Not that Special Post

Today I was going to surprise you all with a review of "My Favorite Things".

My friends and family always joke with me that I'm a total "gadget girl" and I always have the most practical and useful things. After a while of fighting that title, I finally embraced it and I was going to share a lot of those things with you... 

Then last night happened. I don't know about you guys, but sometimes I just have nights where I need to cry, and I have a lot to do, but nothing seems to get done. Last night was definitely one of those nights. I'll share a little more about that in the coming days, but regardless, I didn't get "My Favorite Things" list together. 

I will have it for you next week. I would say tomorrow, but Wednesdays are small group night, so that won't happen. I usually either do a short post or no post on Friday, so really that leaves us with next week. Plus it'll be WAY better if I have the weekend to work on it.  

So make a note to check the blog NEXT WEEK (and all the days in between).

Today what I have for you is another DIY project that I've been working on. It's not completely finished yet, but that's okay. In my opinion, DIY projects are always a work in progress. 

I decided before we bought our house that I wanted to find a place for a BIG chalkboard. Thankfully, our laundry room provided the perfect spot...but it's been one of the last things on the priority list.

A few weeks ago, I bought the supplies for the chalkboard, which included chalkboard paint and a few extra paint brushes.  

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Last week I taped off a big rectangle where I wanted the chalkboard to go. 

Finally, this past weekend, I began painting.  

After three coats.

After three coats.

The box said to do two coats of paint, but I actually had to do three because the first one didn't cover the wall very well. I guess the previous owner used really really good paint in our laundry room, and I probably should have used a primer before I started painting the chalkboard. 

Alas, after three coats (you have to wait four hours in between coats) I finally finished the painting stage.  

Jason and I made at little trip to Home Depot and got the frame cut to size. I haven't had a chance to paint the frame, but that will be the finishing touch.  

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I've also been reading about "priming" my chalkboard with chalk before using it.  

How about you...have you ever painted a chalkboard? 

Did you prime it before using it? 

If so, how did you do it? Would you recommend doing it this way? 

(Seriously friends, answer these questions!) 

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Posted on October 23, 2013 .