Monday, April 22, 2013

chalkboard art on my kitchen island: finally done


Well I finally finished my chalkboard art on my kitchen island.

Before I write another word I have to tell you that I got this idea from the blog Dear Lilly.

Jennifer Holmes is one amazing chalkboard artist and if you don’t have the time or interest to make your own project, you can go HERE and she’ll show you how to download and frame a beautiful chalkboard art print for your home. Tell her I said “Hi” if you stop by.


Me? I’m certainly no expert at this, in fact I’ve only done this two other times:

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this framed project in my office


and this large wedding menu for Anne and Ryan.

I’ve also discovered that I’m an impatient chalk artist so I’m probably not the best person to learn from; I simply print out my message in a font I like and I jump right in..


Plus, I didn’t want to spend a whole lot of time on my kitchen island because I had visions of splattered milk eventually finding its way to my writing. So I downloaded this free font and went to work eyeballing the entire space for my five words.


Once I had an idea where my words were going, I used a level to put down straight pieces of tape. And I began to sketch out my words free-hand, using plain white chalk. Some people recommend working with wet chalk but I prefer my chalk dry.

I’ve found dry chalk seems easier to erase with my finger or wet cu-tips.


This is a photo of the words printed out in regular chalk. After I was done I went over the message with a Chalk pen because it looks more dramatic.


Can you see the difference?






Unlike Jennifer’s kitchen, my chalkboard art is not as easy to read because there are chairs and a table next to it.


But I actually like that I can’t see it from every angle. Right now whenever I happen to glance at the words I think, “Oh hey, I remember you,” and I smile

because I like the message.…


How about you?

What are you working on right now?



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Leslie said...

I love it! Your kitchen lay-out is almost identical to me and I'd like to do something like this to the end portion of my island. Great idea!

Happy Monday!


Danni@SiloHillFarm said...

Well that is just fabulous! I love it!

Dear Lillie said...

Oh my goodness! Your kitchen is absolutely positively gorgeous! And thanks so much for the mention! =)

Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

I like it! the chalk pen really makes a difference

Unknown said...

LOVE your kitchen and your chalk board..bit of creative fun and I bet everybody mentions it in your kitchen too ;-) Have a lovely week. xx

Lori said...

Love it ~ and like the options you have with it.
I am going to your link as I am looking for the perfect quote for my old blackboard that I am still deciding where to hang and making it a little fancy would be perfect!

Something Nice and Pretty said...

Glad I stopped by today, I'm so tempted to do my backsplash in chalkboard paint...just need the push I guess:) Your kitchen looks just it!

Karen @ A Stylish Interior said...

Love, Love, Love that kitchen island project! Totally need to find a client to use this idea on! Visiting from Elizabeth & Co.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Such a fun addition to the island. I love this idea. Great tutorial on how to write a special saying. Thanks for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

Sew a Fine Seam said...

How lovely! I really like the saying. I like to use my chalk dry too - the wet just didn't work for me.
Right now I am working on a ton of projects for other people. I would love to just make stuff look good for me but no time right now! Lots of projects to do though when I do have time so at least I won't get bored!

Brandy~GreyLaneHome said...

Love this idea. It looks super doable. Hmmmmm.:) Doesn't hurt that it's in a super pretty kitchen either.

Anonymous said...

Well, no matter what the subject you inspire me!! I love the chalkboard at the end of the counter and the saying is perfect! Thank you for the link to Dear Lillie.

Lynn Wood said...

That is one spectacular kitchen!! I love how bright and open it is. What a fun place for a chalkboard.


Leena Milligan Lanteigne said...

I love your kitchen! All of those gorgeous white cabinets and the island is fabulous! I want an island so badly! Your chalk artwork is beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing! Hugs, Leena

Art and Sand said...

Right now I am driving my husband crazy with more mixin' & movin'.

Love, Love, Love your chalkboard. I didn't know there was such a thing as a chalk pen and yes, I CAN tell the difference. I just wrote a simple word on my grandmother's school slate, but I might go out to get a chalk pen to do it right.

thanks for the inspiration.

The Divorced Lady's Companion to Living in Italy said...

Wow I would never even think of these things. I confess I'm in London and bought a small stash of Anthropologie ceramics which I love but will have trouble packing my bag! For me this weekend: gardening and thinking about a new short story I want to plunge into next week. And taking out my new and undeserved Vivienne Westwood handbag!! Xxcat

Gypsy Heart said...

I just love it! You did a great job with the lettering and yes, the chalk pen really high lighted the effect. Your kitchen is so gorgeous!

Me? I'm sorting, tossing and donating in preparation for a move in June. Don't you want to come help? :)


Donna@anangloinqu├ębec said...

Oh Leslie, your kitchen is simply stunning. I find myself staring away at your images, lost in what I see and taking it all in with such delight!! It just keeps getting better...if that is possible!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Leslie, your kitchen is so beautiful and I LOVE this chalkboard really looks great!

Monica said...

Oh Lesley - I LOVE your Kitchen - so much that I want to eat it! The painters tape and level for the chalk writing is brilliant. And I'm not surprised that your chalk writing is beautiful. I never knew that a chalk pen existed. I LOVE the idea of this and the uplifting messages that you will display in a prominent place!

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

I swoon every time I see your kitchen! And your chalkboard island is awesome - what a great saying!

Kristi said...

I LOVE your kitchen and LOVE your chalkboard art! My scribbles would make you cringe! LOL!

Home Stars said...

Love it!! Looks soooo inviting!

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