JULY 24TH, 2008 11:49PM PST 

Today we're talking about chalkboard paint. It's an inexpensive, versatile medium that can provide a lot of impact. One of my all-time favorite DIY projects was creating this chalkboard out of an old thrift store painting.

This thing is huge. Almost five feet across. We simply popped the canvas out, gave it a coat of inexpensive chalkboard paint from Michaels, painted the frame and put it back together. Super easy and really fun to use!

I like to keep the chalk in nearby bowl, but you can hot glue a painted-to-match Scrabble tile caddy to the underside as well. This holds chalk perfectly

Since I still have a ton of chalkboard paint left, I thought we could look at some additional ways people have used chalkboard paint in their homes and businesses. Maybe you'll be inspired to get your paint on as well!

*How about turning a mirror into a candy-pink chalkboard?

Photo via Champagne Chic Interiors. Love it!

*This chalkboard globe is so much fun!

Image via MAKE.

*Gretchen over at Cocktail Moms made a chalkboard out of CHALKBOARD FABRIC!

I didn't even know there was such a thing.

*The kitchen is a great place for a chalkboard message center.

Image via The Kitchn.

Another favorite, from House Obsession's big kitchen reveal!

Wallcandy Arts has an amazing gallery of fun chalkboard shapes for kid's rooms:

Found via Design Milk

*Parea uses the entire wall as their chalkboard menu.

*I love these chalkboard cabinets from Bill On Capitol Hill. Look closely at the handles!

*This chalkboard wall with clock addition is fantastic.

*An exterior chalkboard set in a crumbling aqua wall-fabulous!

*Change your wall color on a whim-with chalk!

Additional Ideas:

*Want a magnetic chalkboard? Just paint a layer of magnetic paint under the chalk layer. Dress up your board with yesterday's magnets.

*Hang a chalkboard on your porch or back door for messages. How about next to the phone?

*If your decor is more playful you might get away with hanging a small on in your bathroom-dive bar style!

*Paint the top of a table to create a fun coffee or kitchen table.

*Tape off a single panel on a paneled door for an instant chalkboard.

*Try painting the inside of old serving trays for a kitchen chalkboard grouping.

*Keep your chalkboard in a central place. Decorate it with drawings and garlands for holidays.

Additional Links:

*MAKE your own COLORED chalkboard paint!

*Very cool peel and stick chalkboard panels

*Chalkboard necklaces and banners on Etsy!

Fun Flickr chalkboard groups:


Chalkboard Walls

Chalkboard Dust

Happy Chalking!

10 Responses to “DIY Chalkboard Paint”

  1. please sir Says:

    I love chalkboards!! That globe idea is pretty cool – and unique!

  2. Lilli Says:

    Wonderful post! I adore chalkboards.

    P.S. May I please have one tenth of your energy? :) Such an inspiring place to visit

  3. Emily Says:

    I keep saying I want to do some chalkboard paint around my house and keep not doing it. you’ve inspired me to get off my lazy butt and do it!!

    Great informative post. Now I feel like I can do it with this help.

    Great site!

  4. Jennifer ramos Says:

    The dining area with the HUGE chalkboard wall is the best!! Great post.

    Jen Ramos
    ‘100% Recycled DESIGNER Cards & More’

  5. Chelsea Ann Says:

    Hmmm… how do you get a pink colored chalk board. I thought the paint only came in green and black!

  6. admin Says:

    Chelsea-under “additional links” you’ll find directions to make your own colored chalkboard paint. Then you can make whatever colors you like!

  7. adult friend Says:

    adult friend…

    Cool topic…I thought about your points and must say I agree with a lot of what you mentioned. I’m going to share your blog with my loyal readers. …

  8. Jessica Says:

    Yeah, this stuff never gets old to me. I have a whole wall in my office. Those last little animals are the cutest idea.

  9. julie Says:

    I want to put magnetic paint directly on a mirror and then put the chalkboard paint over it. Will it adhere?

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