We recently bought a 1920s brick American Foursquare. It’s in excellent condition, but it needed some paint updates. The kitchen was renovated with top of the line appliances and custom cabinetry. Honestly, the kitchen is not the style I would have chosen if I’d been able to choose…but it’s beautiful and functional and I’ve never had a kitchen this nice. So, I’m not complaining. Unfortunately it was painted a sallow shade of egg yolk yellow which was bringing everything down. There isn’t a lot of wall space, but enough that the dull color was not adding anything to the conversation. I like a yellow kitchen, but not this shade of yellow and definitely not with the other elements in the room. Color creates mood, and I wanted to elevate things.
After trying out a variety of shades, we chose Ripe Pomegranate, from Lowe’s Valspar Reserve. It’s a highly saturated color from their higher end line, and well worth the extra expense. We renamed it “pernicious persimmon”, because it took about four coats and it’s so intense! We LOVE it!
DIY Chalkboard Wet Bar Wall
What you need: (These are affiliate links, if you click on a link and make a purchase we get a small percentage of the sale. That’s how we finance our DIY research.)
Rustoleum Chalkboard Paint
Paint Roller and Tray
PicMonkey or other Editing Software
Crayola Sidewalk Chalk
Chalk Ink Markers
Projector (This is one you can use with your phone!)
Previous owners had created a rustic handcrafted wet bar. As soon as I saw it, I knew the wall behind it would be perfect painted as a chalkboard. We removed the rustic bar elements. We applied Rustoleum Chalkboard Paint, three coats. Be sure to use painter’s tape around the edges and remove and reapply for each coat. I’d suggest cleaning the walls and consider priming before you paint for best adhesion. The wall was not very smooth, so we had to sand before painting and in between coats. Once the paint was dried, we used white Crayola chalk to season it. I rubbed it all over the board, wiped it off with a dry rag, repeated, and wiped it again with a wet rag.
We reattached the bar elements before we applied our graphics, which helped us with placement of our words and images. (We took the glassware down from the shelves before we started drawing so we didn’t break them!)
I used PicMonkey to create graphics in .jpeg format which we projected on to the wall. We positioned the projector on a ladder and connected our laptop to the projector. That’s Mr. Potter on the ladder, we worked together, which made it much faster and more fun!
We used Chalk Ink markers in white to trace the letters and images. These markers come in an array of colors so in future iterations I will likely add color. Unlike chalk, they won’t rub off or smear until you remove them. I recommend practicing with a chisel tip marker on a board before you start, though once you get a flow going it’s pretty easy. I wanted a Deco style font since our house was built in 1920, so I found one on a font site and uploaded it into my computer. If that’s too technical, fret not! PicMonkey has a whole array of great fonts from which to choose. We had to move the projected images around for best placement, then we secured the projector and continued.
Take your time, and if you make a mistake it’s easy to remove it with water or the marker eraser and start again.
It took about an hour and a half from start to finish. Every time I go to the kitchen, I smile!
Quick tip: When you go to change the images, use water or chalk marker remover and a cloth to remove the marker. Then follow up with a Magic Eraser to remove any shadows/ghost images left behind by the markers.
If you’re thinking a projector is too big of an investment, there are all sorts of things you can do with one around your house. Check out this amazing barn to studio makeover from Handmade Charlotte! Or make a mural on an indoor wall, using the projector as your guide.