Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Chalk It Up To Boredom

A couple of weeks ago, I had some time on my hands and I decided that the guest room, which also acts as my office, needed a little something. A useful focal point that would both be inviting to guests, but also allow me to be creative in the space.

I knew I wanted to do something to this wall.

I had seen a couple of cool photos of people making entire chalkboard walls with white frames layered on top and I really liked the effect.

I started by grabbing my chalkboard paint and giving the wall three good coats. It covered pretty well, so this part only took about an hour to complete.

Then, I decided to use a frame that I had laying around in the garage to display some small notes that we had. I actually found this frame sitting next to someone's garbage, so it was free. It's also pretty huge.

I gave it a good coat of primer, then paint. In the end, I had a nice giant, white frame.

I then flipped it over so it was face down and started attaching my string. I used regular twine and knotted one end. I then used the staple gun to staple close to the knot so that the tension would keep the twine straight across. I repeated this step on the other end of the twine after cutting it to size.

I repeated this every 6 inches down the frame until I was left with this.

The nice part about putting a frame on a chalkboard wall is that you can use the chalk to mark where you want to put your nails. This really made putting up the frame a breeze.

I then broke out my stash of clips and cards. I happened to have had them around, but buying a pack from the store is pretty cheap. They would be in the laundry aisle of any supermarket. The cute ones with arrows I picked up last year at Target for a dollar!

Then, I just put them on the frame. I just tried to visually balance how they were placed, but they can change out easily due to how they are attached.

Since I can't have a chalkboard wall and not draw something on it, I decided a nice big tree would make it feel inviting. The nice part about the open frame is that I can also draw inside of it.

Done! Another quick one day project. It really makes the space feel more creative. Do you have a chalkboard wall? If so, where? Let me know in the comments!

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