17 May 2016

Our kitchen blackboard wall

When we were renovating our house there were a few little design features I insisted on. One was matching encaustic grey-scale patchwork tiles for our hallway and hearth. The other was a giant blackboard wall in our kitchen.





Ever since seeing blackboard walls in interior magazines a few years back I've dreamed of one. I've seen some great ideas to use blackboard paint on, including painting the side of your cupboards, painting a strip on a wall and framing it, and painting a one side of a pillar. Anything would have done it for me to be honest, but since we now own our own home I thought why not make a statement and have a great big black wall. 

Now we have it, and it has finally been conditioned and ready to go. I think it looks stunning in our kitchen. The black matches our grey-scale kitchen, and it just works. It creates a nice background in the kitchen and visually it is a strong element in the house.

The only improvement I would have  for it would have been to have it magnetised with a magnetic plaster. I came up with the idea sadly too late though - the same day it had been plastered over with a normal plaster. It might not be too late though - eventually (read: when we win the lottery) we plan to knock through that wall and do a little extension to work as a utilities room. And when that happens, magnetic plaster and blackboard paint will be used to repair the damage. 




mummy and daughter drawing a heart on a blackboard


Now we just have to come up with what to use this blackboard wall for. Weekly menus? Toddler art? Little love messages? All of those? We are looking forward to re-decorating it for my daughter's birthday soon! 

What would you use a blackboard wall for?










18 comments:

  1. Wow, it looks amazing! I like the idea of decorating it for a birthday or other seasonal events. I'd use it to make a list of all the things I'd like to do as a family - places to visit, crafts and activities to try and so on!

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    1. Yeah that's what we probably will mostly do - we already decorated it for Easter and it looked fab! I am a bit wary of using it for shopping lists as I fear it might look messy, but it would be quite practical too...

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  2. SUch a super idea, it's really lovely to have this kind of focal point in your family space and to get everyone involved with using it and decorating X #HomeEtc

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    1. Ha ha from this post you don't quite realise for how many yets I've been pining for a blackboard wall... My daughter loves drawing on it, a definite hit in our house :)

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  3. How lovely to have a blackboard wall in your kitchen and what a fun idea for helping to keep your daughter amused while you're getting dinner ready. I didn't even know you could get magnetised plaster - that sounds amazing :-)

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    1. Ah the magnetised plaster... I only learned about it when we were renovating and it seems like such a good idea. I've seen it in action too at a few exhibitions and it works really well!

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  4. That wall looks amazing, I am very jealous! I was thinking of doing something like that in one corner or my kitchen but not sure if it will look as good as yours!I didn't know you could have magnetic plaster, it sounds like a great idea

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    1. Magnetised plaster... It is really fab. I am thinking of using it in the office once we get round to renovating that bit. It works surprisingly well and creates a good strong magnetic bond.

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  5. Love it!! My sister has a smaller version in her kitchen, not quite whole wall and i think it's lovely xx

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    1. Thanks! It's so handy in a kitchen, and even at smaller sizes it packs a proper design punch :)

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  6. It has turned out really well Sanna. We did one in our kitchen last year and use it for tons of things - homework practice, grocery lists, reminders and meal plans. It is so handy and has made us cut down on paper a lot.
    #homeetc

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    1. Fab so I'm not the only one with a big wall like this :) it is quite a statement, but so far we have only used it for artwork. Will need to start using it for functional stuff too to really make it worth it.

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  7. I imagine that the chalkboard wall will really come into its own in Autumn/Winter when you can add lovely designs for Halloween and Christmas without the added price tag (or requirement of storage space) of other decorations :)

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    1. Definitely! That's what I was mostly planning using it for. For Easter we did a big 'Happy Easter' bunting on it with eggs and it looked fab. For the coming birthday party for our toddler we are decorating it with Paw Patrol things :D

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  8. Superb idea! Love how versatile it is! We had one in our kitchen at Centre Parcs and the children loved it! Thanks for linking up #HomeEtc xx

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    1. It is really great with kids, my daughter loves drawing on it! So much fun :) thank you for hosting!

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  9. As I said to you last week, I'd LOVE to do this one day!! We just don't have space at the mo. In our next house though maybe ;) Thanks so much for sharing :) Caro x
    #HomeEtc

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    1. One day, one day... It is a fun thing to have in your house so I do recommend it, you could even do just a little one at first :) thanks for hosting!

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