DIY Chalkboard

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For a while now, I've been wanting to do something to my kitchen to make it more "homey". Everything but the appliances in our kitchen need to be upgraded. However, us poor newlyweds have no money to do a full kitchen remodel so we take little DIY steps to help make our house better (and better looking).

Below is how we did our own DIY Chalkboard. The finished product really made out kitchen feel more "homey".
As we were doing this project, I took the time to document it for you guys!
These are not perfect step by step directions but you can get a rough idea how to do one yourself.


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Now as I write this, I am not home to get actual measurements of the size of our bored.
When I measured it, I didn't have any "set measurements", I just went by my eyes and measured how big and wide I wanted it. So, I would say don't worry about having "set measurements" to much. Just make it the size you want. It is your chalkboard for goodness sake! lol.
Once you know how big you would like your board. Use painters tape (aka blue tape) to tape out the board on the space of wall you would like it on.
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Then, get to painting. We used a Chalkboard paint by Valspar and it worked really well.

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I ended up doing about 4 coats. But don't fret friend! 
It dries REALLY quickly so you will be able to paint another coat after about a half an hour or so.

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After your final coat let the entire thing sit for 24-48 hours.

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After 24-48 hours take a pice of chalk and rub it up and down all over your chalkboard. This is called "seasoning the board" and will help make whatever you write on your board first not be permanently shown on the board.
After your have rubbed the chalk all over it, take a damp rag or sponge and wipe your chalk bored and it should look like the picture below.

 DIY ChalkBoard

And Tada!
My husband bought and cut the trim to the measurements of the square to make the board look more finished.

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It was a pretty easy project. The only thing I didn't do that I wished I would have done was sanded the wall down a little before painting. There were some spots towards the top that were a bit bumpy from the wall but other than that it turned out rather fine.

Till next time friends!
~Samantha~

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