So if you haven’t seen all the cool things being done now with chalkboard paint (yes, they make that!) then you are missing out. Decorating with chalkboard paint is easy, practical, cool and very now… We’ve come a long way from just using it in kids rooms! So here is a tutorial on how to use chalkboard paint in your home, and some great inspiration from bloggers across the web in using it in creative and interesting ways.
How to Use Chalkboard Paint
- Short nap roller
- Chalkboard paint from any home improvement store. We like Benjamin Moore, you can have it tinted to any color, so you aren’t limited to slate grey!
- Optional: Primer, sandpaper, rags for cleanup
Prep your surface. Perhaps more than other surfaces, you want the place you paint with chalkboard paint to be smooth and relatively free of defects. Remember, you will be writing on this surface! Use Spackle to fill holes, sand imperfections, or apply primer to metal, plastic, or shiny surfaces.
Tape off area if necessary. Roll on chalkboard paint with a short nap roller. Allow to dry at least 3 days before using your chalkboard area.
That’s it! It’s really important to wait the full three days to use your chalkboard, otherwise the chalk may not erase properly. The paint manufacturer recommends rubbing chalk over the entire surface to “prime” it before your first use, then erase… Check out these great ideas on using chalkboard paint in home decorating.
This is a great idea for kids play… Paint the entire tabletop with a tinted chalkboard paint in any color to match your children’s room decor. Kids can use chalk to create games, use it as an artists table or practice the alphabet.
Paint the front of dresser drawers… You can use chalk to label the drawers for easy clean up time. Also really useful in a craft room so you know just where to find what!
Paint a pantry door to keep your to-do lists and grocery lists all in the same place!
Steve loves these chalkboard stairs, and I agree… how cool is this!
Closet doors, or sliding pantry doors? Can you imagine painting your kids closet doors with chalkboard paint? They might actually be QUIET for a half hour!
Gotta love this chalkboard banner… you can find the tutorial at Delia Creates.
Using chalkboard paint to create wall art is just the type of thing Creature Comforts blog would come up with. You can read how she did it here.
PopSugar has a creative idea on how to create dining chair place cards!
Our Fifth House has a great tutorial to create this family planner… I need this in my house!
Finally, believe it or not, this one from Hunted Interior might be my fav… so easy, and makes such good use of those empty kitchen walls, especially in those galley style kitchens so may of us in small homes deal with. Charming!
Let us know which one you try, and how it turns out! We love your comments!Image Credits: Lynne Knowlton, Paint It!, Benjamin Moore, House and Home, Katy Lifestyles, Delia Creates, casasugar, Our Fifth House, Hunted Interior