A Chalkboard Wall & Spinning Plates

Happy Monday!

I have been a busy bee, working on lots of different projects at once.  One space is in our kitchen, which has been sort of problematic, given that we have three kids and an uber-busy schedule.  I am in dire need of a “command center” to keep track of where/when everyone needs to be at their respective locations.

One thing I think is going to help is the chalkboard wall that I added.  It should at least be helpful in jotting down reminders or notes.  It’s not a “wall” in the general sense of the word, more of a slice of a wall, but it’s already being put to good use.

Here’s where it began:

And here it is now – yes, March Madness is very much alive in our house.

I have also started taking down the wallpaper in the half bathroom.  Wallpaper removal is the devil’s handiwork I tell you.  But, I’m feeling eternally grateful that I started my wallpaper removal exercise with a small room.  If I had started in the dining room, I would be ready for a padded room by now. 

Nevermind that I’m using vinegar and water to take this wallpaper down.  So, I smell like I’ve been coloring Easter eggs.  I started out trying to take it down by using fabric softener and water.  I really wish that had been more effective.  At least I would have smelled April Fresh.

But, I’m making progress.

It gets worse before it gets better, right?

I feel like I’m spinning plates right now, with many more projects in a state of semi-completion.

So, plenty of things to keep me busy.  Looking forward to sharing it all with you!

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    modern jane
    March 21, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    I totally feel you pain with the wallpaper removal.. but it is absolutely worth it! Except I ended up putting more wallpaper up:) That is a super cool place for a chalkboard wall!

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    March 21, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    I have tons of unfinished projects. One of my goals this year was to focus on finishing them.

    Do you mind if I ask what color paint you have in your bedroom? I am considering blues for our remodel in there.

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    March 21, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    Love the chalkboard wall. Can't wait to see how your bathroom turns out.

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    March 21, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    Wow what a difference taking that wallpaper off makes.
    I know it can be a pain.

    i was wondering what color is in your bedroom too

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    March 22, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    I love the chalboard wall! Thanks for sharing! I am n=your newest follower!

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    March 22, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    What I like is that blue room peeking out from the brown hallway. . very nice.

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    A Vintage Vine
    March 22, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    I had to check in on you…I feel like I have been gone forever! Only a week, but it feels like a yr. WOW, look at that chalkboard wall! I like that it is only the corner part! Very creative and original….Good luck with that wall paper! "Spinning plates", great phrase!!! Now I need to go check out all the other great projects you tackled last week!

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    The Starr Family
    March 23, 2011 at 1:46 am

    Three cheers for Freedom from Wallpaper! Argyle wallpaper! Yeah!

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    Handy Man, Crafty Woman
    March 23, 2011 at 1:52 am

    wallpaper IS awful!! Love that chalkboard wall. Great spot for it!

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    Kim @ Savvy Southern Style
    March 23, 2011 at 1:53 am

    I despise removing wallpaper. I took it down in our powder room after I grew tired of it and for some reason those walls weren't sized before the paper went up so a lot of the drywall came off with the paper leaving a lot of imperfections in the walls. Now I am hoping my husband will add beadboard in there some day. You are doing an excellent job and I love the chalkboard wall.

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    March 24, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    That looks like the prefect place for a little chalk board paint – and the perfect season too 🙂

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    The Rusty Bucket
    March 27, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    I remember taking wallpaper down over 10 years ago and actually buying this nasty spray stuff. Thinking that I'm super woman, I, of course, didn't wear a mask or ventilate the area. I ended up with this horrible respiratory infection for weeks. I wish I then what I know now. vinegar is way cheaper and healthier!! and I love pickles so you can sit next ot me.

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    Carrie @ Dittle Dattle
    April 1, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    Very cool idea to add the chalkboard. I've pondering the idea of adding something upstairs for the kiddos to play around, just looking for the right spot. I know how you feel, so many ideas and projects in a half done state can leave your mind cluttered! I know better that to do that to myself so why do I keep doing it? ha ha Have a great weekend 😀

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