(Renter Friendly!) Kitchen Chalkboard Wall

It's no secret how much I love my chalk boards. And in the last house I had a really handy one in the kitchen that I could write down our meal plans, what's going on in our week, notes, store lists, etc... It was awesome. But since we've moved, I don't really have a great place to hang that specific chalkboard, plus a certain bearded husband who shall remain nameless might have maybe dropped it and broken the corner.... ahem. 

Anyway, the point here is that I was in need of a chalkboard in the kitchen for function and for fun and I really wanted to put in a chalk board wall somewhere. I thought it would be great to have somewhere to write our family memos, but also to have it go low enough for the boys to be able to draw on it too. But being that we're renting, I can't exactly throw some chalkboard paint up on a wall somewhere. So I did a little searching on the web and found a perfect solution so we could install our chalkboard wall without losing our deposit.

I considered a few options, but finally settled on chalkboard shelf liner for the job. There were a lot of options available, but I went with this one. I chose it because it had decent reviews and it was the closest in size to the side of the cabinet I wanted to cover.

 The shelf liner is easily removable, inexpensive, and was super simple to install. Or so we thought. I mean... it was simple. But it wasn't easy. We started at the very top, squaring it off with the right corner so it aligned with the right edge, taking the backing off about 6 inches at a time and smoothing out any bubbles with a credit card.

But bubbles still popped up. After readjusting, re-applying, re-smoothing about a million times, it still wasn't perfect and we were left with a couple tiny little ridges. But that's okay. It's okay. It's a chalk board - it's supposed to be kind of rustic, right? Anyway, once it was applied down to the bottom, we were left with a little slice of cabinet left on the left side and on the bottom of the liner. That's where this comes in...

We used this to fill in on the side and the bottom so there weren't any gaps. It's basically the exact same material as the shelf liner, but it is tape. It worked perfectly for this job, and I'm also super excited to use it for labeling things, too. (I'm lame... I know.) Once we had the gaps filled in, we had ourselves a chalkboard, we did!

All that was left to do was to hang some dollar spot pails for the chalk, and it was ready to go!

Tha'ts Jude... not Wyatt. His big noggin is in front of where his name was written. So no, you didn't think the wrong baby was Jude this whole time. And it's okay if you didn't realize that wasn't Wyatt. #TwinProbs

Anyway - so cool, right? I'm already loving it. And it's nice to once again be able to refer Tomas to the board when he asks what's for dinner. But the best part? It's removable and stress free. Little to do when we move besides peel it off and toss it. Perfect.

How about you? Do you have a chalk board in your kitchen? A message center of some kind?

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