Chalkboard Contact Paper

Morning, folks!

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!

21 thoughts on “Chalkboard Contact Paper

  1. Angie Said:

    This is a random ques, but where did u get those awesome curtains in the kitchen? I have checked them out in every kitchen post an finally have asked, lol thank you

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    1. Angie Said:

      Thank you soooooooo much, I have found some great fabric!!! Thank you thank you thank you

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  2. lee Said:

    too cute! love this idea.

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  3. jenn Said:

    I’ve never heard of chalkboard contact paper, but it’s brilliant! And, this is the perfect place you use it — great project!

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  4. derek Said:

    The thing I love most about this is the fact that you can hide the chalkboard from view. Especially if I want to put something like Twinkies or Hostees cakes on my grocery list that I don’t necessarily want my guest to see…haha.

    Also, I like how the contact paper has the gridlines on the backing.

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  5. Ashley McCann Said:

    Love this! Cute idea

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  6. Olivia Said:

    I’ve been saving this idea for my next home, I LOVE IT. glad to see it works and looks good :)

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  7. Megan Said:

    I’ve never seen this before and have been hesitant to paint a door. Thanks!

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  8. jess Said:

    ohhh! The options are endless! Curious if it comes in different widths and size rolls?

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    1. kirsten Said:

      So many great options! I will have to look at widths and sizes – good question!

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  9. derek Said:

    I’m curious if anyone has tiled multiple sheets of this together on a wider application? I’m wondering if the seam would be visible at all.

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  10. Ashleigh Said:

    I am looking to do exactly this on our pantry doors. Have totally pinned you to remind me to get on it! Love that you can get paper instead of messing about with paint. I’m off to check it out on Amazon. Thanks

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  11. Mandy Knapp Riggar Said:

    This is a such a genius invention! Love that it is so easy to apply & even possibly removable. We recently discovered an awesome vendor at Vanillawood that has chalkboard paints in all colors of the rainbow: hot pink, yellow, green…so much fun! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. kirsten Said:

      What?! Chalkboard paints in all colors?! Do you have samples at the store? Amazing, Mandy!

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  12. Paige Said:

    Hey! Just found your blog through Young House Love…I love your style! I actually just moved to Portland in January (from South Carolina)…so far I love it!

    Anyway, does chalk erase well off the contact paper? I’ve used chalkboard paint before and it didn’t really erase as well as I’d hoped.

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    1. kirsten Said:

      HI Paige! Welcome to Portland:)! The chalk erases fairly well – not as good as a regular old school chalkboard, but good enough!

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  13. Erin Said:

    I am obsessed with your yellow curtains, where can I find some? Gorgeous accent!

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  15. Donna Said:

    Just got the chalkboard contact paper from Amazon. I’m going to put it on the inside of my cupboard doors, instead of using the chalkboard paint. I will use that for my store list or reminders.

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