Friday, November 19, 2010

Kitchen Nook Art & Chalkboard Wall - Ready For Use





When I saw this latest painting by Max I was excited, knowing it was just right for the kitchen nook wall. I asked him if I could hang it here. Can you believe he looked at me and said, "No, it's for sale."

Oh. Can I buy it?

After giving it some serious thought he replied, "Hum...okay. It's $5.99."

Wow, really? And off I went to get my wallet. I was actually relieved I could afford it because it had to be hung on this wall!




I have a plan to add simple frames around these canvases, though with the holidays here I probably won't get around to that DIY project until the first of the year. There are probably a dozen canvases in our home that will look even better once a thin slice of trim is added around the edges. Of course I'll be sure to post a tutorial.


The stripe running up the wall really works here, visually anchoring the corner and relating to the bands of brown accenting the drape edges. The brown chalkboard paint color, Strong Addiction from Hudson Paint, coordinates beautifully with the roman shade and drapery fabrics.

This may be my last project for awhile, with Thanksgiving next week, though the fabric for the master bedroom duvet just arrived! Shoot. Perhaps the following week I'll get to it. With the completion of the duvet and a couple additional pillows that project will be done, I really can hardly wait.

Also, look for my latest Houzz Ideabook tomorrow, which interestingly features kitchen nooks. You may spot a nook I got a bit of inspiration from!

56 comments :

  1. Ha!! What a kid!! What a happy post!

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  2. PS. How did you hang the artwork? Did you nail into the wall or use a pull off thingy?

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  3. I love the chalkboard wall! I've been dying to do one in our house for months now!

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  4. As usual - I love it! I think it's great you actually put some artwork up there!

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  5. I like this chalkboard "stripe"! It really completes the space and how fun to be able to enjoy the kids artwork while you're sitting at the table.

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  6. Love the brown.....perfect! I don't care what anyone says...I think this trend is here to stay for a while [chalkboard paint].

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  7. YAY for Brown!! I'm a brown lover too. It's such an organic color!! Sherry I'm w/ you on this one. This room is absolutely beautiful. I've been following you for a while and I'm a daily reader. I'd love to have you stop by and check out my page. Follow me and tell me what you think of my progresses. www.bargaincornerdesigns.blogspot.com

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  8. It looks fantastic! I love that you went all the way to the ceiling with the paint. And, what a great mom you are! Maybe you have a buding artist on your hands:)

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  9. love the board, just wondering what kind of floor do you have

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  10. Hi CareBear, the floor is engineered, from Kentwood flooring. The nice thing is that due to it being "distressed" all the nicks and dings don't show up or really bother me that much!

    Here is the link:

    http://www.kentwoodfloors.com/us/originals/products/30212

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  11. Love the wall! And Max is so cool! Did Isabella paint the mermaid? She looks great!

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  12. This is just the right touch for the nook. And the fact that you did the chalkboard as a wide stripe running up the wall is a masterstroke! Yes, love how it looks with the drapes.

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  13. Love the wall. I think Max's art is stunning, good thing he let you buy it. lol. Hugs, Marty

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  14. Can Max be my agent??? LOL
    I"m glad both of you recognized the value of his creation...it's perfect in that space. Love the brown chalkboard paint and the thoughtfulness with which you approached the room's design. Looking forward to the tutorial on the framing.

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  15. Some places I shop price items at $x.99. That's a sign they can't be returned. He's a smart kid.

    Now, turn around and sell it to your husband for $10.99.
    Art is an investment & can go up in value. No?

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  16. Man, I always tried to sell my artwork to my parents but they pulled the whole, "We bought the supplies for you" card and wouldn't give me a cent!

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  17. Very smart kid. I love how it all came out. You've inspired me to maybe do something similar in my mud room. PS - Thanks for your comment today.

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  18. Your son is adorable. The nook is so welcoming and representative of your family. I love that. Happy weekend!

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  19. Well, the great thing about paying Max for the art was that the next day he came home from school wanting to order books from Scholastic Books. I told him to count his money and figure out what he could afford to buy! There is an opportunity for lessons at every corner, isn't there?! Janell

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  20. I like the mod feel to it and of course I love anything to do with adding art and children together. Have a great weekend and thanks again for sharing!
    Maureen

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  21. The wall turned out great, Janell!

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  22. What a great focal point. I'm sure that Max (who has arrived at professional artist status now!) is thrilled to see his work center stage in the nook.

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  23. Max is awesome!!!
    It looks fabulous Janell! Hope you have a wonderful weekend friend!

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  24. Absolutely awesome! That deep stripe really does anchor that space and unify everything. LOVE.

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  25. It is the perfect touch, I would have never thought to do it. Max did a wonderful job too.

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  26. That boy drives a hard bargain! Glad you were able to snatch it up, it's perfect for the room!

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  27. That is such a great idea! It just hit me that I could do the same thing for the wall along our bar. It's just the right height for our preschooler and toddler.

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  28. I love your kitchen nook wall, actually the whole area is gorgeous.

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  29. I think you got a great deal on the art... when my son wants to sell me something he always asks for a million dollars, which is sadly out of my budget. For anything. ;)

    I love the stripe, and I definitely agree that it helps anchor that corner. Hope you have a very happy Thanksgiving!

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  30. awwwe, he gave you the Mom discount, how sweet of him !

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  31. That kid's got a good head for business. And a penchant for painting....takes after his mom, does he?

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  32. I *need* to know where you got your beautiful black and white shades, I've been on the lookout FOREVER for this exact styling, and have been out of luck!

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  33. I had to read Andy that part about Max because it just CRACKS. ME. UP. So so so cute. He's going to be a billionaire.

    As far as the wall, I really like how you did the chalkboard as a stripe. Crisp. Very nice.

    Kelly

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  34. Wow. looks great. You're right about it really anchoring that corner. Max rocks. Strong business acumen already! love it.

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  35. Looks great! And go Max!! Way to make a deal :)

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  36. I really love the chalkboard stripe. You're so right -- it works perfectly in the space.

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  37. i love it!!! your kids so talented -

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  38. For those of you who have asked, the fabric on the roman shades is by Thomas Paul, found at CC, Aviary in Earth.

    http://www.calicocorners.com/product/designer+fabrics+for+the+home/shop+fabrics+by+color/white+and+off+white/aviary+earth.do?search=basic&keyword=aviary&sortby=priceAscend&page=1

    Love the fabric and result, though making them was a pain. It is the only project I've taken on in my house to date that has reduced me to TEARS! But...all is well that ends well!!

    Janell

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  39. $5.99 - too funny! He's certainly enterprising. :) Love that space and the pendant above the table. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  40. You son thinks like I did as a kid. When I got a scholorship to college I had the nerve to ask my dad if he'd give me the money I was "saving" him....hahhah...youth!

    LOVE the way this project turned out. Love it!

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  41. so great and hilarious that he wanted to sell it!

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  42. Adorable. I think you should let him put it for sell on the blog. I have another blogger friend who's daughter wanted to sell her art for haiti victims. Shes 5. Seriously cute. And a great ego booster for their self esteem!

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  43. I feel like a broken record every time I comment on one of your posts....but genius!! really! perfect spot in the house for chalkboard paint, love the wide stripe, love how you took it floor to ceiling...love it all!! And your Max sounds like a doll!

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  44. I've been showing my daughter art for sale on etsy to motivate her. So she makes something and tells me. I want to sell this on etsy, how much can I get? How do you price such things? I recently bought a print for $20 and the original was $500.

    I think it's great that Max is already thinking of how much his creativity is worth.

    Katharine

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  45. Fantastic idea - I'd love to do it, but our kitchen is so narrow there's just enough room for the table and chairs. I'm sure the kids would still doodle on it, but no artwork:(.

    Speaking of artwork, tell us about the mermaid - she's wonderful. Did Isabella paint her?

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  46. Interior was really beautiful....Perfect color combinations and all that gives a fantastic look are included here...
    Electronic Smokeless Cigarette

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  47. That is too cute that he had it for sale...I LOVE the band of chalk paint art wall! It really livens up y'alls little eating nook!

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  48. Way to go, Max! Isn't he the budding business man!! $5.99 is such a deal. You spend less that $6 for a crucial piece!

    So cute. I love hearing stories about your little ones.

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  49. This is such a great space! I LOVE your floors!

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  50. Way to trust your instincts! Max cracks me up!

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  51. I LOVE IT.....the blogs and coffee print looks alot better there! :))) Great job Janell!
    Have a HAPPY THANKSGIVING...!!

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  52. Looks great! And Max's art is perfect there so it was worth your $5.99 ;)

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  53. Is it okay to use chalk board paint in more than one room? I'd like to paint the bottom portion of my long hall with the paint. It is right off my kids rooms, so I thought it would be fun for them. I'd also like to paint a wall in our home office with it to keep our schedule. The hall and the office are not next to each other.

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  54. Danielle,
    Well, if it isn't okay I'm in big trouble! (In my son's room, husband's office & here, not to mention two message boards!) Paint away and enjoy (in my opinion!)
    Janell

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  55. Oh happy joy! I only listed the 2 areas I wanted to paint, I figured if you knew everywhere that I want to paint with chalkboard, you'd think craziness ran in my blood!

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