Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Chalk paint, yes or no?






99 comments:

slip4 said...

YES!

Gypsy Lynne said...

i love it. it makes a room feel nice and casual!

Anonymous said...

I say no. Why would I choose to have smudgy chalky walls? Also, if you bump up against them, which I inevitably would, then I'm all chalky. It seems gimmicky to me. Get a damn chalkboard.
T

Anonymous said...

LOVE IT! Haven't done it yet but I guess it is as chic as whatever one writes/draws in it. Now comes in any color, but I think the original black/charcoal color is best.

Jason said...

I'm going to hedge - yes in kitchen/dining rooms, no everywhere else. Double-no in the bathroom. I feel very strongly about that, for reasons that escape me.

Bromeliad said...

Chalk paint: yes
Chalk: no

It's so....chalky.

Lolo said...

In restaurants and daycares, sure. In my home, the temptation to write "fuck off, get your own damned grub or come meet me at the bistro." would be too great.

Anonymous said...

Yes, in the right setting - it's so subjective. We did it on a short wall at the entry to our kitchen and everyone loves it - it's in such a location that no one ever bumps up against it. It does require diligent clean-up: writing always generates chalk dust on the floor beneath it, and wiping with a damp cloth takes a few passes.

Our content frequently changes: favorite inspirational witticisms, hubby's funny doodles, a birthday message, grocery list, etc.

My preference is for the conventional black (in our white & yellow kitchen), but I've seen lots of cute versions in other colors (ala Martha Stewart, etc) - especially for kids.

No to having it on the refrigerator itself!!! (as in the last pic?)

Kwana said...

Yes! One wall in kitchen. Love it.

modernemama said...

not on the fridge, I'd be leaving sleeve smudges everywhere

Brilliant Asylum said...

No. My house has the green version on the walls of the stairwell leading up to the attic (probably the only place the previous owner could justify putting it) and it is smudgy and depressing. Who wants to be reminded of their government educated school days? Plus it is cringe-worthy to the touch.

Anonymous said...

not if you wear a lot of black.

Sus said...

I love it, and have done it in my own home and a couple of clients too. But you definitely have to be okay with mess. The dust is. a. complete. mess. :)

Anonymous said...

hmmm....not sure...i hate to sound fashionista, but isn't this whole chalk board thing TIRED?
and, yes, dusty.

Jen in MN said...

Yes but small area, in the kitchen. I just did this over the weekend, painted the exposed side of a white pantry cupboard. I love it and we use it to list out the days of the week and what's going on, and brainstorm what we will plan for the menus over the week. From experience I would say that you definitely need to rough sand the surface a bit as my first go of it flaked off where I had neglected to pre-sand like the home depot paint guy suggested.

Uncle Beefy said...

Yes. Despite the fact that I hate the sound of chalk on a chalkboard (nevermind nails!).

High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

I say yes in kitchen or office. I'm painting one of my kitchen doors with chalk board paint this weekend!

Paul Anater said...

No no no a thousand times no. Chalkboard paint is like a forced march back to childhood. Ugh.

Andrea said...

I did this all over my kitchen walls and I love it! It´s very kid friendly, and when I´m tired of all the color it all goes back to a preety black.
And the dust? I´ve never really notice because I vacume every day....
you dirty people!

K.Line said...

It's a totally fun idea but friends of ours did this in their kitchen and it always looks kind of messy and chalky. The chalk doesn't erase as well as it would from an actual chalk board and it also gets dusty.

I'd do magnetic paint, though. Then your whole wall can hold photos etc.

Karen T said...

It looks cool and all but I think it's messy.

MLE said...

here's my question-do these people have killer memories? Or just enjoy rewriting their grocery lists prior to going to the grocery? Cause unless you take a photo or something on the way out the door, what good does a grocery list on the wall at home do you while you're wandering Aisle 3 and trying to remember what exactly you needed to get?

Melissa H said...

I LOVE the look and campaigned hard to paint out old nasty fridge, but my husband didn't want to be ingesting chalk dust in all of our food.

chels said...

I used it in the backsplash of my apartment...it looks amazing. I also bought chalk ink markers (like the ones used at Starbucks) so there isn't dust. I'm a big fan! My roommate and I tend to use it more for doodling than leaving notes though:)

lucitebox said...

Do not want.

Anonymous said...

Only if you have a keep calm and carry on poster.

Kristine said...

not a fan at all. hate the feel of chalkboard and hate the clutter feeling of having doodles on the wall. can't think of one thing i would want written on my wall.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely not!

M, Virginia Beach

thevioletpear said...

no - makes a mess and looks a mess

Northern Westchester Home said...

It is good in a kid's playroom or even in a kid's bathroom (above the tub so the wee ones can create as you scrub them.) But I do not care for it in grownup areas.

maison21 said...

yes.

boy, some of your readers are gurmpy.

Emily said...

I'm feeling like it's starting to become tired - so the key is to make it unique - like the backing on the shelves, or the piece that acts as a canvas.

Part of me would invest in those chalk markers like they have at coffee shops and cafes...but part of me worries then that my home would look like a coffee shop or cafe.

This is probably something that - for me - will manifest itself in my child's room or the family/playroom as part of their artistic development.

Hanako66 said...

I love it....I say yes

Magchunk said...

I've never been a huge fan. I just remember my third-grade chalkboard and the feel off it... shudder. So powdery. And I dreaded accidently running my fingernail down it and that was enough to keep me AWAY from the chalk. Ditto on the messiness and sleeve rubbings.

Anonymous said...

Yes in my kids' room. They love it and so why not? We'll be moving soon and I think I'll do it in the kitchen so they can draw while I cook. Dust free chalk (crayola) is the key though. And I second the grumpy comment, it's a little startling sometimes, and I'm no miss sunshine myself.

rsanders35 said...

No. Lived with a chalk wall in my livingroom for 3 years when my kids were preschoolers & toddlers, but once they hit elementary school age we ditched it. Only did it because it didn't look any worse than the uncomissioned-but always popping-up ink/permanent marker/paint/crayon "young artist murals" covering nearly every wall, floor and table in my house. Chalk walls NEVER look as cool & 'artsy chalky' in your home as they do in a magazine. They're dusty and just look sloppy...plus annoying relatives and friends think it's an open invite to write/draw obscene or retarded things on your wall.

pve design said...

chalk it up, yes for me.

Anonymous said...

This is such a timely post for me, so THANK YOU. I love the grump factor here. It makes me smile. I wanted to the chalkboard wall in the kitchen for my three, count them, THREE kids so they could amuse themselves for a few while I throw dinner together. I vacuum everyday, too, so the mess factor is no big deal. Nice tip on sanding the wall first -- thanks.

my favorite and my best said...

this is the kind of thing that only looks good in the magazines. kind of like runway to realway. plus i have a 4 year old...how could i possibly tell her to stop messing up mommy's cool writings?

Zelda said...

the fridge the fridge YEA !

Suburban Pioneer said...

I just saw this yesterday, a blackboard table lamp(shade) at www.essenze.co.nz.

I like the idea but agree that it would look like hell in my home.

Anonymous said...

Major no. It screams "I'm unhappy with my adult life and carefully calculated how I can show people I'm whimsical and quirky. Look at me and love me ppleeaassee!!" It has no beauty, and it's totally fadish and ridiculously trendy. In 2 years, you'll look back and be thankful that you're "no longer so retarded that you would put such things in your house," then deny this ever happened if it came up, or get very embarrassed. Kitschy, trendy, characterless, devoid of beauty/ form/ style, and utterly contrived in its "whimsical" symbol.

If I saw this in someone's home, I'd just roll my eyes.

-Chase

red.door.read said...

yes. when done sparingly and somewhere sensible - eg not somewhere right next to food prep - dusty ew. and if you have nice handwriting - go for it. if your handwriting is ugly, keep it to yo'self.

Lolo said...

Okay, you people that vacuum every day are seriously giving me self esteem issues. Next you're going to tell us that you iron your sheets and fold the toilet paper into the little point.

drollgirl said...

rad! need this for sure.

Rachel said...

I guess you either love the imperfect look or you don't.

I do think it's a cool way to make your old fridge look slightly better, though.

Iheartfashion said...

I did this in my kitchen about 7 or 8 years ago, and it looks kind of cool but makes a giant mess with the chalk dust. Most of the time it's just a big smudge unless you're going to take the trouble to draw or write something great on it.
And unless you have a photographic memory, writing the grocery list on the wall or the fridge doesn't help much.

truffles said...

Read SCARED font size 100.

desiree@lookiloos said...

I think it's done. I liked how it looked 10 years ago, but now just looks dusty and dirty and i can't be bothered.

Anonymous said...

no- chalk dust.

Meagan said...

You don't have to use chalk...they have have these cool markers that are for chalk boards and they erase with water....so I go with YES

FloatingWorld said...

Oh GOD NO!!!
It seems cool but never really cleans up - ghost images are always left.

The best option? buy salvaged slate from deconstructed school houses. www.oldegoodthings.com may have some.

phoenix said...

love it! i was actually thinking of doing one of my study walls in chalkboard paint but got lazy...I'm thinking in my next home, in the kitchen!

Anonymous said...

it is like Cote de Texas's Staffordshire Dogs OVER!!!!!!!!!!!!

One Man's Style said...

done correctly most definitly...i mean just look at the pics u posted freakin sweet....

Anonymous said...

I like the depth of the dark black that I have seen in person, and I would be tempted to try it sans-chalk. I really like the scene in I Heart Huckabees where the walls look like a really beautiful Terry Winters painting, but are really chalkboards...

Anonymous said...

I'm SO in Bromeliad's corner. Chalk paint good. Chalk, not so much.

What about whiteboards? :)

Anonymous said...

I'm sure it looked groovy and interesting the FIRST 797 times it was done. Seems tiresome and oh-so-trendy now.

Anonymous said...

yes...for ages 2-12.

Anonymous said...

Wouldn't this just teach kids that it's alright to write on the walls? I don't have kids, so I'm not sure. Someone with kids- have you had experience with this? How do kids learn that it's only ok to write on the chalk board walls?

Anonymous said...

Love the chalk board refrigerator!!!!!!!
But chalk leaves a lot of dust (allergies)--so leave it to the restaurants.

Gypmar said...

No. Never.

coco+kelley said...

YES. the best part is throwing parties where people get a little tipsy and start writing strange things on the walls that you don't find until months later... oh wait. that was college... but i still like it :)

iamalsoloud said...

Nope. The number one reason is because they're not cool. The number two reason is that needing to write or draw something super inspiring and/or mind-blowing on your chalkboard would just be another thing on your to-do list. And then what's the revision schedule? Maybe weekly, or bi-weekly, you'd have to draw or write new shit no one has heard before, or find the right quote for the occasion or your mood? Nah, chalkboards are time-wasters.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for opening old wounds.

As a young boy, I always felt my classrooms were never really clean unless someone had used one of those icky-feeling sponge erasers to uniformly clear each chalk board.

Don't get me started on the milk cartons sitting outside the doors on filthy galvanized trays.

Or Bobby H. who really did crap in Vicki's locker.

Anonymous said...

Yes... I used it in a nook under the stairs that I turned into a mini-playhouse for my girls. They love it, and so do I.

I also re-purposed an old hutch into a bar (since I couldn't afford Pottery Barn at $1500) and wanted to paint it black. I used black spray paint on the corners, and rolled the rest of my chalkboard paint on the entire thing. It's amazing, and I get tons of compliments. And I can write on it... I love that stuff! If you saw the before/after photos, you wouldn't believe it. (I still got the wine shelves from PB, since they ship to Alaska, and you can't find SHIT up here to decorate with.)

tracey said...

I'm surprised no other teachers have written in - definitely NO! It is messy and eventually the chalk leaves smudge marks on the paint. (Using water to wipe it off also doesn't work as the chalk won't write on it nicely again)Also, you may write a beautiful inspirational message with a quirky, artistic drawing to match, but what happens when your partner/husband/children/friends decide to write their less than inspirational and less than artistic messages - now you have a moral dilemma too (with the extra cleaning) do you wipe their efforts off?

hello gorgeous said...

I love how everything is always OVER.

I have had one (usually in an office) off and on for over 10 years. I have always painted a faux fancy frame for it (I know - so OVER!!).

While I do not currently have one in my house, I think I will paint one in my kitchen today and write all over it REALLY BIG, "Keep Calm and Carry On" with a background of Imperial Trellis and ikat and a FAUX carpet of zebra. I will draw a foo dog humping a Staffordshire. I will hang a starburst mirror above it, with a huge fucking deerhead presiding over the entire thing.

Take that, bitches.

Kimberly Julie said...

NO! It's so messy and I can't stand the imperfection of it. Having writing all over my walls would drive me bonkers. And the smell would be enough to avoid the room all together.

Anonymous said...

No, please, no!

No.

Really.

Get a whiteboard and dry erase markers if you want your kids to doodle on a big scale. Or an old-school chalkboard on a stand that you can REMOVE any time.

Please don't do this.

Chalkboard paint = bad.

alis said...

I like it here:

http://houseobsession.wordpress.com/2008/07/13/the-big-kitchen-reveal/

and here:
http://sharonmontrose.blogspot.com/2009/02/monday-on-chalkboard.html

I definitely don't like it on the second and last two pictures on your post. Too large, too cold. And the fridge - just no. I think getting a chalk board or getting a thin board to cover the wall you want it to be on and painting it would be a better solution than painting on the actual wall.

vidalia said...

This was already used in the house when I purchased. From chair rail down its Ralph Lauren chalkboard paint in that dark dark blue/black. I love it.

katek said...

Anon 8:35, that made me laugh out loud.

I painted a magnetic chalkboard in my office because the walls are in such bad shape that I couldn't hang a bulletin board without risking major damage. It's fine, but the walls aren't smooth enough to make writing easy. On your nice freshly skim-coated wall I bet it would work better. I like how smudgy the many-times-erased walls look in some of those pics; it's definitely not for neat-freaks though.

tulipfrills said...

I love it...I have never lived anywhere without painting a wall with chalkboard paint...I keep my grocery lists, appointments, phone numbers, jokes, thoughts and don't forgets there...then they invented Palm Pilots!!!! But i am still stuck on chalkboard walls!

grrlbuilder said...

No to the paint.

Hell yes to real slate.

Richie Designs said...

yes. still love it

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I am seriously over the whole bird on a telephone wire/super floral/grandma look that a certain biggie blogger seems to love.

design clique said...

In the right space - it's perfect. Love the chalk paint.

s. said...

No! Terrible, tacky, Pottery Barn catalog circa 2003.

fromtherightbank said...

I've been asking myself this for months and I still can't decide.

Condo Blues said...

Yes - but in black and in the kitchen.

I'm going to do this as a backsplash in my kitchen as a temperorary de-uglyfier until we can decide what tile we want to do for a real kitchen backsplash. And yes, I want to do it so we can write rude things on the chalk board. The beauty of not having kids.

Penelope Bianchi said...

I haven't read the other comments.....I swear....I keep trying to go to bed!

JUST SAY NO! UNLESS IT IS INSIDE A CLOSET WHERE YOU CAN SHUT THE DOOR!!

So scary! reminds me of school....mean teachers...fingernails on blackboards........rules and schedules......no, no no!!!

houses are to nurture......blackboards are to teach.....I say that after now.........39 years as a decorator in California.....so you can judge those dubious distinctions! NEVER NEVER WOULD I think that would be a good idea...except, as I said......in a closet! Kept shut......most of the time!

Just my opinion!!

And I never , never never.........force that opinion on anyone....what I love about these blogs.......you are asking for comment!

So fun!

Penny

Anonymous said...

Penny, I think you might be the only person who could use a chalkboard in the house.

...know what........im saying!!!!!!!

ArchitekturBlog said...

Yes - at the apartment door - so friends always leave messages - It's always a surprise! I love it!

Serendipity said...

It looks great for pictures but isn't practical!

Sara

Anonymous said...

Yes, but paint a huge canvas or board you can hang and later take down when you grow tired of it. I just did this last week, love it.

RJ said...

I used to draw on a chalkboard when I was a kid and after a few minutes of drawing/erasing/drawing, there was a coat of chalkdust on the floor. It makes me cringe to see chalkboards in the kitchen because I'll bet some of that chalkdust will find its way onto the food.

Jenny said...

Friend of mine has it high up on the wall of his kitchen, and has a menu written on it. So it's like having a work hung high on the wall, it's not to be used for notes or lists. Otherwise I think it's messy, will get on clothes, and my compulsion to run my nails down it would be overwhelming...

Jenny said...

And another thing... Just read the comments, which reminded me of a dire party I once went to. The hosts left two walls of their house - entry hall, no less - un-primed/unpainted, and guests, burglars, whoever, were invited to write or draw on the wall. Unfortunately they had no intelligent, witty, cultured friends, visitors, guests, delivery people. The wall was covered in vulgarity and stupidity, combined with crass and/or obscene drawings. Stupid bogans, they thought it was charming.
That feels better. Thank you and goodnight.

Blake said...

No, It's so dated to me. i had it in my house for a year already and I have already painted over it and moved to other fresh things. I did however leave the one up in the laundry room. It's very messy!

Liza said...

hell, no! you'll have dust everywhere!

GG said...

Feels dated already.

thekettrickfive said...

No. First off, allergies. Secondly, it's just a trend. Yes perhaps it would be fun for a few days to change things up, or for kids to play around. Then you have to think - a year from now, even wiped clean, do you want a hazey-black wall?

thekettrickfive said...

No. First off, allergies. Secondly, it's just a trend. Yes perhaps it would be fun for a few days to change things up, or for kids to play around. Then you have to think - a year from now, even wiped clean, do you want a hazey-black wall?

Anonymous said...

In theory, I say YES. In practice, only if you have kids who will fill it with cute doodles or if you are a designer who can think of something creative to say without sound trite AND make it look like you just threw something up there. I would sit in front of the damn thing, chalk in hand, for thirty minutes before writing something lame like "feed cat."

Anonymous said...

NO chalk paint.
Your home is not Romper room. And encouraing your kids to write on the walls? How indulgent...

Crea-T-V-T said...

Chalk paint is a great idea, but not everywhere. Definitely in the kitchen and kids' room (a part of the wall). Love your blog by the way.

Laura Di Francesco said...

This is really what I mean for "home"....

Love,
Laura

Lori said...

no. it looks messy to me, you can never quite get it clean or erased like a real chalkboard.

perfect bound said...

Oh, my favorite one yet. http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/ny/at-email/look-a-chalkboard-turned-into-a-headboard-071498

Part creepy, part cute.
We salvaged another year or two our of our crappy fridge by painting it with green chalkboard paint. I love it. It's an easy no brainer so long as you have white walls and a sense of humor.