Chalkboard paint has caught on like wildfire. It’s SO versatile and fun to use. Everything you paint becomes a writable surface for colorful drawings and messages. With a quick erase, you can change things up to whatever you feel. We bought a quart for our apartment and have found a few different uses for it so far. A little goes a long way, and I’m here to show you many ways to use chalkboard paint!
My awesome and resourceful roomie Sarah painted a quick board right on our wall by mapping out a square with blue painter’s tape and painting inside the lines. My other talented roomie Katy had a shelf ledge lying around which she painted blue-gray and mounted right under the board. Now it holds all our chalk!
I had this rustic 8X10 open-back frame for a while and none of my photos or art looked right inside it. The muted green frame just seemed begging for a blackboard. I painted a piece of cardboard with a few coats and taped it behind the frame…done and done! It took just a few minutes. Sarah sketched this cute scene as a placeholder…my ultimate vision for the piece is this decal from the incredible Shanna Murray.
I’m trying to be disciplined and wait for my birthday, but I don’t know if I can wait! It will look so good front and center against the black paint.
My super-talented and crafty friend Elise recently decided her 80’s fridge was in need of a makeover, so she updated it by covering it in chalkboard paint, and documented the process on her blog. Doesn’t it look fantastic…and don’t you want to be invited to their house for dinner?
I also love seeing projects with non-traditional chalkboard colors…these fun arrows come in a variety of unique colors and are perfect for special events.
P.S. Does anyone remember the giant chalkboard wall in Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s bedroom in 500 Days of Summer? His character was an architect and it was so inspiring him watching him sketch his ideas on the wall (seen here behind Zooey Deschanel). My inner allergy-sufferer tells me this is a risky idea for a bedroom, but I love the look nonetheless :)