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A Chalkboard Wall Might NOT Be For You If…

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Several months ago, I jumped on the bandwagon and created a chalkboard wall in my house using chalkboard paint.

I painted the back of our pantry door – in the kitchen. I had big plans for grocery lists, honey-do lists and happy toddlers spending hours drawing on the door.

After living with it for a few months, I can honestly say that I’m not sure that a chalkboard wall (in the kitchen) is really for us.

A chalkboard wall (or door) might NOT be for you if:

You don’t like your handwriting. Seriously – your handwriting is about to become a major part of your room decor.

You don’t like your husband’s handwriting (see above.)

Your kids can’t draw.

Sorry kids – you’re cute, but you can’t draw.

Your kids think that chalk is for sidewalks/floors.

You don’t have a friend like Maggie to come to the rescue with a cute drawing.

You don’t really care to have a black wall or door in your home (because it’s definitely black.)

Your husband likes to plan out your weekend schedule, hour by hour.

You don’t care for chalk dust.

You don’t want to spend three naptimes in a row painting a chalkboard wall only to have your kids lose interest in it immediately.

Picture look familiar? We wrote on it for Father’s day – and this is what it looked like on Thanksgiving… Seriously.

Your husband thinks it’s funny to write things next to what you’ve written. He thinks it’s really funny – only you don’t really get it… but you think it might be dirty.

While I still love chalkboard paint, I’m not sure that using it to cover such a large area in our kitchen was the best decision. I’ll probably paint over it at some point – right after I get a new kitchen floor and paint my fireplace

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  1. Modern Day Disciple

    December 8, 2011 at 11:32 am

    And to think I was soooo jealous when you got it!
    Thanks for the reality check!

  2. Shari Lynne @ Faith Filled Food For Moms and Grandmothers

    December 8, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Ha! I was going to do this but I knew that this would happen. so I painted over an old picture in a nice picture frame. It's really kids still use it for writing silly messages on.

    By the way…I think you should keep it up because you draw THE cutest family pics. 🙂


  3. Athelda Ensley

    December 8, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    Ours is a dry erase board, strategically placed in our breakfast area. Although we're officially done with homeschool, they board stays up. It's a place for announcements now, more so than teaching. Our board has served us well! Hope yours will too!!!

  4. Heather

    December 8, 2011 at 7:22 pm

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  5. Latoya @ The Scott's Crib

    December 8, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    Lol, that is hilarious! That's something my hubby would do:)

  6. becauseithinkican

    December 8, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    Thanks for he warnings! I have thought often about a chalkboard wall, but always viddod (sp?) it because of all of the above! I will try to stop thinking about it now!


  7. folkhaven

    December 9, 2011 at 5:11 am

    I've been thinking about doing this at some point. Your reality check definitely give me food for thought. Another concern I have is that I'm sure it wouldn't be long before my son tried writing on it with crayon… what do you do then, can you just paint over it again with more chalkboard paint? I'm not sure the paint would stick where the wax of the crayon is…

  8. purplesunset24

    December 9, 2011 at 6:45 am

    Thanks for posting this.

  9. Madison

    December 9, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    LOL! I def will not be carrying out my plans for a chalkboard wall.

    Madison xxx

  10. Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

    December 10, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    LOL! These are the exact reasons I have not used chalk board paint anywhere!

  11. [email protected] Creative Family Moments

    December 12, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    I love that you posted that. Sounds just like my family and you gave me a great laugh on a monday morning!

  12. Libby

    December 12, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    hhahaha best post ever! I had the same thoughts (about disliking the idea) but thank you for confirming them. I can't wait to see what you do to change it up! Found you on skip to my lou!

  13. Shiloh

    December 12, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    Haha, you have some awesome points that I don't think I would have thought of. Like the handwriting thing.:) I've thought of inside cabinet doors though. Maybe that would work.:) Thanks for sharing.:)

  14. Laura @ Laura's Crafty Life

    December 13, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    That is pretty funny! I always see these and have thought I would maybe do something similar, but I think you are right about all of it!! 🙂

  15. Kristle Jones

    December 13, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    OMG – soo made me laugh! I was considering doing this and did a large chalkboard at "kid level" for awhile and then decided to forgo the entire chalkboard door I had planned for these same reasons!

    Found you from Tip Junkie –

    xo Kristle

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  17. Kristiana

    January 4, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    I always wondered how it would look after the first week… I guess I was right. I thought I’d mention though, that you CAN do chalkboard paint in different colors. Any color you want actually. Martha Stewart has a cheap recipe for chalkboard paint that’s floating around on Pinterest. Thanks for the heads up!

  18. Marcia (123 blog)

    January 12, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Oh a chalkboard wall is definitely not for me – I can’t STAND the dust and it feels untidy to me. Oh and the sound the chalk makes. Lord, kill me now!

  19. laurie

    March 4, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    magic erasier works great

  20. Lena Lille

    March 25, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Hi Anna.
    I just have to leave a comment for you. I have no idea how i came over your blog. But i did. And i absolutely love it!! It´s my favourite at the time, and i leave your blog with a big smile, every single time!!

    A blogpost like this: It´s perfect!!!
    This is reality and this is life. 🙂 I absolutely love it. Thank you.
    (And for the first time, i got my own “Even Steven” to read a blogpost without roling his eyes) “Finaly somebody real out there…”

    Thanks from Lena. 🙂
    (I´m sorry my blog is in norvegian… I´ll work on that one… some day in the future…)

  21. Go Kid Yourself

    January 13, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    I know, right… I HATE my stinkin’ handwriting!
    hahahaha, great post 🙂

  22. Meggen

    January 13, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    This is hilarious! Way too true! I think you have convinced me…well actually I have stay cleared from such things for the simple reason that I too hate my own handwriting…but just in case I start to think about it again I will for sure remember your warnings. Thanks for the laughs!

  23. amaebi519

    January 14, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    I was going to do one in my playroom, but the custodian at our school changed my mind. He said that chalk dust is terrible for the respiratory system, and that’s why the school board was spending so much money taking chalkboards out of our rooms and replacing them with whiteboards. Not sure how much it affected me during my schooling (I think I’m alright!), but my husband has asthma, so not sure if our kids will or not. Food for thought…

  24. Ivy

    December 28, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    After you painted it did you HAVE to color the whole thing with chalk? On my can it says after 3 days color the whole thing and I painted a whole wall in my room with it. It looks great but want to know if it’s absolutely necessary… ?

  25. Ivy

    December 28, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    They make chalks that don’t produce much dust at all!

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