Saturday, January 7, 2012

Chalk It Up! Creative Uses for Chalkboard Paint

Think chalkboards are only for school rooms?

Think again!

Chalkboard paint, a special type of paint available

at craft and home improvement stores, dries to a 

wonderful chalkboard finish.

What a great way to add personal flair throughout 

your home. Take a look at some of these great

ideas for inspiration and imagine the possibilities!

Platter chalkboard by miekekanis via Etsy

Framed chalkboards by ShugabeeLane via Etsy 

The most awesome kitchen wall EVER
(wall by lovelace interior design)

Chalkboard Door Done!

Chalkboard pantry door

Another pantry door with chalkboard paint


Bedroom wall with chalkboard paint

Unknown source, from Pinterest

Art chalkboard wall with DIY instructions from Michelle Lunt

Behind an old frame = great look!

he he

Chalkboard door


Chalkboard calendar made from an old window frame

Dining room chalkboard wall

Painted directly onto furniture: Wonderful! (and wonderful tutorial for this project from Whipperberry!  *be sure to follow her directions for seasoning your chalkboard before using it!)

Chalkboard coffee table-top: perfect for keeping score on game night!
(from Better Homes & Gardens)

Wine wall = Fabulous!

Creative place settings (via Martha)

Photo via Pottery Barn

What fun! I wish I had this when my girls were this age!  (fabulous project from Nest of Posies)

Coordinate the chalkboard paint to your mudroom (directions at end of post) image via Martha

Customize your decor - inspire yourself!
via BrookeAckley

Framed chalkboards by ShugabeeLane via Etsy  (above and below)

Chalkboard to-do list by A Beach Cottage

Kitchen island by Dear Lillie

Chalkbaord door DIY

 To get this look: begin with a base coat of chalkboard paint, and then mix in varying
amounts of white chalkboard paint to create the lighter squares.
  via Martha

Custom Colors How-To from Martha Stewart

Start with flat-finish latex paint in any shade. For small areas, such as a door panel, mix 1 cup at a time.
1. Pour 1 cup of paint into a container. Add 2 tablespoons of unsanded tile grout. Mix with a paint stirrer, carefully breaking up clumps.
2. Apply paint with a roller or a sponge paintbrush to a primed or painted surface. Work in small sections, going over the same spot several times to ensure full, even coverage. Let dry.
3. Smooth area with 150-grit sandpaper, and wipe off dust.
4. To condition: Rub the side of a piece of chalk over entire surface. Wipe away residue with a barely damp sponge. (directions from Martha Stewart)                                                          

Or....Make Your Own Chalkboard Paint! 

1 cup of flat paint + 2 tablespoons unsanded grout = chalk paint!

Yes - you can make it in any color!

Take a look at colored chalkboard paint...

Chalkboard globes bluebellbazaar on Etsy

Chalkboard paint pumpkin - great for kids!

Chalkboard paint cabinets

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  1. Popping in from the Etsy Blog Team!

    Love all these ideas. Hm. Am thinking chalkboard painted hearts on one wall in our master bedroom. Then we could update love notes to one another, my husband and I. Wishful thinking ;)

  2. Fab post! I have been considering a Chalkboard "headboard"..paint a large rectangle of chalkboard paint behind my bed and draw on a scrolly faux iron headboard or fav saying of the moment. I mentioned it to my husband and he sort of gave me the raised eyebrow..he just has no vision! LOL (I still may do it!)

  3. omg that calendar!

  4. Awesome post! Thanks for the great round up!

  5. What fun ideas! I love that you can create your own!!!

    1. Yeah, it's the perfect way to use up that last little bit of paint you always land up with after a big project.

  6. I know this is all about chalkboard paint but dang I love that yellow coffee table!!

    --stopping by from etsy blog team

  7. I love the calender on the wall!

  8. I love all, especially the DIY colored chalkboard. I'm definetely gonna try it. thank you much for great ideas :)

  9. Terrific examples. It also took me down memory lane when the idea of painted placemats and personalized with names! My mother used to let me do this on plastic place mats using fingernail polish....I have been wanting to show this to my grandchildren but way too messy. Thanks for Chalkboard paint instead....Awesome info. Can't thank you enough!

  10. LOVE this post. amazing round up of inspiration. - the best i've ever seen!

    thanks for including my chalkboard wall for the kids! appreciate it so very much!

    happy Monday!

  11. What kind of paint should I use to make my own? Oil or water-based?

  12. What do I think?? I think this post, and all those chalk board ideas is amazing!!

    Thank you..found you on Pinterest.

    cannot wait to see rest of your blog. =)


  13. love all these idea's. i just bought a little pot and painted my son's chest of draws front and he is now sat in his rooms drawing on them. but i'm looking round the house at what else i can paint

  14. I love this. My question is how hard is it to cover up if your don't want the item painted with chalkboard paint anymore? Do you just paint over it with new, regular paint?

  15. Wow! These are amazing! Love them all! I love the Headboard, Pantry, Individual Picture Frames, Daily Menu, etc! So, So Cute! Great Imaginative Creations!

  16. This is so great! I can't wait to do the "home" ones once I have my own house & family.

  17. Many wonderful ideas! Thanks for the inspiration.

  18. Thank you so much for featuring my chalkboard wall among these other awesome projects!

    Warmly, Michelle
    Honey I'm Home


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