The Writing on the Wall: Our new chalkboard wall!

The wall in our living room used to look like this.

 

Living Room Wall Before

 

 

 

It needed a little somethin’ somethin’. At first I thought that might be grasscloth. But my budget told me otherwise. It said, “Keep looking. You can find something for less money.”

 

As the painter’s tape in the photo might lead you to (correctly) guess, paint won this contest. But first, there were other contenders.

 

Like a photo mural wall!

 

 

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I saw this wall graphic at McConnel’s Ice Cream on State St. and thought, “Bingo! I’ll use a black and white photo, have a company blow it up to the size of our wall, and we’ll stick it up with wallpaper adhesive.”

 

 

JB likes jazz so I toyed with the idea of an old, grainy photo from a jazz club. Like this, but less French. Romantic, oui?

 

French Cafe KissImage via French Culture

 

The concept that a photo could give the illusion our wall actually receded in space, and thus make our living room appear even larger, was intriguing. But when I considered that photos with persons might also give the (somewhat creepy) impression that strangers were hanging out with us in our living room, I nixed the plan of having people in the photos.

 

And switched to nature themes. Like a road leading to nowhere.

 

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This is actually a wallpaper which you can find here. But it felt a bit desolate.

 

 

I do like this birch tree wallpaper, but it is already everywhere….

 

CNwoodpaper

 

 

So I considered a natural version of it, like this.

 

 

Birch treesVia Fine Art America

 

Alas, it felt too wintery to feel right in spring and summer. Darn.

 

Nothing seemed quite right. I was like the Goldilocks of wallpapers. And I was still stymied by not knowing if I used a photo I took myself, who could blow it up to 10′ 3″ wide x 8′ tall we needed for our wall without blowing our budget at the same time.

 

REIThis is the photo mural behind the counter at our local REI.  It’s fabulous and fabulously large, but a wee bit dramatic for everyday living room viewing.

 

 

In the end, chalkboard paint was the winner. Yes it has been done. And then done some more, but the scribbles and art we’ll draw on it will be our own. Also, while we’re still in the remodeling phase and making up our minds about permanent choices, something that is less of an investment, easily changed–but fun, nonetheless–felt right.

 

 

Here it is in all its graffiti glory: our new chalkboard wall…

 

Chalkboard Wall After

 

I like that now we can write humongous To Do or Reminder lists.

 

 

Here’s the very first thing we wrote on the wall after a late night viewing of the, oft underrated, film Karate Kid.

 

Chalkboard Miyagi2 copy

 

My assessment of having a chalkboard wall?  Not only is it entertaining, but it feels like having a rotating art installation in your own living room. And at only $20 for the two coats we needed for our wall, the price came in at “Heck yeah!”

 

Note: I don’t think we’ll do this, but it did occur to me that we could add crown molding on all sides and paint the molding a metallic gold, thus making the wall read like a gigantic gilded picture frame with a chalkboard center.

 

 

Gilded Molding

Like a minimalist’s version of this. If you’re game, you can buy the molding here.

 

 

But, for now, I think we’re treating this wall as a “Let’s see how long we like this” element, so adding molding wouldn’t be so wise. Without the addition of gold molding, we can rest easy knowing the day we decide we need say a white wall on which to adhere a black and white photo of a rambling road, we can change the wall–with the stroke of a brush!

 

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