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.
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?