Friday, November 27, 2015

Top Chalkboard Paint Ideas


Rent to Chalkboards are not just for classrooms these days. A new emerging trend is using chalkboards in various ways inside your home.
Black Is the New Black
Forget white walls — bright accessories make a bigger impact when arranged against a black chalkboard wall. Bonus: The wall art (and its shelf life) is totally up to you!
Just Add Art
When creating a gallery wall, leave room to create your own artwork. Blogger Janel Beals painted her walls with chalkboard paint, then included empty black frames to house of-the-moment notes and quotes.
Chalk on the Ceiling
When creating a chalkboard surface, don't forget the fifth wall. Get inspired while you sleep with a bold, hand-drawn graphic, like this Pegasus seen on Home by Novogratz.
Custom Quotations
Fill the void behind your sofa with an artful display of a favorite quote. Designers Anissa Darnell and Julie Holloway of Milk and Honey Home painted panels of wood with chalkboard paint, then framed them with rustic wood and stenciled on a meaningful saying.
Create Found-Object Art
When the design team at Birdhouse Interior Design opted not to use an original door in this 1910 farmhouse remodel, they repurposed it as an art piece in the bathroom. It's coated in chalkboard paint and scrawled with a whimsical Dr. Seuss quote.
Cool Kitchen Art Space
Here's a new way to display kids' artwork on the fridge: Let them draw on it! Designer Lauren Liesstransformed her almond-colored fridge into a functional chalkboard perfect for her son's latest artwork or family grocery lists. Want to paint your own refrigerator? Clean thoroughly, then lightly sand before cracking open the chalkboard paint.
Art Within Reach
Another option to keep little hands occupied while Mom and Dad cook dinner: chalkboard cabinets. Designer Danielle Colding painted the bottom row of cabinets with chalkboard paint; they're just the right height for this family's two-year-old son.
Dinnertime Doodles
Kids gravitate to forbidden drawing surfaces, like tables and walls. Take away the limits with a chalkboard-painted tabletop.
Family Message Center
School days bring hectic fall schedules. Remember soccer practice and piano lessons with a handmade chalkboard for family messages. Use classic black chalk paint, or have it tinted to your favorite hue.
Continuous Calendar
Dedicate a spot in your home office to a chalkboard calendar. Use chalk pens to draw the calendar shell, then add key dates and appointments each month.
Black Whiteboard
This may look like chalkboard paint, but it's actually a black dry-erase paint. Use markers to come up with your next big idea, then wipe with a damp cloth when you're ready to start fresh.
A New Fireplace on the Cheap
When blogger Nester Smith wanted to dress up her traditional gas fireplace, she added chalkboard decals and drew chalk "bricks" to create a modern, whimsical style.
Chalkboard Headboard
Turn a plain piece of wood into a whimsical DIY headboard with chalkboard paint and a handmade stencil, like this one designer Maureen Toribio created. She used dustless chalk to keep pillows and blankets pristine. Silhouette image courtesy of Susie Harrington of Petite Prints.
Create a Colorful Chalkboard Dresser
Give a boring old dresser playful, child-friendly style with colorful chalkboard paint. Start by labeling drawers for easy organizing, then let your kids' imaginations do the rest.
Movable Art
Short on space? Create a movable chalkboard with blackboard fabric that rolls up when not in use. Rub the fabric with chalk before using to "prime" the surface.

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