Chalkboard Wall :: Writing My Story on the Walls

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}. 
We used some major lighting to make sure it was as flat as can be…
And then we let it dry…and I tried a paint sample…
And you people with flat walls have it gooood!  It was super fast to paint.  No speckled little holes to fill in.
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! ;)
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


  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!!

  2. Great idea and a perfect project!

  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!

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

  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! :)

  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.

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

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

  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!!!

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

  11. Looks great!!!

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

  12. It looks awesome. love it girlie.

  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. :)

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

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

  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.

  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 :)

  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.

  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

  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!

  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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