I’m in a bit of a frenzy with organizing and decorating the studio lately. I feel like I need a good clean sweep as I close out the year, I guess.
One thing I’ve been meaning to do for months is get some kind of whiteboard or chalkboard in here, mostly to keep track of things we need to buy, but also just for notes and fun stuff. There’s this short (well, 7 1/2 feet) divider wall near my big work table that seemed the perfect spot for it. It separates the main workspace from the kitchenette.
I bought a big roll of black contact paper on amazon for about 30 bucks. You get 75 feet in a roll, so more than enough for a wall like this. Chalkboard contact paper is the same as plain black contact paper, by the way.
First, I tested it out by papering the side of one of my ikea bookshelves. I tried cutting the right length and removing the backing, then sticking the whole thing up.
Needless to say, it was a DISASTER. The stuff was sticking to everything, sticking to itself, bubbling like crazy. This approach might work if there’d been someone to help, but I was all alone.
When I got to the wall, I had a different and much better method.
First, I unpeeled about a foot of backing from the top and trimmed it off, folding down a little lip for me to grab onto.
I aligned the top of the strip with the edges of the wall and smoothed it down. Then I began pulling off the rest of the backing, smoothing it to the wall as I went. This worked beautifully and was actually really easy. Afterwards, I smoothed it more with the edge of a credit card.
If your wall has any imperfections or lumps, they’ll show through a bit. Mine definitely isn’t perfectly smooth, but I don’t particularly care. You can also see the seams when you look closely, but I’m not fussy about that either.
I did four panels all together, then trimmed the top and bottom edges when it was done.
And that’s it, I have a massive chalkboard in the studio for $30! Not only that, but it’s easily removable and I have a ton left over for other projects.
I really like the way the black breaks up the room a bit. Dark walls feel so cozy to me, and in a loft like this, coziness is very welcome.
I think I have an idea of how I’ll use some of the leftovers, so I’ll be back with that project soon, I’m sure.
One more thing: I bought a chalk marker to use with it, since you can write precisely with it. I bought this chalk ink fine tip pen, and it works beautifully.