Chalkboard Wall :: Writing My Story on the Walls

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I love words.  I love stories.  I love telling our story in our home.  Whether it be through pictures, words, or objects…our home tells a story.  A story of who we are and how we choose to live.
One of my biggest blog inspirations, Kasey Buick, recently painted a chalkboard wall in her home.  The thing that sold me?  Grey flat paint. 
So I put the hubster to work.  We have textured walls so our first project was to get a flat wall.  I read online that you are supposed to get the actual texture off.  That was taking too long so we just spackled over the wall until it was flat {it is one small wall—no need to be a perfectionist here}. 
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We used some major lighting to make sure it was as flat as can be…
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And then we let it dry…and I tried a paint sample…
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And you people with flat walls have it gooood!  It was super fast to paint.  No speckled little holes to fill in.
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It is a perfect contrast to our lighter gray walls.  And it adds so much whimsy and character.  I love to doodle…it almost felt wrong to draw on the walls…but I think I will get used to it! ;)
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I hope my walls, my home, and my life tell my story.  Stories of love, creativity, and joy.  And that through my stories I will become a better me and people will see what I find important. 
More thoughts on that {and Donald Miller} later {I told you I take a long time to finish a book}…
If you wrote on your walls, what would you want them to say…?




Paint color :: Glidden Seal Grey {which, by the way, they now sell at Wal-Mart!}
*flat paint allows you to write and wipe off {with a damp cloth} like a chalkboard

25 comments:

  1. I have to say, I really love this... I love workds too....that's why I have so many tattooed on my body.. Love language all the way around!! You did a great job and the inspriation is fabulous!!

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  2. Great idea and a perfect project!

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  3. love it Ashley!
    I have wanted a chalkboard wall for a while..I just didn't know where...and didn't want to spend that much on chalkboard paint! Love this idea...I might just have to steal this one!

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  4. Love, love, love this!!! Great job :)

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  5. hahah u really love chalkboard!! I have never had it in my house but would love to try the out the chalkboard jars first! :)

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  6. Just gorgeous! I have been wanting to do a chalkboard wall in my house but cant seem to find the right spot for it.

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  7. Love this idea. You already have me addicted to chalkboard contact paper. My hubby is trouble now. ;-)

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  8. It looks awesome!
    I am still trying to convince my husband to let me do this...
    We shall see :)

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  9. Jahmese Kathleen MyresMarch 16, 2011 12:19 PM

    Saw this idea in last month's Cosmo magazine. I love it! I think my walls would tell a story of perseverance and love! "If these walls could talk"..right? Well apparently now they can!!!

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  10. Wow it's so darling! I love, love, love it! And I really love the quote you put on it! Great job!

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  11. Looks great!!!

    {P.S. I can totally see you painting your front door a bold color....}

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  12. It looks awesome. love it girlie.

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  13. It's lovely! I think I told you this before, but I got to hear Donald Miller speak at the MOPS Conference last year, and he is amazing! I love the idea of sharing favorite words, quotes, and Bible verses in a spot like that. :)

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  14. Wait... You didn't have to use chalkboard paint Ashley?? I love it!

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  15. I absolutely love the grey!!! Will definitely be trying this:)

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  16. That is so cool! Little kids are going to love to come over too (if you let them draw on it lol). My mom has a small chalk board and my kids always though that was so much fun to play with.

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  17. I love it! I had an apartment a few years ago with a chalkboard wall in its beautiful entry and under the cabinets in the kitchen. I love chalkboard walls! If we ever have a kiddo I have big plans for a chalkboard door :)

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  18. I've heard of this idea before, but never tried it. You usually see it in kids' rooms, but I love how you incorporated it into your home. Thanks for sharing the pictures too.

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  19. I think of your chalkboard sayings around your home from time to time. I think it's a really neat thing that you do and I would like to emulate more. Kelly

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  20. Question: I have seen chalkboard walls that absolutely don't erase and they turn out to be messy...what has your experience been with the paint you used? I have a small wall just like yours that you have inspired me to try out! Please let me know your thoughts, thanks!

    bri.seston@gmail.com

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  21. This is gorgeous! I love it! I bet it is quite a talking point in your home! Thanks for sharing!

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  22. I usually use on most of my chalkboards a wet rag to wipe it off. If I try to erase it with an eraser or dry rag, it just spreads. Also because we covered our textured walls, sometimes the chalk will rub off a chunk of the paint. I recently just repainted the wall because of it. So it is far from perfect but I don't mind repainting it every once in awhile. And really it is hard to notice, but I am a bit of a perfectionist so I like to give it a fresh coat. :)

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