Adventures in crafting: Chalkboard wall

When we first moved into our house, I knew I wanted to do something with the basement enclosure. That wall gets a lot of traffic, between little hands and paws and chairs bumping against it. It was originally painted to match the rest of the walls with a light yellow in a matte finish, making it almost impossible to clean.

I thought I’d cover it with chalkboard paint, but I loathe painting, even for a small project like this. I’m messy and I’m likely to give up halfway through. We’ve been here four years. If it hasn’t happened by now, it’s not gonna happen.

Then I discovered these convenient rolls of peel-and-stick chalkboard vinyl and the crafting gods smiled upon me.

So I bought three rolls (18 inches by 6 feet each) and went to work. This stuff was so much easier to apply than paint. The above probably took me an hour from start to finish, between measuring and cutting and making sure it went on without bubbles. I was initially concerned about the seams, but they barely show.

The only problem was one of the rolls of vinyl was slightly darker than the others, and it became very obvious when you put them next to each other; not sure why, since they came in the same shipment, but I put the darker pieces on the shorter side of the wall where it’s less visible.

Each roll came with chalk, but I also bought chalk markers to cut down on the dust. The kids have already covered their new “board” in scribbles, and I don’t care how dirty it gets because it wipes clean with a damp cloth.

Wow, I’ve reached “peak parent” with that last sentence, huh?

I have plenty of the vinyl left over for smaller projects; I may work on some simple chalkboard frames that I can doodle on or use for note-taking.

Above all, now I can say I did something for this house before my sabbatical ends!


My youngest just tried to pass off a packet of ketchup as a bedtime snack.

I actually had to pause and think if I wanted to fight this particular battle before saying “no”, which tells you everything you need to know about how my summer is going.


Excusez mon Français

Bonjour! Cette été, j’apprends le Français. J’ai pensée écrire une post de la ma travaille.

J’ai pris deux ans de Français en l’école, mais c’est êtê un longtemps et ma souvenire est pas bien.

Maintenant, je utilise l’app Duolingo, et il est trés bon. Ma fille apprends l’Espagnol avec l’app aussi. J’ai apprendé pour soixante-six jours, depuis Mai. Je peut écrire et parler un peu, mais je n’il entendez pas bien. J’espoir tu comprends!

Je regarder les videos en Français sur YouTube mais je comprendre seulement chaque cinquième mot. Je lis le posts de Facebook de des amis Françaises aussi. Il va lentement mais sûrement. 😉

Tu peux parler des langues? Lesquelles?

(J’ai écrire sans un app de translation. Maintenant je vois comment c’est mal, haha! Tu peux rire! J’espoir je suis meilleur tôt. J’essaie!)