I have been thinking about it, as a cool, relatively inexpensive backsplash idea. My kitchen will have matte black and cream checkboard tile floor, cream cabinets, a darkish countertop of some sort... and a blackboard backsplash? Thoughts on the topic? Pros and cons?
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Anybody tried a blackboard backsplash?
Are you guys aware that you can buy vinyl wall-covering that is "whiteboard" material you can write on and erase... just like a whiteboard. You use the same markers. Great for a kid's room.
I worked at a huge Government contracting firm, and we did many rooms with all the walls done this way. A lot of engineers like to jot on whiteboards instead of using computers. The wall-covering came imprinted with a subdued background of grid lines. It made perfect wall-to-wall, ceiling-to-floor whiteboards.
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I will definitely post pics. The renos won't be starting for another 3 weeks (I'm going crazy with excitement), but here are some seriously hideous before pics. Note how the pink countertops bring out that orangey oak tone. The previous owner of my condo really loved pink. It's everywhere, and is going to be changed.
I don't know where I will end the chalkboard. I think the current pink one should definitely end with the counter length, rather than cutting off so oddly... but that is a good question. Where should the blackboard paint end?
You make a keen point, Scuba_Dave. However, as a teacher, I have come to experience the benefits of dustless chalk. You should investigate that option. It's dreamy. (Is it weird that I work write on chalkboards all day long and now want to come home to them in my kitchen?)
Regardless, in my case, the objective is to have the matte black backsplash and possibly put a few recipes and random quotes up there "for show". I'm such a poser...
The only thing I can think of as far as where to end the chalkboard is right at the edge of the end cabinet. I'm thinking of a straight vertical line, but maybe someone has a more imaginative idea.
Is there a special primer that has to be put on the wall before the chalkboard paint goes on? I sprayed a couple coats of it on a Little Tikes plastic art easle. It didn't stay on very well at all. I could scrape it off with my finger nail.
I wonder why they ended the backsplash in such an odd place?
If there's going to be tile, wall mica or in this case blackboard attached as a back splash, I think it looks nicer if the determining end "line" is in-line with the cabinets, such is the case in the photo.
It seems like it would look strange to extended past.
However, this is usually a decision that the home owner makes.
Just noticed something, this is a post-form countertop. The splash was molded into the counter that way.
On subject, I think that the idea of writing with chalk on the kitchen walls would be rather fun.