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The Classroom, er, I Mean, Kitchen!

March 24, 2010

I’m so excited to show you a house-project I finished recently. I’m also one trip to Lowe’s away from finishing this… but I may wait another week or two before the threat of a frost is gone. (I’m super excited about how it’s turned out though, although I wish it hadn’t taken me seven months to finish.)

So before I left to take care of my dad a few weeks ago, I had a free weekend. It was a little too cold outside to do much yard work, so I got crazy and decided to do a little painting. I have never really liked our stark white fridge (nothing is wrong with white refrigerators, but all of our other appliances are black), so I decided to try out chalkboard paint I’ve seen used by other bloggers.

Here’s the before picture of the refrigerator. (Yes, that is a picture of Tate and Cole, two very cute little guys that I adore.)

Here are the supplies that I used:

  • Valspar Chalkboard Paint
  • blue paint tape
  • a plate to hold the paint
  • sponge brushes
  • scissors
  • a level to adjust the blue tape
  • plenty of wiping rags
  • cardboard and scrap sheets to cover the floors

First, I taped off where I wanted to paint. Not only was I planning on painting one whole side but I wanted to paint a box where my grocery list would go. Now, you may think this is crazy, but I feel a little guilty for wasting 52 sheets of paper a year just to go to the grocery store. I knew that there was some fun way for me to save paper… and the permanent grocery list on the fridge was the best I could do! (You’re probably also asking: “But don’t you have to transfer the list on the fridge to a piece of paper for when you go to the store?” And my answer to you, clever friend, is that I take a picture of my list on my Blackberry camera. So, I just refer to my phone while at Publix, then delete the picture when I get home!)

(A friend was there to help me put up the tape.)

Next, I just started painting away! There are several helpful tips I could share to enlighten you on how to paint something, but the blog Making It Lovely did an awesome tutorial with tons of guidelines and advice on how to paint anything like a pro. I really appreciate the effort she put into this guide, and it’s definitely worth a look before you tackle your next project.

I actually put on three coats of paint. Below, Lucy and I wait for the paint to dry (ie: Lucy got bored with my activities).

And, voila! Shortly after, I had a very cool spot for my grocery list and a whole side to draw and play on. But, I confess: I had several issues with my blue tape. Either it didn’t stick fully to where I wanted, or it pulled up some paint on the edges. I compromised because I liked the look as a whole, and thanks to Jan’s Christmas gift magnet, you can’t see my mistake!

Overall, it was a very fun, easy DIY project that I really enjoyed completing. Plus, it had dramatic results in fewer than 48 hours!

9 Comments leave one →
  1. Kim and Zab permalink
    March 24, 2010 2:46 pm

    This time, I just had to progress beyond my email version of Kate Schmate to the web to leave a comment on such a unique idea. Question #1: is that black paint on the floor? Question #2: is that a copyrighted cowboy on your finished work or did your daddy already transfer the rights to his trademark to his only beloved daughter? Question #3: could I, being ancient with bad eyesight, be able to read a grocery list from my phone? I think not. You’re BRILLIANT, K8!

  2. March 24, 2010 2:48 pm

    1. Of course that’s not paint on the floor! I was very careful.

    2. I assume the trademark was passed! ;)

    3. Surely you could read the list on your phone… but YOU might just need to get a bigger screen on your phone. :)

  3. Heat permalink
    March 25, 2010 7:42 am

    Dearest K8:

    I love this idea. HOWEVER, why don’t you just make the grocery list on the BB to begin with using the tasks function or whatever its called?

  4. March 25, 2010 9:19 am

    Heat, good call. But, I’m not the only one that adds to the grocery list! :)

  5. Stu permalink
    March 25, 2010 4:05 pm

    Yeah, our lives really changed in a lot of ways when Lucy learned to write.

  6. Rachael permalink
    March 25, 2010 9:42 pm

    I Love this! I actually just helping one of my friends paint his room with chalkboard paint, and it turned out really well, but as you pointed out, your version was a weekend project, not a whole week :) (better cause you can play with it faster!) heehee.

  7. MamaStu permalink
    March 29, 2010 1:25 pm

    Cute idea! Cuter helper!!! Love you Lucy! ~Nanny


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