Friday, January 29, 2010

Home Office Redesign - The Feature Wall


A collection of photographs and artwork will be hung above this cabinet in the Home Office Redesign. I've wanted the wall behind the artwork to have an interesting treatment, and have considered many options.

The various ideas have been to paint it a strong color, upholster it with the Turkestan drapery fabric, or hang a wallpaper with a lot of texture in bronzes and gold. I had decided the wallpaper would be an excellent choice, but then the chair issue arose. Now there needed to be a solution that I am not only am excited about, but one that is CHEAP!


Look what I've decided on, a fourth idea. This chalkboard, which had been leaning against a wall in the laundry room since moving in, gave me an idea. First, I thought this chalkboard would look great hung among the the art and photos on the feature wall. But once I put it in the room next to the other pieces, waiting to be hung, it hit me. Why couldn't the entire wall be painted with chalkboard paint?


My husband is on board with the idea (I did ask, it is his room afterall!) and I finally found the supplies I need at Benjamin Moore, after several stops at other paint stores. Next time I'm calling around first!

The wall will be quite a dark element, in an already dark room. However, much of it will be covered with art and the room has a moody edge to it, so why not just run with it. Once I paint the wall, the art will be hung and I'm looking for a few empty frames to hang as well, with the chalkboard wall showing through. We'll see how that works.

Before I start driving all over in my search for frames, do you have any great tips where I should be looking?

24 comments :

  1. If you want to try and lighten it up a bit, you can buy small cans of chalkboard paint (not sure the size, but they're about the size of a coffee mug) in various colors. You could add colored "frames", or designs along the wall.

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  2. And, like someone who hasn't gone to sleep yet, I totally forgot to mention where. I've seen them at Michaels, though HobLob might also carry them.

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  3. umm..... well you know where I would suggest! I know that you said that you went in one and found nothing, but try again! and if you still have no luck, try hobby lobby because they always have beautiful empty frames! I love the chalkboard idea btw.

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  4. I love this idea, my husband woiuld never go for it though , he hates chalkboards , I LOVE chalkboard walls, I just had a client do this in her kitchen it looks and works amazingly well.
    This room is to die for.

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  5. Just caught up on your last couple of blog entries... wow, LOVE the chair. And the current fabric on it in the photo looks like it would work, too, though it would be a bold choice to do pattern on pattern (the chair's against the drapes'). Can't wait to see it.

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  6. Hi Janell, I have found some great big frames at a local thrift shop. This is a good place to look if you don't need a particular size and can just go with whatever they have. I bought one that was huge and had it cut down to fit a piece of art. Saved a TON of money!

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  7. A bit too cold for garage or yard sales, but my Goodwill always has frames of various sizes. Even if they have pictures in them, the frames are usually good. I guess any thrift store wuld probably be a good spot to check out first. Big Lots, too.

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  8. Thrift store usually have great frames, as does Target and Homegoods. I like the ornate frames that Michaels carries as well.
    The chalkboard wall is a great idea!

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  9. I love this idea. I'm really into chalkboard paint right now. For frames, my favorite ones are from thrift stores...but I found really CHEAP ones at Kohls in the home section recently. I know that's random, but they had a lot. Not sure what style you are looking for.

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  10. i'm so curious how this will turn out...

    kelly

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  11. If you were in Paris I'd know exactly where to take you, but since you're not I'll have to agree with the others - thrift stores, Goodwill, Salvation Army, estate sales, ebay, and possibly auctions (don't know if there are any U.S. Marshal seizure/foreclosure auctions in your area but those can be AMAZING). Good luck!

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  12. Ohh have you seen 500 Days of Summer?? The main charactor was an entire Chalck Baord Wall!! It's awesome....if the black Chalkboard is too dark then make you own Chalkboard paint...I just made a dark gray chalkboard paint (you can see on my blog) thanks to Martha's help! You can make any color paint into a Chalkbaord

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  13. Can't wait to see this, sounds like a bold move but if the rest of the room is anything to go by, it will look fab.

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  14. Thanks for all the great ideas on where to find frames!

    My husband has always wanted more chalkboards around the house, so I think this is going to be a great solution he will love. I just painted a coat of primer and it looks FABULOUS!!!!

    Janell

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  15. I'm excited to see how this turns out! I adore chalkboard paint, and I think it would be perfect in an office!

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  16. I'm excited to see how this turns out! I adore chalkboard paint, and I think it would be perfect in an office!

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  17. Personally, I love the Dollar Store for frames. If you have any type of dollar or .99 cent store near you, that is where I would look.

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  18. Ooh I can't wait to see how it turns out! Are you going with the magnetized chalkboard paint? If you do, it'd be so easy to switch around your artwork!

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  19. Oh I cannot wait to see the final product. I am planning a chalkboard feature in my daughter's playroom.

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  20. Can't wait to see it, it is all looking so good!

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  21. Of course, I would draw something I liked on it, and then never be able to wipe it off...
    Show us the results!

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  22. Have you seen the chalk pain that you can tint to any color? Here's a link from Martha:

    http://www.marthastewart.com/article/make-custom-color-chalkboard-paint

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  23. I can't wait to see this! I think it will look great!

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  24. Loving this idea! Can't wait to see how it turns out.

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