We painted our dining room chalkboard wall about two years ago now.
It's good for doodles when the buffet isn't blocking the wall. But mostly I use it for creating impactful art with the changing seasons – and occasionally just on a whim.
(I really should paint another one just for the kids to create on. Remind me sometime, would you?)
Anyway I thought it would be fun to try a few ideas and share them with you – you know just in case your freehand chalk drawing isn't awesome. (Mine isn't either – I like to use aids like rulers and projectors!)
I was thinking up ways to create a fun focal wall that everyone could do on a chalkboard wall – initially thinking I'd use the same stencil I used in our master bedroom.
Only when I went to find the stencil I remembered I'd lent it to my sister. #oops
So I wracked my brain (ouch!) trying to think of something else that would “fill” the wall without making me go looney toons with repetitive detail. Or make me want to shoot myself trying to measure and level all kinds of lines.
It's the funniest thing, what I ended up using…
It's true. A large matte for a picture frame.
DIY Easy Chalkboard Wall Design – Rectangles
- chalkboard wall
- picture frame matte
(You MAY want to be sure your ceiling is level but you could just eye ball it. Worst case you have to erase your chalk marks and start over.)
1. Start at the top left corner of the wall, lining up the outside left and top edges of the matte with the wall and the ceiling respectively. Use chalk to trace around the inside opening of the matte.
2. Move the matte over – lining up the left edge of the matte with the right chalk line and the top of the matte with the ceiling. Trace around the inside opening of the matte with chalk.
3. Repeat all the way across the wall.
4. For the next row simply line the left outside edge of the matte with the wall and the top outside edge with the bottom chalk line of the rectangle above it. Again trace around the inside opening of the matte with chalk.
5. Continue working left to right until you have a full wall of chalk rectangles!
There you have it – an unlikely tool to create a fun focal wall!
Do you have a chalkboard wall at your house? Would you paint one? How would you decorate it?
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