My inconvenient entryway is the only part of my house that I really don’t like.  Being an urban dweller, I live in a stacked-condo and that means that as soon as you come in my front door you have to go up a steep set of stairs.  This set-up leaves very little room when you come in the door and it has always been the bane of my existence in this house.  a picture of a staircase and entrywayI have been tackling painting most of the house this spring (see the paint colour plight here) and finally got the staircase and entryway done.  Painting a lighter colour really helped to brighten up this area but I wanted to do something a little different to add some character.  I decided a large chalkboard right inside the door would do the trick.  taping of a large rectangle to make a chalkboardWhen I was painting the entryway, I left a large area on one wall as it was and then taped off a rectangle around it that would form the inside of the chalkboard.  a large chalkboard painted on a wallUsing a roller for the first coat and a brush for the second, I painted the inside of the rectangle with Rustoleum Chalkboard Paint. painting a frame around a chalkboard with Fusion Mineral paint in ChampnessAfter the inside was done, I used a piece of chalk to draw out a frame around it.  Chalking out the frame on the wall first, before painting it, allowed me to make sure it would have the proportions and curves I wanted.  Once I had the shape I wanted, I filled it in using Fusion Mineral Paint in Champness.using Fusion Antiquing Glaze to add some character to a painted frameTo give the frame a little more depth and character I used a very bristly, small, flat paintbrush and painting on some Fusion Antiquing Glaze after the Champness was completely dry.  The Antiquing Glaze softened the blue and added lines to make it look like wood grain.   seasoning a newly painted chalkboard on a wallAs with any chalkboard, once you have let the paint cure for about four days, you need to season it.  I took a piece of chalk and rubbed it sideways all over the surface and then wiped it with a soft cloth.  Doing this will keep future pictures and writing from leaving permanent marks in the paint.  Fusion Mineral Paint in Champness with Antiquing glazea little chalk bird sitting on a light switch platelarge chalkboard painted on a wallIt was really hard to get a full shot once it was finished because the space is so tight but this gives you an idea of the scale and scope once it was done 🙂entryway chalkboard with a blue frame painted directly onto the wallWith the large wall chalkboard done, I can now write notes or messages and the entryway has a little bit of character despite it’s very small space.  It also draws guests eye to the art on the wall instead of the cramped entryway and steep stairs.  That’s a win win in my book!

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  1. Lisa, this chalkboard wall is really cool!! What a great way to use the space! The frame you painted adds a nice touch. Thanks for sharing at Sweet Inspiration!

    • Thanks so much Keri! I was debating whether to paint the entire wall at first but love the smaller size with the frame. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  2. I would never have thought of a painted chalkboard for the space. It is such a great solution and yours is so cute.

    Thanks for sharing with SYC.

    • I definitely needed something so this was a great solution that didn’t take up any of what little space there is 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by Carol. Have a great week!

  3. Oh my goodness this is just too cute. I also made one right next to the front door, in order to stop my kids from constantly touching the wall and making it dirty. Yours is adorable and adds much needed interest to the enterance. Horray for chalkboard!

    • Thanks Mary! I remember yours! I think that was one of the first post I saw on your website… you had just done it. It was lovely as well 🙂 I second the horray for the chalkboard 🙂

  4. Pretty clever to “paint” a frame!

  5. Heather says:

    Wow Lisa I LOVE how the chalkboard feature wall turned out – it really brings character to the entranceway! I love the blue frame you painted around it – really ‘sets’ it on the wall.

    • 🙂 Thanks Heather! I’ve always *disliked* that area so this helps 🙂

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