Turkish Rug Inspired Chalkboard project, before and after
Stacy Risenmay portrait

Turkish Rug Inspired Chalkboard

Fun Imperfect Patterns

Stacy Risenmay

Not Just a Housewife

I added color to my boring white dining room by painting a colorful border around a giant chalkboard menu.

Behr Color Palette

This color is Glamorous



This color is Morocco Red

Morocco Red


This color is Marmalade Glaze

Marmalade Glaze


This color is Sassy Grass

Sassy Grass


This color is Sultana



This color is Dark Navy

Dark Navy


I recently repainted my kitchen and dining area a nice bright white. While I love how fresh it is, it was severely lacking in color. I had painted a large chalkboard on one of the walls and decided to add a colorful border.

I am currently crushing on Turkish kilim rugs. I love their bright colors and fun (imperfect) patterns so I painted the border to resemble one of those rugs.

The first step is to decide how wide you want the border to be and tape it off. I taped off the border on the chalkboard paint for two reasons. One, I didn't want the chalkboard any bigger than it already was. Two, I would be using dark, saturated colors and painting over the white would have taken more coats of paint.

Creating outline for design with painters’ tape
Creating outline for design with painters’ tape with more details
Starting to paint with Behr colors within painters’ tape

After you have the border taped off, tape off some stripes. Make sure and clean the chalkboard with hot soapy water before painting on it.

You will have to tape and paint twice since the areas with tape will also need to be painted. Paint the first round of stripes using a foam brush.

When all the stripes from round one have been painted, remove the tape. Allow it to fully dry before taping the second round. While I was waiting for the paint to dry, I decided what colors to paint the other stripes. I dabbed a bit of paint on the unpainted stripes.

The fun part about a random pattern is that you don’t have to plan much or measure. Have fun with it. Make some wide and some thin.

After you tape off for the second time, I like to paint the edges of the tape with the base color to ensure that I get super crisp lines. Once that is dry, you can paint the second round of stripes. Remove the tape when you are done and allow it to dry.

Chalboard taped off
Closeup of chaklboard with tape
Painting in the details

Visualize It

Caulk drawing of designs for wall

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Next is the fun part! You get to add some fun detail with a smaller paint brush. I looked at real Turkish rugs for inspiration and copied those elements onto my border.

The Big Reveal

Continuing to paint designs
Continuing to paint with Behr colors
Painting little designs within the painted colors

I first drew them on with chalk so I could get an idea of what it would look like. If I changed my mind, I could just erase it and do something else. Once I had the designs I wanted, I started hand painting them on.

I love how it turned out! Not only does it add much needed color to my dining room, but it is a fun element that makes my space unique!

Stacy Risenmay portrait

Stacy Risenmay

Stacy shares the stories and adventures of fixing up her 1938 cottage-style home while also being the mom to 4 young boys. She loves sharing ideas that everyone can do and hopes to inspire more women to tackle DIY projects. She is also the author of the new book called "Natural Accents."