This is my second post today because I know I promised you this yesterday.
So, on a whim yesterday, I bought blackboard paint and painted a few things. First, I did walls in my kids' rooms. Here is Bobby's (he got the better deal - you'll see why):
To the far left is the door to come in. There's that weird cutout space behind the door where we used to hang all of his baseball hats. It was super cute, but he eventually outgrew them all and doesn't really wear hats anymore. So that's where the chalkboard went (I moved the hamper - It doesn't usually sit in the center of the room):
Here is another view. He immediately drew a picture of his fish tank and a to do list below it. It's kind of hard to excite a 12.5 year old about anything decor-related, so it made me so happy that he wanted to draw before the paint was even dry.
His to-do list, with little boxes checked off, which I find adorable: "Read, take a shower, clean room, feed fish, put clothes away"). He has his father's handwriting.
A note about the paint - it does not look grainy like this in real life. I didn't want to use a flash, so I had to lift the shadows on the photos in my photo-editing program. So that makes it look grainy. In real life its smooth and uniformly dark, dark gray (not quite black). Well, you all know what a blackboard looks like - it looks just like that.
Then Ellie's room. She got screwed, but is too little to realize it, thank god. She didn't have a good wall to do - the cutout in her room, also behind the door, has a bookcase on it. So I had to do the back of her door:
The panels make it kind of hard to draw, but she's a happy little thing who thanked me profusely and didn't complain once :)
The paint is SO easy to use (spreads like butter, only took one coat - seriously, this whole thing took like 20 minutes, including edging). So, I had extra paint and extra time, so I wandered around the house looking for things to paint.
And this is what I came up with. Am I the first to do the side of the fridge, so I have a blackboard AND a magnetic surface? If I am, I'm a total genius. But I assume I'm not the first. What I really assume is that I must have seen it somewhere and put it in the back of my mind to store for later, when I could take credit for it as if it were my own idea :)
The side of our fridge was already black, so it didn't change the look a bit, just the functionality.
Oh, and see the mirror leaning against the wall in the background? It is a 4 foot tall quatrefoil for $129 at Home Goods. It's for my sister, who mentioned that she's been looking for one for ages.
This is what it has come to in our house. I now tag things with notes like this for my husband, since he comes home to new decorating stuff laying around almost every day. That note says "Not for us. Don't freak!"
Anyway, the chalkboard paint is AWESOME and I'm so glad I did it :)
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And on my other blog, Mary Jane's Makeup, today:
"Genius! Why Didn't I Think of This?"
This stuff is AWESOME: