I am so excited to have Sarah from the blog An Inviting Home here to share with you all today. On her blog, Sarah shares real, down to earth thoughts about decorating, organizing, and parenting that make everything seem so approachable. And she has created a really beautiful home on a tight budget (see why I like her?). Not to mention she shares amazing tips like this one that totally changed my laundry routine. I know you are going to love her!
Hi everyone! My name is Sarah and I hang out over at An Inviting Home.
Carrie and I actually first “met” through reading each others blogs. Since then I’ve been influenced by her awesome designs and love her “be bold” attitude! One project in particular that totally inspired me was her plank wall. She made it look so easy that I finally decided to give it a try.
To add another fun element to our living room and help frame out the wall we decided to create a giant guest book wall. Today, I thought I would tell you a few tips and tricks that we have learned since first creating it.
To create this wall I simply painted two coats of chalkboard paint and let it cure for at least three days. I went back and forth on if I should “condition” it or not. I explain more about that process here. In the end I guess I am glad that I did end up conditioning the wall. Here is why…
I found that with chalkboard markers the writing is hard to erase. This can be good and bad. Good for something like this where you are wanting to keep the writing long term and not have it smudge or smear easily with little ones roaming. Bad if you use chalkboard markers for something like a weekly grocery list that you are changing constantly.
I found that the best way to remove the remains of a chalkboard marker is by using a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. Sometimes it still doesn’t come off completely and that is when I have found that re-conditioning individual spots has worked to cover up what is left and write over it.
When it comes to having people actually sign the guest book that is best done by making it a family affair. The kids are always excited to tell their friends that they get to “sign the wall” which is a good thing since most times I forget to have friends sign it.
One of my favorite places to sit in the morning is on the left couch with a cup of coffee in hand. I enjoy a few moments of quiet before the kids wake up and always find myself glancing over at this wall remembering so many fun memories spent with cherished friends.