Do you have a big blank giant enormous wall in your house?

Me, too.

Actually, I think we have the biggest, blankest wall in North America.


You might not have noticed its big blankness because it’s cleverly disguised by the giant multi-paned chalkboard that takes up almost the entire space.

But before that chalkboard…..well…..that wall would totally have shown up on Mr. Blackwell’s worst dressed list.

At the very top.

I tried everything.  I painted it khaki and I painted it gray and I hung yard sale frames and then coasters and then iron pieces ……and nothing worked.

Chalkboard Calendar project
It just looked unfocused and outdated and a little like I was trying too hard.


Kind of like my perm from 1994.

All ratted out with split ends and nowhere to go.

And then I saw a broken 40 pane window in the trash….and the rest is history.


So just in case you have a big blank wall……and no one has thrown away a window in your neighborhood…..I posted some creative ideas on what do with all that blank space over at the Lamp’s Plus blog today.

And can we keep the whole split-ended perm ratted up with Aqua Net thing……just between us?

I wouldn’t want the walls to talk. 🙂





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  1. Image for Amy@the Avery House Amy@the Avery House

    You have all the luck ;-) finding broken window panes and all. All I find is dirty old shoes and half eaten sandwiches. I am not sure how good they would look up on my wall. ;-)! I love your window pane chalk board and think it just suits your wall very nicely. You know perhaps it was the perms and aqua net claw bangs we girls sported in the 80's that paved the way for fabulous creativity and style such as yours. Hope your day is less rainy and cold. I'm building an ark down here in Knoxville. I'll float on up there to Kentucky and give you a ride if you need one! :-)

  2. Image for Lisa Lisa

    Karianne, your window was a great solution to that big blank wall - the scale is perfect and the black of the chalkboard gives it a pop. What a creative use of a lucky find!!

  3. Image for Suzanne at Pieced Pastimes Suzanne at Pieced Pastimes

    Hi Karianne - Thanks for visiting and leaving such a nice comment about my Pom-Pom wreath. Your chalkboard windowpane looks like it was made for the wall - so pretty! I have a couple blank areas in our home that are in need of something, so I am heading over to check out your Lamp's Plus. Have a Wonderful Day, Suzanne

  4. Image for Samantha Samantha

    I love your chalkboard frame - it has to be one of my favourite walls ever! And don't diss the perm! I had them all through the 80's (we were just the same in the UK) and wouldn't swap my 80's hair for anything! I have one photo from school which always cracks me up - me and three friends were sitting with our arms round each other for the photo and we all had shoulder length brown permed hair and we look like we are all sharing a huge wig!! So funny!

  5. Image for Beverly Beverly

    Good morning, my sweet friend. Guess what! I laid in bed and listed to the radio until 7:30 this morning. Oh my!!! Did you feel the earth shake? And, now I'm visiting you while enjoying my coffee. I'm still waiting for my strawberry smoothie. Should I just get off my butt and make one for myself? Great thinking going on here. ♥♥♥ You know I love your big blank wall solution.

  6. Image for Mrs. C Mrs. C

    That's a perfect fit for you big, blank wall. I'm just a little envious that people in this part of the country do not part with old windows like that. If they do, they want big $$$ for them, never ever find treasures like that thrown out. I love what you did w/ it!

  7. Image for Donnamae Donnamae

    I can't believe you FOUND that windowpane! Who finds that kind of stuff! Not me...just as well....probably wouldn't know what to do with it. I have a problem wall...well, not actually a problem any more, we came to an agreement. I painted him a soothing color, hung a beautiful large photograph on center...and we've decided that that's enough....! I love your ideas...I'm intrigued by all the mirrors. Think of all the fun you could have hunting for a collection...road trips...antique shops...spilled coffee....getting lost! Oh my...;)

  8. Image for shirley@housepitalitydesigns shirley@housepitalitydesigns

    Love seeing your "chalkboard wall" of my very favorites walls of yours...along with the shuttered wall, the "recipe wall" and I could go on!! I remember my first and "only" perm....My mom gave me a "home perm" when I was in the first grade...Loved my long hair, but she thought it would be pretty short and curly....NOT!!...So my first grade picture is me with a bad perm and my two front teeth missing....!!..What could be worse!

  9. Image for Regina Regina

    Love the chalkboard, and checked out your post on Lamps Plus - LOVED the wall of photos!!! I want to do that! So versatile!!

  10. Image for SheilaG @ Plum Doodles SheilaG @ Plum Doodles

    I have a big ol' blank wall and a big ol' window that I've been planning to put on it for many, many months. Just can't seem to get there. Maybe because I need to paint first, but before that, hubby needs to repair some nail pops. Ah, some day. I'll live vicariously through you and your gorgeous wall. Oh, and our perms could swap a story or two....

  11. Image for Stacey Stacey

    Yes, I have more than one big blank wall and refuse to put something up just because. Must love it! Now if I could just come across a 40 pane window frame....:)

  12. Image for Laura Laura

    That is one of my favorite things that you have in your house, so if by chance you hear someone stealthily sneaking up to your house in the middle of the night, it won't be me. Hugs, Laura PS That person that may or may not be me will probably be giggling, because there is no way she can be stealthy.

  13. Image for Colleen Colleen

    I think I have you beat! I have a two story tall vaulted ceiling wall that goes from my livingroom to the kitchen and it's big and green and blank! It's so massive I just didn't even bother...I've come up with ideas over the years but whatever I do will have to be on such a grand scale that I chicken out and move on to easier decorating areas. Sigh*

  14. Image for Adventuresindinner Adventuresindinner

    Ok, the hole in the ozone layer is actually singularly my fault from my overuse of French Formula in the '80's. It was not a kind style decade for many of us. LOVE your wall idea. Going to have to be on the hunt for a big window just like it C:

  15. Image for Kelli Kelli

    HA! Oh my lands. Aqua Net. I'm thinking that you and I are kindred spirits! :) I too found a window frame in our neighbor's trash. Ours hangs in the entry. Those are the best finds...and beautiful! k.

  16. Image for Barbara F Barbara F

    You're killing me Kari! The 40 pane window frame, the white armillary, and the railroad sign ~ I love every single item!!!

  17. Image for Linda Linda

    I love the chalkboard window. I also love the armillary in white. Did your armillary come in natural metal and you painted it?

  18. Image for tara tara

    it's one of my favorite spots in your house..... every space is my favorite, but this one is special, friend. you have great luck with broken window panes and such.

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