first coat of paint

A couple weeks back Mark & I put the first coat of paint on our walls here at the Dorothy house. We have big dreams of painting every wall and ceiling in our home but for now we decided to stick with just one wall.

It turns out painting an entire home can be pretty darn costly.

Painting a tiny wall in chalkboard paint, however, isn’t too bad.


Both Mark & I were a bit iffy at first on how it turned out.

Initially, since our walls are textured a tad bit, we wanted to figure out a way to get our wall as smooth as possible before painting it with the chalkboard paint. After giving sanding the wall a little try, we decided that would be the most idiotic decision ever…unless we wanted paint dust surrounding our entireĀ home.

We also thought about buying masonite sheet (very cheap) at Home Depot or Lowes and cutting it to fit the wall. If you REALLY want a smooth base for a chalkboard wall, I say get some masonite sheet.

We went the easier route and decided the texture wasn’t unbearable and looked perfect enough for us!


The chalkboard wall is right next to our kitchen so we decided to put up a calendar to use for important events throughout the month. This month we have 3 nephews who have a birthday and E turns 6 months old!

Eventually we will add some other things to the wall and I’m hoping E gets a kick out of playing with chalk some days while I am in the kitchen. For now, she is happy as can be just hanging out in a chair.


It’s crazy how just a little bit of paint can make my home feel a bit more homey!


Have you painted anything with chalkboard paint lately? How long do you think this whole chalkboard decor fab will last? Even if it’s out of “style” when E is older I’m pretty sure we’ll still be rocking the chalkboard wall. What about you? Will you outlast the fad?


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