Chalk up another completed project
Here's our new kitchen "chalkboard":
(The wide angle lens distorted it a bit. It really is a rectangle...)
It was created with "chalkboard paint" directly on our kitchen wall. I was tempted to take it from floor to ceiling and door frame to door frame to maximize the writing space, but we decided to go with a more practical approach.
I have visions of different sections appearing on it, like What's Ready in the Garden, grocery and project lists, upcoming events and appointments, quotations, artwork from the kids (and the grown-ups), ucomping expenses, wish lists, random silliness... Like a giant inhouse blog... And of course in these visions, all this stuff is artfully adorned with colorful flourishes, like those creative menu boards in some cafes. Reality will probably be a little more utilitarian, but at least it doesn't make me feel like I'm in some godawful meeting at the office, like those dry-erase boards tend to do.
For what it's worth I did run across an article about making your own chalkboard paint in small batches. The advantage is you can use any color or type of (acrylic) paint you want. Of course, it'd take quite a while to paint a large area if you have to make it five teaspoons at a time...
At any rate, on with the flourishes...