Erica's "Chalkboard Command Center" Entryway Makeover

Erica's "Chalkboard Command Center" Entryway Makeover

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Janel Laban
Jan 19, 2015

Renovation by: Erica
Location: Seattle, WA

Ever since moving into my house one year ago, I knew I wanted to do something special with the entryway wall as it was the first thing anyone saw when they came over to my home.

After much debate, I decided to go with a chalkboard wall. Some people may think they are a tired trend, but I am still absolutely enamored by them! I love their functionality and the dark pop of interest they add to any space.

I painted my wall using Rust-Oleum Chalkboard paint, which is about $10 a can, a regular paint roller and tray, and a foam brush for the edges and corners. I did two coats of the chalkboard paint, waiting 2 days for drying time before 'seasoning' my board with the flat edge of a piece of chalk.


To get the fun lettering, I just free handed while looking at some fonts for reference, but another easy method is to print out your words, rub some chalk on the back and then trace over your words with a pencil. This will transfer your phrase to the chalkboard that you can then go over for a bolder line!

I used a regular white chalk paint pen to make my lines stand out and to make a changeable calendar for planning and scheduling my months. I also add little metal tins for sorting mail and added functionality.

A unique feature I added were scrabble tile holders - they are the perfect size for holding extra chalk!

This project took most of an afternoon (after the couple days I let the paint set) and was totally worth it. Everyone is wowed when they walk in the door and I also have a great command center to sort my mail and plan my day. A great addition to any home!

See more about the project on Erica's blog: Dwell Beautiful

Thanks, Erica!

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