Unleash your inner child and get ready to write all over the house! Chalkboards have made the leap from classroom teaching aid to home decorating essential. With a little imagination, you can transform almost any household surface into a chalkboard. Once you get started, you will discover many fun and creative ways to incorporate this schoolhouse staple into your home’s decor.
Go big by turning an unused wall into a chalkboard collage. Create a menu wall in the dining room by using a grouping of framed vintage chalkboards. Your chalkboard grouping can highlight the week’s dinner offerings and a give a nod to the resident chef. Paint a chalkboard wall in your home office and design a calendar for staying on top of important business appointments and deadlines. The kitchen provides the perfect location for a family chalkboard. Everyone can jot down daily schedules, notes, reminders and grocery store requests.
Pick up a flea market table and create an activity station for the little ones. Paint the tabletop with a coat of specialized blackboard paint. Make a round cutout in the center of the table to hold a metal bowl for chalk and erasers. Your child’s uninspired toy box can serve double duty as a storage chalkboard. Spray or brush the entire piece with chalkboard paint. Once the toys go back in the box, break out the chalk for an impromptu art session. Transform an old dresser, buffet or cabinet into a whimsical conversation piece. Apply chalkboard paint and accessorize the piece with elegant glass drawer pulls. Write on each drawer or door with the contents found inside.
Chalkboard accessory ideas appeal to children and adults alike. Bring your world globe down from the attic, clean it up and cover it in chalkboard paint. The kids can draw outlines of the countries they are learning about in school. Amateur gardeners will enjoy painted chalkboard terracotta pots. Label each pot with the plant name for a kitchen herb or seedling. Purchase slate tiles to use as placemats or serving boards for your next wine and cheese party. Slate placemats can also serve as oversized place cards to direct guests to their seats. Present a variety of cheeses on slate tiles and write down the name of each cheese type right on the tile surface.
Highlight architectural features of your home with a coat of chalkboard paint. Rather than installing crown molding in a room, paint a chalkboard border along the top of your wall. Draw in your own dentil detail or fancy flourishes to suit your mood and decor. Transform an old door or ornately framed mirrors into a functional architecture by painting them with magnetic chalkboard paint. Use them as communication stations, inspiration boards or a spot to showcase your child’s latest artwork.
When using chalkboards in the home, think beyond the confines of traditional black. Thanks to innovative paint manufacturers, you can find chalkboard paint in a rainbow of fashion colors. Before using your chalkboard for the first time, season the surface to prevent indelible images. Burnish the entire board with chalk, wipe down with a slightly damp cloth and let dry. Your chalkboard will erase perfectly time after time.
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