!!!!

  28. Awesome! Following you from Funky Junks Saturday Nite Special!
    Come by for a visit!
    http://extremepersonalmeasures.blogspot.com

  29. Great idea! I have a chalkboard wall in my boys’ room. They love it. Lisa~ http://www.livingmybestlifeii-lisa.blogspot.com

  30. The chalkboard wall turned out great! I love love the molding! The kidos look like they are having a great time with it. So going to do this for E.

  31. What a wonderful idea and place for a chalkboard! It looks great. The molding really added to the look. And, I love the yellow color on your walls. What fun for the kids.

  32. I LOVE IT! Now I win the boring hallway award:-)

    I bet that is so fun for you kids. Did you have texture on your wall?

    For now forget about chalk I just give my kids the hard stuff…sharpies and pens. It’s awsome when they color all over everything and it won’t come out.haha

    If I were smart I would copy your hallway darling.

  33. Stinkin cute idea! Your pics with your kids playing is adorable. I need chalkboard paint all over my home- right at that level!

  34. I painted a chalkboard wall in my playroom last summer and my almost 3 year old LOVES it! I’m thinking about painting one in the kitchen too for grocery lists or more fun things ;)
    It looks great! Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting on my painted countertops post…seriously you should try it! It’s been almost a year with a dog jumping up on it, a toddler ‘helping’ in the kitchen and my almost everyday baking…it’s held up so amazingly well!! :)
    Thanks again for the lovely comment!!
    ~Kristi @ http://www.creativekristi.com

  35. Love this! This is a GREAT idea. It is so cute!

    I have a question, I saw one of your photos that you turned black and white but left the shirt pink.. I loved it and that is how I did my Christmas card this year but left little bits hat red.. I am trying to do his Easter card and am wanting to do it again but I paid Wolf Camera to do if for me last time and they say they can’t do it anymore.. yeah, don’t even get me started on my phone conversation with the nice man… anyway did you do it in picnik or do you have photoshop?

    Appreciate your direction,

    Jen

  36. This is just amazing!!! I think I need this in my place now too :) Good work! What a cute blog! xx

  37. Hi Kellie! Thanks for visiting my blog. This is such a great idea and perfect for my growing little family. Thanks for the inspiration!!

  38. Love this! It turned out great :).

  39. This post just brought me to tears! Precious little ones! And they are sooooooo cute at making their very own masterpieces! Please take some great pictures of them at work as they grow and put them in frames on the yellow part of the wall. Just the picture you posted is frame worthy!

    Now for the project itself- it is just the most clever idea! The chalkboard is actually very pretty against the yellow wall and white trim. And it’s inaugural banner picture so fun! I love yellow. Most of my home is painted some color of yellow, or yellow is a major accent. It is wonderful to find another yellow lover! Your blog is so creative- I’ll follow you!
    Yvonne

  40. This brings back such fond memories. We had one of these when my boys were younger. It was messy but fun! I’m grabbing a spring party button.

  41. I really like this idea! It looks great and it’s fun for the kids. I’m considering painting my cabinet doors with chalkboard paint, but I don’t know….

    Frankly they can’t get any worse, so I don’t know why I hesitate.

    -FringeGirl

  42. Oh, I LOVE it! It looks like so much fun!!

  43. OK So I’m going to figure out where and I am going to do this although my “baby” will ber 13 on friday and her bother my other “baby” is 11 they will LOVE it! Thanks for the inspiration! your yellow walls are gorgeous!
    luvs and glitter
    ~jen
    p.s. I’m having a giveaway stop by if you like :)

  44. that is so cool!

    I would love for you to link up to check me out saturdays over at my blog http://www.iamonly1woman.blogspot.com

  45. I love how creative other bloggers are! I am going to paint part of my wall with chalk paint!!

  46. I LOOOOVE this!! What a fun thing to have for your kiddos, it looks so adorable & charming!

  47. the coolest moms are the ones who let children write on the walls.

  48. I love it! I hope I can find a good place for a chalkboard in our new hosue!

  49. Oh, so practical, especially with kids!

    Great job!

  50. I love that! I want a chalkboard wall now! And I think I know where I could put one. Thanks!

  51. Yeah! It looks so awesome! I’m so glad you used black. It looks perfect.

  52. It looks SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO good! Do you have smooth walls? Ours are textured and I am not sure how well it would work on them. But I would love to do the same thing to our hallway! And dang girl 51 comments? Big time!

  53. VERY COOL! I love how that looks and it’s so cute seeing your kids drawing on it. And funny that of course a kid manages to make a mess whenever there’s paint around! :)

    Stopping by from Today’s Creative! Signed up to follow you! Stop on over when you get a chance http://juliechats.blogspot.com I’m always looking for a few more crafty followers!

  54. really cool! It looks great. love the pennant banner. Kelly

  55. That’s so cute! Love the pic of your little one after he made it out of the barricade. Heehee. I’m sure they’re going to love it for a long time.

  56. WOW! I so want this in my house (when I get one!!) Love it!!

    Alison

  57. So cute, what a great idea! Your kids look like they are loving it too!!

  58. I love this for your hallway! Its really perfect!
    Happy to have found your blog!
    Londen

  59. So glad you linked this post up again! Do your kiddos still draw on it?

  60. Oh my gracious! That is such a fabulous idea!!! I love it! I may have to copy this idea. I could not love it more. Your floors are gorgeous, by the way. Love the spring penant too! So cute!

  61. You are the coolest mom ever!

    I may have to do this in my kindergarten hallway at school. If you can’t beat them, join them!

  62. I LOVED your chalkboard wall and featured it here. So clever, I can’t wait to pull off my own somewhere in my home!

  63. i thought i was the coolest mom ever UNTIL NOW! you beat me hands down with this idea.

  64. i LOVE it!
    Would you mind sharing what color yellow is on your walls?
    xoxoxo

  65. Love this…thinking where I can do this :)

  66. How would we keept them from thinking it’s okay to draw on other walls that aren’t covered with chalkboard paint? That’s our only main reservation…..

  67. I love this!! How creative. I just got the stuff to do it. So excited.

    I do have a couple questions, though. Did you need more than 2 coats of paint? And how do you deal with all of the dust that falls? Is it getting all in your quarter round molding on the floor?

  68. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this! The molding is PERFECT! I have one question…If you do this and in a year want it gone what do you do? Just paint back over it??? lOVE THIS!

  69. So, so cute!
    Very good idea!
    Kisses from Brazil!

  70. LOVE this!!!

  71. wow!!!!! I ADORE THIS!

  72. So much fun! Thank you for sharing your process with us. :) Can I ask where you keep the chalk? Is it accessible by the kiddos, or put up for safe keeping?

  73. I just found your blog looking for fonts that show up really well on a chalkboard background and that post led to this one and now I am so loving your blog! I subscribed! Love it!

    Especially this post! I am soooo doing this! My two kids would adore this! And honestly my husband and I could use it too! Also I have been itching to do some DIY projects and your sharing has shown me I can do it!

    Love Love Love It!

    Steph

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