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I remember back a couple of years ago when I was shopping in an antique store and I spied a beautiful rust-colored cow-head bust. Its’ sweet face really captivated me and I considered buying it. Reality struck…where was it going to go? It’s too expensive. Are you crazy? As time went on, I often thought about Bessie – the name I gave my cute cow. I don’t even know why I gave her that name…it’s my grandmothers name! Maybe because my grandmother was a sweet, gentle and kind lady.
Not long after this shopping venture, I discovered Decor Steals – an online shop that offers a Deal of the Day sale of a select item in a flash sale. Lo and behold on one particular day – you guessed it – there was a sweet cow looking at me from my iPad screen. The price was less than half of the one I saw in the antique shop. But, my fingers didn’t work quick enough and it sold out before I could purchase it. As ironic as it sounds – Decor Steals also calls this cow Bessie…or Flossie.
Anyway, after Christmas this year Decor Steals had another flash sale offering for Bessie and this time I didn’t hesitate – I bought her. I didn’t know where she was going to be displayed or even what room she would be placed in…I just bought her! Last week she arrived and she is beautiful!
As soon as I opened the box I knew exactly where she was going to hang in honor in our home. Being that our house is an open-concept layout, wall space is scarce. There is a small narrow wall near our back garage door that leads into the kitchen area that I knew would be a perfect place for Bessie. I also knew that I was going to paint this wall with chalkboard paint. I din’t want the chalkboard to be black or green, which are the standard pre-made colors. I have made chalkboard paint before and you can make it in any color that your heart desires.
Stir together being very sure to remove all of the lumps. Immediately paint the area that you would like to be chalkboard. It dries very quickly but let it sit for 24 hours before you begin using as a chalkboard.
Mix until all lumps are removed. I had this gray paint leftover from another house project and I love the color.
At first I was going to use the sponge brush to paint the wall, but then I decided to try using the paint roller. Boy, am I glad that I did! After I collected my materials together, this project was complete in just 8 minutes! The paint and unsanded tile grout mix quickly and this wall was flat and unobstructed so it made for very quick painting.
I am super happy with my custom color chalkboard wall and more importantly I love Bessie! She adds such warmth and charm to an unused wall. The chalk cleans up off the wall like a dream too! I can’t believe I waited so long to create a feature wall like this…but I guess I just needed inspiration to strike 🙂