A few months ago we painted our bedroom to cover up a bright orange accent wall. I mean, I love orange, but maybe not looming overhead in our already bright bedroom. We used black chalkboard paint because I wanted to draw something graphic and awesome on the walls, maybe inspired by Dana Tanamachi:
But I had other ideas floating around too, and I couldn’t make up my mind. It’s completely ridiculous – the whole thing is going to be chalked and couldn’t be easier to change. Finally I settled on a map of Chicago for a few reasons: 1. It’s where we are from and a city we love, 2. I could trace it off of Google maps, and 3. I was inspired by the look of these papercut maps.
Supplies required: chalk, computer, projector, darkness, endless patience, and a crazy person.
Fancy setup, right? Note the Quickbooks for Dummies leveling the projector – best use I’ve ever gotten out of that book.
Here I’m lining up the image with the work I’d done the previous night. Since it’s too bright during the day (our bedroom has no doors and tons of windows) I have to wait until at least 8:30 to get started. I can get a few hours in and then I start going cross-eyed and have to call it a day.
Here’s how it looked this morning. Yes, I stood on the fire safe box on the step stool to reach the top. I had to- the ladder is holding the projector! I’d say I’m about 1/3 of the way finished. And to think I originally planned to knock this out in a weekend, ha.
Overall I am excited about the project but DREADING the rest of the chalking. After I finish the outline I’ll go back in and clean up any crazy parts, figure out how to differentiate the river and rail lines, maybe add some designations for major streets, neighborhoods or our favorite old haunts. Check back in 2015
Also, I’m considering putting a sign on the front door- NO ERASERS ALLOWED!