Monday, November 5, 2012

Chalk Board love in the kitchen

 I (like many of you) currently have a love of chalkboards. I even have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to them!!! They are so versatile and add such a cute charm to most spaces. I knew I wanted to add one to the kitchen cabinets as soon as they were finished, and so I got it done as soon as I could.
I made a template from paper and used it to trace onto a piece of thin masonite from the hardware store. Then hubby used a little saw and cut it out for me. A little sanding on the edges and it fit almost perfectly into the recessed panel of the cabinet.  Then a applied 3 coats of Rustoleum's black chalkboard paint with a foam roller. Right now it stays in just fine with a little friction, but if I ever need to, I'll add a little bit of velcro to keep it in. I didn't want to paint the chalk paint directly onto the cabinet because doing the fancy chalkboard art lettering is much easier on a horizontal surface. Plus, this way I haven't done anything permanent to the cabinetry.

 I know I have a long way to go in practicing my lettering, but I still love the way it turned out and it is already proving to be a much used feature in the kitchen.

53 comments:

Sandra Kaye said...

I think it looks great!!! Your whole kitchen looks wonderful!!

butterfly said...

Beautiful! Wonderful idea, perfectly executed!
Alison x

Valery said...

This is an idea I have had in my head for a while now, and now that I see yours, I must do it. What a beautiful job you did and your lettering is perfect. Thanks again for the inspiration and a much needed "push".

melanie said...

that is so very cute! we are moving to a rental, and I never thought about covering the cabinet door with another board! thanks so much for the idea!

gracie said...

It looks great..nice job.

Sheila said...

Karen,
This looks fantastic! I love the shape of your cabinet front...hope your day was awesome!

Smiles,
Sheila

Diane said...

I've been practicing my lettering for years and mine still doesn't look as pretty as this does. I love your little chalk board and it fits in beautifully in your newly done kitchen. Diane

Shelia said...

I love it and it looks great! Wonderful looking writing on it too! I just love your cozy kitchen.
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

pballard said...

Love how it turned out. Great job. Love your blog also.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I think your lettering looks perfect, Karen! I love this! It suits this door wonderfully and it looks like it was painted right on the door. Such a great idea.

Lea also known as "CiCi" said...

That is just too cute and goes so well in your newly remodeled kitchen.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

That is a great idea, and practical too...Love your kitchen!

Carol

Lorraine said...

Great idea, hard to lose this grocery list! Haven't been to visit for awhile - love your new header and blog design!

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Hi Karen, That looks great and it was such a clever idea to make the chalk board removable.
Hugs,
Julia

Eileen said...

It looks AWESOME! The lettering is very pretty. I try different styles of lettering, it is so -so, and maybe someday the calligraphy will not look like I am in kindergarden :-) Your style is amazing ♥

Shabby chic Sandy said...

I love this--it looks so good! A chalkboard makes a house look so homey and personal. I just wish I was as talented as you are at your lettering. I am not good at it at all! Your lettering looks great :)

Atelier Wiba said...

Hello,

it is a great idea... and I love your kitchen!!!! The kitchen is sooo wonderful! I hope that my kitchen would get the warm atmosphere of yours (...you can see my kitchen in my last post).
I love your blog also... ;O)))))

Best wishes from Germany
Ute

morkaren said...

Jeg ville elske at lave mad i dette køkken, det er så skønt, ser helt fantastisk ud. knus morkaren.

Tracie Dean said...

LOVE it!! I think your new kitchen looks amazing but I just love the chalkboard!! Gives it character.

Beth said...

I love it, Karen! It really looks great.

Bente said...

Beautiful kitchen and a great idea.

cindy craine said...

I love it! You are so creative! Can you come do my house now???? Have a great week sweetie! Talk to you soon, xoxo- cin

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

That's darling in your kitchen. I wouldn't want to permanently paint my cabinet either...you came up with a great solution.

WhiteWhispers2u said...

That looks awesome! I wish I had a cabbinet door to do that myself~Cheers Kim

Creative Wings Boutique said...

now that is a GREAT idea and now i want your kitchen cabinets...hugs

Helen B. @ Blue Eyed Beauty Blog said...

Absolutely adore this!!

Helen
Blue Eyed Beauty Blog

Lucys Baby said...

so cute

Missy George said...

Looks great..love your kitchen..

Teresa Young said...

love love your chalkboard idea!
hugs, Teresa

Marlynne said...

You did a great job! a Fun new addition to your kitchen!

Rhonda said...

That is crazy clever and so me!!
Love your kitchen and then you seem to always add more fabulous touches.

Wanda @ Just Vintage said...

What a great idea! And your lettering looks perfect.

Kim @ La Belle Époque said...

This is a great idea, Karen! It looks awesome!

hula-la said...

What a beautiful blog!!! Not sure how I found you, but glad I did!

http://outofhand-altered.blogspot.com

vicki said...

Karen-- only you could do this and I absolutely love the chalkboard in your kitchen-- which by the way/- continues to amaze me because it is so gorgeous!!

You are so so blessed--
Vicki

Sheila R - Blessed and Distressed said...

Love your lettering and the great idea! Beautiful!!!

Art and Sand said...

I am in love with your chalkboard. What beautiful lettering you did. I debated on doing chalkboard doors on an armoire, but didn't follow through. Our kitchen clock is also a chalkboard, but it isn't beautiful writing- just a practical message board.

Ava Gavloski said...

perfect, thanks for sharing the details on how to get the look
ava g

Ivy and Elephants said...

I think you lettering is fabulous! Absolutely wonderful! The kitchen really looks elegant and inviting.

Paula

Connie said...

Your chalk board is delightful . . . love that triple sink, too.
Great kitchen :)

Have a joyful day,
Your blogging sister, Connie :)

slowlaneblog.com said...

It looks wonderful and adds just the right touch to your kitchen. And I would never have guessed that it is on a separate board!!!

Deborah said...

It is perfect!
Love how it fits so good with your kitchen!
Im a lover of chalkboard too!

Deborah ;)

vicki said...

Karen- I meant to tell you that my Mother had the most wonderful chalkboard in her kitchen. Somehow and without thinking-/ my sisters and I let that board go in the estate sale. It's always been one of my biggest regrets--
Vicki

Enjoying the Epiphany said...

HI, I am your newest follower and was hoping that you'd stop on by my blog and follow me back!

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Thanks,
Sarah

vintageandart said...

Fantastic idea...and how clever to use a template instead of directly onto the cupboard door.

Kadee @KadeeWillow said...

Practice, schmatrice! That lettering looks amazing! And what a clever idea to utilize the cabinet door. Never would have thought of that one. Mine is from an auction out in the country and hangs by the backdoor. I can always use a reminder, before I head out, of what I need to pick up at the store!

EllenaElizabeth said...

Lovely job there Karen and I love the position of the chalkboard on the diagonal like that, it's a real feature of your new kitchen. Lucky duck with your new kitchen...when we move hopefully I can get one too.

Ann said...

Your chalkboard looks so chic! And, if you hand-lettered that, you've got talent. I'd love to have a chalkboard feature in my kitchen or laundry room, but my handwritten (printing, too) is so bad, even I can't read it! I'm a new follower.

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Dang! That looks adorable... May I suggest FunTak to keep your board in place? I think it may go by a different name now, but it's made by Dap and I think you can get it Lowe's or Home Depot. It'll keep that baby stuck right there without damaging the wood.... and will roll right off when you want to remove it. I actually use it to hold numbers and a metal plaque on my interior doors... Works like a charm.

Blessings,
Spencer

DaisyExpress said...

Hi Karen

I had seen your new lovely updoo on your kitchen but just popped by and love the addition of the blackboard. It looks fantastic. I love blackboards.

My best, Sheryl :-)

Pendra said...

I like you, have also been doing a bit of a kitchen re-do...not as BIG a yours, but wow is it a lot of work! Your kitchen is so beautiful and full of so much inspiration to me...now I just have to do this on one of my cabinets! It is adorable and your printing/chalking is beautiful!
Crafty Hugs,
Pendra

lisa_d said...

So pretty. If I had a kitchen like that I would definitely need to learn to cook a little better. Wish my kitchen is like that too. :)

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tracy said...

I'm in love with your kitchen and your beautiful decorating. Csme over from Mockingbird Hill Cottage and haven't left yet lol Your ideas are so inspiring ~ thank you for sharing.

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