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The Noncommittal Chalkboard Wall (contact paper alternative)

The Noncommittal Chalkboard Wall

Not going to lie, sometimes I have a hard time committing to ‘boldly’ decorating in my house.  There are a few projects I’d like to do, but I just don’t want to commit!  Like chalkboard walls. As much as I think they are fun and beautiful, I can’ t seem to commit this one wall in our small space to it!

Yet that is.The Noncommittal Chalkboard Wall (contact paper alternative)

When I look at the pictures below, I think again, “I WANT that.” Don’t you? Take a look at these beauties below.

There is so much you can do, create, and re-create with a chalkboard wall! And it’s black, which is one of my favorite colors for inside a house, like you’ll see in my bedroom, entry, and bathroom! I wanted to use chalkboard paint where where I originally had the DIY Industrial Tapestry hanging. But, like a flaky date, I couldn’t follow through.

So I decided to use some thin, and sanded plywood we had leftover (I have a feeling we’ll always have leftover plywood laying around), and used that instead! It fit perfect under my pipe hanging rack..


You’re probably thinking, “Why not just use chalkboard contact paper?” Besides having the plywood and chalkboard paint already on hand, I read that the contact paper is best on a non textured surface for smooth writing. Our walls are anything but smooth, so plywood it was!

The thinner the plywood the better for this project. I wanted my to be as flush against the wall as possible. With thin plywood you don’t need to worry about getting screwing it in right on the studs, so there’s more freedom of placement!

You can get all  you need for this project right at your local home improvement store! They can point you to the right wood and cut it to size in store! No need for a saw or mess back at home.

Then I used Rust-Oleum Chalkboard Paint and a high density foam roller to do two coats on the board. Truth: I always do the minimal amount of drying time minus some and it turns out fine…Again, I’m an impatient diy-er. After it had dried we screwed it into the wall with black screws. Because the plywood was so thin and had been in various positions in our garage, it had warped slightly off the wall. Luckily, the black screws camouflaged well so we just added one on either side of the warp.

I love the way it turned out! Just in time for Christmas decorating. And the pipe mount will be great for hanging other items off for the rest of the year! It might just convince me to paint that whole section black.. Oo lala, we shall see, we shall see.

So if you think you love chalkboard walls but aren’t ready to commit to that particular relationship, then this project is for you! Do you already have a chalkboard wall at home? Share it with me on Facebook or send me a link in the comments below!


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  • Reply Guerrina

    Great solution! I haven’t been able to commit to a chalkboard wall either and this may be the perfect solution for me! Thank you from the New England Coast!

    December 17, 2014 at 5:35 am
  • Reply Erica

    I lurve it so much! Great way to get the look without the permanency or commitment. I really need to get on painting my chalkboard wall in my entry way… it’s been on the to-do list for months…

    December 17, 2014 at 9:54 am
  • Reply Brita

    It turned out so well! I love it under the pipe. Also… cameo! Holla!

    December 17, 2014 at 2:58 pm
  • Reply Bre @ Average But Inspired

    Karisa! This is SO smart!!! I have a skinny wall in my kitchen that I’ve been dying to do a chalkboard wall on, but I know my husband will not go for it. I never ever ever thought to do a non-committal version, though! Thank you SO much for this idea! Also, thank you very much for sharing with us at On Display Thursday. I know you’re busy and we appreciate you taking the time to share with us!! xo

    December 19, 2014 at 5:42 pm
  • Reply Cat @ therusticwillow

    OBSESSED. My boyfriend doesn’t love the chalkboard walls, and I do, so maybe this will be a compromise? I’m hoping so. I think you may have made all of my chalkboard dreams come true.

    December 30, 2014 at 5:13 pm
    • Reply Petite Modern Life

      I think that’s where my husband and I fell into compromise ;) So long as I’m the one to fill in the screw holes if it ever comes down!

      December 30, 2014 at 9:54 pm
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    Great idea… really great for someone in an apartment too! Pinning!


    January 8, 2015 at 7:10 pm
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