I am feeling a bit upset about losing an hour yesterday – the entire day seemed to zoom by and I feel cheated outta my allotted weekend hours. Not fair. I did manage to sneak in a morning project on Sunday and I’m quite happy with my new kitchen chalkboard.
A few weeks ago I ordered chalkboard contact paper off Amazon.com, and I’ve been going back and forth on what I should do with it – so many options! I finally settled on lining the inside of our pantry closet with it, in hopes I’d use it to make my grocery list and as a way to keep track of recipes I want to try. And, since I’ve never worked with chalkboard contact paper before, I thought the inside of a closet was a safe place to give a new product a whirl.
Turns out, this stuff is crazy simple to use. I merely measured the door, cut my contact paper (which was super easy as the back of the paper is a large graph which makes measuring and cutting no big deal), and went to work.
The back of the contact paper is sticky, but it’s very forgiving. If the piece wasn’t level, I just unstuck it and tried again. And again. It took me a few tries to get the paper level, but once it was, I just made sure it was free of bubbles, cured the board with chalk (coloring all over it with chalk and then erasing it with a dry eraser) and the project was complete. I think it took me 20 minutes from start to finish – so easy and mess-free!
No drying time was needed (that’s the beauty of his stuff!) and I went right to work and made my lists…now if I could only find time to cook.
I read that smooth surfaces work best with this paper, so if you have a textured wall, contact chalkboard paper might not be for you, or just not for that specific wall. And, finally, I do believe this paper will peel off whatever you place it on without leaving a mess. I obviously have not tried to peel away the paper yet, but from reading the instructions and other reviews, I *think* this paper can be temporary if needed. In short, I’d absolutely recommend using chalkboard contact paper. I already have a few more projects up my sleeve using this handy new product and I can’t wait to share them with you!
Lots more good stuff to come this week on the blog, and word on the street is that our full house tour will be up on Young House Love tomorrow afternoon – yipppeee!