So, I’m driving to my doctor’s appointment on Thursday when I get this niggling feeling that my appointment was changed from Thursday to Friday. (Yes, I do things like that… with scarily increasing frequency!) I call my husband and ask him to double check this thought for me and yes, my appointment was for the next day. Luckily, I realized this when I was right near the exit for our closest Goodwill store. Of course, to not waste the whole trip, I decide to check out Goodwill. I walk in the door and right there, right inside the door looking at me is an old classroom type chalk board.  I look around the room thinking someone must have set this here while they shop. I tentatively pick it up waiting for someone to holler, “Hey that’s mine!” No one yells as I carry it to the counter and ask them to set it aside while I look around. It was mine! Oh, and did I mention? The price was $6.97! SCORE!

I knew right where I wanted to put my lovely new chalk board: on a blank wall in my kitchen.Kitchen Refresh Before PhotoI know- it’s really messy. I thought that would add to the dramatic “after” photo. I could have just hung the chalkboard here, but that brown paneling has annoyed me since we moved in 7 years ago. I kept saying I would change it, but not until I had a plan.

Now, I had a plan! I wanted to hang the chalk board and paint the wall. I looked into chalk painting the wall because you can supposedly paint over anything with chalk paint without using a primer. But when I saw the price of chalk paint and how much it would cost to paint this wall? Um, no. I knew I’d leave the chalkboard as is- green with a natural wood frame. My cabinets are white and I’ve been thinking about painting this dresser a different color for a little pop in the kitchen. I needed a paint color that would lend itself to that. In my head I decided on yellow before heading out to the paint store. A creamy yellow, no more specific than that. I’m pretty careful and cautious when choosing paint for a client, but I’m pretty rash about choosing color for my own home! I didn’t even bring a paint chip home. I just looked at all the yellows and thought, “That one!” It is called Rise and Shine by Clark & Kensington. So I bought it and brought it home and got to work with my 6’4″ son who can pretty much reach everything without a ladder! I have to say- it took a coat of primer and 2 coats of paint to cover that terrible paneling. We also had to touch up some areas 2 or 3 more times before it was really and truly covered.

Our kitchen looks so much brighter! I love the chalk board. I’m no chalk board artist, though! I picture this as a great place to leave phone messages, reminders and notes to each other. Now I just have to spiff up that dresser!

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