Chalkboard Wall in the Pantry

Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint creates a vintage chalkboard look.

It’s time for another Thrifty Chicks project challenge with my talented blogger friends! This month we challenged ourselves with anything chalkboard related…because it’s back-to-school month, right?

Thrifty Chicks have monthly Junk-over Challenges

Make sure you check out all their amazing projects at the end of this post; I can’t wait to see them!

I decided for my project, I’d give my Pantry Wall a chalkboard makeover, because it’s been…boring.

Pantry Wall Refresh

I’ve actually been re-organizing and straightening everything up in here, which you can’t see because all the storage shelves are to the right of the open doorway. Check back Friday and you can see it all;)

I taped off the whole wall and trim. I decided to not use the “regular” chalkboard paint because it’s so black. I’ve already got a black floor and black countertops, so having a floor to ceiling black wall in the pantry would get a little dark.

Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint powder in Artissimo and Boxwood can be mixed in a 2 parts to 3 parts combo to create an amazing vintage-looking chalkboard. The grey-ish green color perfectly coordinates with the other elements in my kitchen {which you can see more of in “15 Year House Anniversary, Part 2”}.

Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint mixture creates a chalkboard paint.

I brushed the whole wall with two coats of the MMS Milk paint combo. I was really happy with the richness of color it provided.

Chalkboard wall created with Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint

Chalkboard Wall in Pantry

But my plan wasn’t done yet. Because any good junk project is better with the graphic punch of vintage yardsticks (which I sure proved with my “Sewing Machine Drawer Kitchen Organizer“), and this chalkboard needed a frame!

Rulers become a frame for a chalkboard wall.

Yardstick Frame for a chalkboard wall.

Yardstick frame for a chalkboard wall.

Mr. Fix-it got out his air nailer and compresser and the dog ran for the hills. He added some wood glue before nailing for a little extra stickiness. Voila’! Instant yardstick frame to coordinate with the other side of the pantry {which you can see in my post, “Pantry Organization, Vintage Inspired”.} Think I will brush on a quick coat of poly to these yardsticks, just to bring out their color and smooth out their differences a little. Poly just makes everything look better!

Before writing on your fresh chalkboard, always season it first by chalking over the whole surface with the side of the chalk and then wiping it with a cloth. This will help to not imprint whatever you write first.

Chalkboard pantry wall.

Chalkboard Wall in Pantry

Now it’s starting to look like a honest-to-goodness vintage chalkboard…only on an entire wall!

What will we write on it? I guess time will tell…

Pantry Chalkboard Wall

I’m thinking kiddos will write what they want me to buy at the store.

I’m sure there will be goofy family jokes.

I was thinking of writing a verse I want to memorize, or a verse I want to inspire my family with.

Any other ideas?

For now, I’m just happy with a refresh on this cute, little, practical place in the Fake Farmhouse!

Pantry Chalkboard Wall

And for a little tip on lettering: use a stencil set and trace around the letters that you pop out. Instant nice lettering, without a touch of artist needed!

Thanks, Thrifty Chicks friends, for inspiring me to do this fun project! Now take a look at what everyone else came up with. Here are the befores:

Thrifty Chicks Chalkboard Project Challenge

Click on the post title to visit each of the projects:

  1. Debra from Shoppe No. 5, “How To Make A Chalkboard From A Mirror”
  2. Diana from Adirondack Girl @ Heart, “Giving Vintage Jugs a Modern Look with Chalkboard Paint”
  3. Kandice from Just the Woods Painted Furniture and DIY, “Chalkboard Scoreboard”
  4. Me;)
  5. Marie at The Interior Frugalista “Chalkboard Message Center from Salvaged Cabinet Doors”
  6. Tania at Little Vintage Cottage “Chalkboards in any Color”
  7. Tuula from Thrifty Rebel Vintage “Quick Easy Cookie Sheet Chalkboard”

If you’d like to see our other Thrifty Chicks Challenges, check out these posts:

License Plates, “License Plate Trug How-To”

Kitchen Theme, “Sewing Machine Drawer Kitchen Organizer”

Chair Theme, “Leg-O-Matic Chair Refresh”


And please share the love and Pin away!


Chalkboard Wall in Pantry Pin

Sharing at these lovely parties:

To Grandma’s House We Go

Farmhouse Friday

Talk of the Town

Wow Us Wednesdays

The Scoop

Remodelaholic Friday Favorites

DIY Salvaged Junk Projects

Share Your Style

Vintage Charm

Sundays at Home

17 thoughts on “Chalkboard Wall in the Pantry

  1. Oh my goodness, Lora – first I love the idea of adding an entire chalkboard wall inside a pantry. Then I love the classic green color you painted it. But the yardstick frame idea is AMAZING! I could see this also in a playroom, games room, home office and the list goes on. LOVE it!

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