But so what? Forget style. Forget fashion. I like a chalkboard for the pure practically of it. So much more appealing than a whiteboard, so much more retro than a message centre. A chalkboard reminds me of my childhood. It fills space. It's dark and moody (if you choose it to be). It's Martha approved.
Here are the two chalkboard pics I found most inspiring in the last six months or so:
I didn't. Instead, I took up chalkboard making.
I made a big, fat, honking chalkboard out of a door.
Initially, I wanted to use a vintage door. Something garbage-picked. But the doors I've spied in the trash lately all had too much paneling or too much chippy paint to contend with. And I had this gift certificate for Home Depot just lying around...
It had a white laminate coating on it, so I primed it before laying on the chalkboard paint. Were I to do it again, I would use a roller and buy more paint. As it was, I used a small foam brush, and made a teeny tiny jar of paint stretch a very long way. It was more labour intensive than it should have been.
I seasoned the board with a bit of chalk, rubbed it all down, and am now ready to go.
I'm sure I'll get used to it. What do you think?