Thursday, November 18, 2010

Kitchen Nook Art & Chalkboard Wall



I still love the result of the chalkboard art wall in my husband's home office! It's an interesting mix of these two approaches to dressing up a wall. And while I have been thinking of hanging art on the wall behind the kitchen nook table, it wasn't until I got the idea to paint a chalkboard stripe to frame the art did I get inspired to move the project forward.


I began by ordering a can of Strong Addiction from Hudson Paint. What a great name, referring to the color of a strong cup of coffee! And how fitting, as the one piece of artwork I knew I wanted to hang here was the I Love You Blogs and Coffee print by Jen Ramos.

After testing a spot of color on the wall, which looked so strong I had second thoughts, I taped out the stripe. I have to tell you, my husband had his doubts as well, but I reminded him (and myself!) that the chalk rubbed over the surface would soften the color significantly.


Next the wall was painted. I had thought about just painting a rectangle underneath the window, rather than running the paint all the way up from the baseboard to the window casing and up to the ceiling. However, I thought the tall sweep of color would feel less "chopped up" and help unify the window and future artwork.


Ah...much better, it is already less harsh.



A bit of rubbing followed by wiping and then deciding what art to hang. It's still a work in progress...I'll show you where it lands tomorrow.

38 comments :

  1. With references to coffee, this is bound to have a brilliant outcome. I will stay tuned.

    -Rene

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  2. Man that looks good! Ive never seen a chalk rubbing before-interesting. That brown makes the shades really pop! Looks good!

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  3. Man that looks good! Ive never seen a chalk rubbing before-interesting. That brown makes the shades really pop! Looks good!

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  4. Terrific idea. Can't wait to see how it all comes together.

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  5. I can't wait to see the finished project. This is going to look great. I'm happy you decided to go all the way up with your color.
    And you look fancy doing your chalk rubbing. I usually do that kind of work in my painting sweats.
    No wonder my husband gives me a raised eye-brown when he comes home & sees me.

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  6. Love the color. It looks like the color I painted my whole kitchen. Great idea. Hugs, Marty

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  7. I love that you used brown as your chalkboard paint. I don't think people realize that chalkboard paint is tintable. That roman shade fabric is gorgeous!

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  8. Funny Mary, did you notice I even have a wool scarf around my neck? I was cold...I guess chalk rubbing isn't enough of a workout to warm one up!
    Janell

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  9. so...did you just use any paint or is this coffee color a chakboard paint?

    Very cool. Cuppa Joe cool!

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  10. A perfect spot for another chalkboard. I will tune in to see it all done!
    Londen

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  11. I love chalkboards walls no matter where they are in a home

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  12. I love your roman shade...such cute fabric! I've been wondering what I could make w/ the teal/blue version it comes in. Can't wait to see the final chalkboard wall!

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  13. Oh Janell, you never ever ever ever disappoint.

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  14. love that color!

    I just created a tiny mudroom and mixed a cup of the paint that we used on the board and batten (MS's bedford gray) with 1/2 cup floetrol (could use glaze) and 2Tbs. unsanded grout. I painted the door, sanded, and now have a chalkboard door the same color as the rest of the wood in the mudroom. Between coats, I put the paint cup and brush in a plastic zip bag in the fridge. I was skeptical but it was so cheap and turned out great.
    xx
    amy

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  15. You targeted a great spot to do this. I like the idea of taking an underutilized space and making it functional - It is a great color too!

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  16. Janell, I just love that picture of your cute little self on the floor rubbing the chalk all over. Did Isabella take the picture? I even love how the wall looks at this point. I would consider using that as a treatment in and of itself somewhere, but maybe the chalk dust would be problematic... Anywho, can't wait to see the finished product.
    Hugs,
    Michiganhome

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  17. Wow, onother great idea... btw, I did make the chalkboard DIY that you made before to be hang at my kitchen, but to my surprised there no wall that will fit it( too big).
    My girls end up using it when they're playing school pretend :)

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  18. I ALWAYS feel unsure for a day or two after I do some kind of paint change in our house. I just tell myself, "If I don't like it, I can repaint!" and then I'm fine a couple of days later!!

    Sarahx

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  19. Yes, I tell people this all the time. Anything new in the house, from paint to a new sofa can feel strange at first, simply because your eye is used to how things were before. I suggest waiting for a couple days and then revisiting it, and things nearly always feel right after this period of time!

    Still working on which art to hang on this wall...

    Janell

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  20. It's looking great Janell. I'm partial to strong browns...I like the idea of brown chalkboard paint...can't wait to see it with the art!

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  22. What a great idea. Love your technique of hand rubbing the chalk in. Can't wait to see the finished product. I'm confident it will look Amazing !!

    Stella

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  23. I don't mind admitting, when I read the text introducing this project, I wasn't at all sure about it, but I can already see it's going to look amazing!
    Thank you *so* much for updating your blogroll, I really appreciate the link. I need to add an entire links section to my new format.
    Meantime, I have a $75 CSN giveaway (easy-peasy, just leave a comment) and would love for you to enter!

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  24. Ha, ha...I know some of you all are having your doubts! I actually kind of like that, it makes me work harder to pull it off! :)
    Janell

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  25. that is fabulous...LOVE how you striped it all the way to the ceiling!

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  26. It's looking really good..can't wait to see the reveal. Love the name color..fun like OPI Nail polish colors. Oh! and look at you styl'n with that scarf on while you are doing your project!
    Maureen

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  27. I'm intrigued! I love how the curtains pop with the color now. Can't wait to see how it turns out!

    ~Michaela

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  28. Everything you touch turns to gold. I have NO doubts that it will be gorgeous! Brown paint--of COURSE! You're brilliant.

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  29. Can't wait to see the finished project- couldn't help but notice the fabric on your shade- it's perfect. Do you mind sharing what it is?

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  30. Oh, I love the look of this so far...what a creative idea!

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  31. Hi Antinette,
    Here is the link to the fabric, by Thomas Paul at Calico Corners, Aviary in Earth! One of my favorite fabrics! Good luck with all your decorating projects! Janell

    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

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  32. Girl you are working that chalkboard paint! And you are right about giving a new project a few days before changing your mind. I hated that blue in the boys room at first but now I love it! AND...I've been painting my family room and living room. I'm using Accessible beige and Virtual taupe. Wasn't sure at first, but after putting up a very large "swatch" I fell in love!

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  33. Funny Lakietha, but yes, after this I think I must donate all remaining chalkboard paint in my house so as to restrain myself from using any more of it!! But...it is just so much fun!

    Glad you are loving your paint colors! Janell

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  34. What a great idea! Love love the fabric for the window shade as well :). Gotta love Calico Corners!

    Morgan @ PDB

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  35. I'm really intrigued with this project you're working on, Janell! I love the rich coffee color you've chosen and can't wait to see it all complete. The fabric on your window shade is beautiful!

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  36. Love the Coffee color!!!! Such a nice change from Black!!! I especially love the window covering, gorgeous!!! You have the best taste in fabric!

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  37. Fun seeing you in action :) Is there not a chalkboard paint company out there that wants to use you as their spokes model?! You'd be perfect.

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  38. Love Max's artwork! So worth the $5.99! Love this idea by the table. How did you hang the artwork?

    Megan

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