Friday, February 8, 2008

Black is the new White

So I'm psyching myself up for painting my cabinets. I'm trying to find that perfect shade of white, when it hits me. I must paint my pantry doors right now and I want to use chalkboard paint. Of course, I cannot wait until the next day so Joji being the good egg that he is, runs down to the local ACE and brings back chalkboard paint in green. Green was NOT going to work at all, so I had to take it back and get the black. (It is really too bad they didn't have a blue chalkboard, that would have been perfect, oh well) Anyway, it is about 8pm and I start painting. I'm able to get the first 2 coats done in no time. The kids are super excited and start rounding up all the chalk we have.
Of course, after reading the directions, I discover that the finish must cure for 72 hours. Ben set the kitchen timer for 72 hours and then we waited. I was AMAZED that my kids could actually wait. I thought for sure there would some "accidents", but there weren't. I was even able to resist and I must say it was hard. But now it is ready and I think it looks pretty good. I was worried about 2 big black doors in my kitchen, but I think it works. I am planning on adding some white details in the corners to spruce it up a bit and I definately need some white chalk, the yellow isn't working for me.
I would like to thank Linda over at Restyled Home for the inspiration to "paint something". It is true what they say, paint is a cheap way to make an impact. I think the "new" doors will look even better when the rest of the cabinets are painted. Now I feel like the ball is starting to roll on my on the cheap kitchen redo. Very exciting :0)


Kellie said...

I love those doors! Hmmm... Now you've got me thinking "what could I put that chalkboard paint on too?"

restyled home said...

What a great project!! It looks great and you will be amazed at how you will come to rely on it for your memory. I call mine my "brains"...

I bought a little metal bucket to hold our chalk. It works well, looks good, and you can simply hang it off a hook nearby.

Have fun chalkin'!!

Linda :)

Marie said...

I love the chalkboard paint, I also love the magnetic paint. I am thinking of doing one of the doors on my computer hutch with the magnetic since I cannot find a magnetic panel the right size to fit. But I do love the chalkboard idea! I only wish that I had a spot like that that I could do like that!!!

Jenny said...

I love it!
Think of the menus and recipes you can write up. Not to mention shopping lists.