BRIANA: Since it’s Black Friday, I thought we could rap about blackboards. They’re handy in the classroom, but the trend of using chalkboards and chalkboard paint at home shows no signs of slowing. So, spell it out for me: Are you bored with decorative chalkboards? Do you think they’re cool or should they stay in school?
LIZ: True, it’s not exactly revolutionary decor at this point, but I’m not ready to erase the trend quite yet. I mean, you get to DRAW ON THE WALLS (and refrigerator!) Do I really need to say more?
Ever since I was a child, I’ve only liked chalk from a distance. It’s always super cute to me, but something about the texture makes me cringe. Despite that, I overcame my fear yesterday and bought a can of chalkboard spray paint because I want to make these ornaments from Rust & Sunshine:
ABBI: I agree with Jessica. I like to look at chalkboard decor, but the idea of writing with chalk makes me shudder. The sound of chalk on the board — ugh, I cannot handle it. That said, I could see ordering a pre-made chalkboard sign, like this one from Etsy. Someone else does the cringe-worthy work and I get to enjoy the look. Plus, it’s got a coat of acrylic paint so it won’t fade:
LILI: I’m afraid I’m with Grant on this one. With two 5-year-olds at home, I don’t think I’d ever be able to maintain order over a chalkboard wall. However, it would provide ample opportunity to wash the chalk off…(I always loved being picked by my teacher to wash the board. Nerd alert!)
SARAH: Here’s part of my chalkboard wall at home:
This demonstrates one problem with chalkboard-painted walls: sentimental types like myself never want to erase it. Do you see the ‘Happy New Year’? Yeah, we were celebrating the beginning of 2008. And ‘Happy Birthday Andrew!’ was when he was 4. He just turned 8. I kid you not. As far as kids drawing on it, I’ll keep that part cropped out of the photo. Although, after they draw on the non-chalkboard-painted walls of the room, the novelty wears off. Would I do it again? Absolutely.
KAYLA: I love the idea of chalkboard everything, but I have a little bit of Adrian Monk in me and I know the dust and mess would drive me CRAZY. I think small, chalkboard wine charms are better suited for me.
LIZ: Granted, I have no children and enjoy chalkboard paint because drawing on the walls lets me feel like a mad scientist in the best possible way. But doubters, let me introduce you to….
1) Chalkboard markers: less mess and no chance of nails-on-chalkboard sound effects
2) Roll-up chalkboard mats: to get rid of the mess at your convenience
ABBI: Liz, those chalkboard markers are genius. I might have to rethink my stance on chalkboards now that the horrible noises have been taken out of the equation.
I think writing sweet or funny messages would make getting up early easier. Maybe not, but either way I would love a chalkboard headboard or wall in my house. And I don’t have any kids, but I would imagine letting them loose with chalk would be better than permanent markers on your freshly-painted walls.
MARIANNE: My hair would totally erase that headboard.
FARIMA: LOL, good point. And I would probably end up writing cranky messages more than sweet or funny ones.