Creative Ways to Decorate a Home With Chalkboard Paint
Chalkboard paint is all the rage now. It comes in a variety of colors, so you aren’t stuck with plain old black. It’s become such a popular choice partially because it is so easy to work with. It requires virtually no preparation, since it adheres to almost any surface – including glossy paints. With almost no prep work needed, a decent life span and ease of cleaning, it’s no wonder people have found so many different ways to use it.
1. Wall Quotes
Having an entire wall – or part of a wall – done with chalkboard paint can lead to some interesting creations. For starters, you wouldn’t need to worry about kids drawing on the wall anymore – they’re allowed to! This is a great place for kids to entertain themselves, which gives you a much-needed break to get things done.
In addition to being a place for kids to play, it can also serve as a place to put your daily mantra. Keeping it updated and clean can give you time to consider your quotes, and you aren’t limited to what someone else thinks is relevant.
2. Calendar and Reminders
Calendars are on our phones and on our walls, but once something is there, it’s just kind of … there. You can’t edit appointments while stirring the sauce, finding “Finding Nemo” and pulling the cat out of peace lily. You can, however, find the movie, grab the cat and go back to stirring as you add a note to bring a book to the dentist’s office on Tuesday.
Chalkboard calendars make it easy to set reminders where you’ll notice them. Leave one hanging by the front door listing the things you need or often forget. Or leave notes for someone who might be babysitting for you – such as the alarm code or emergency contacts.
Since chalkboard paint doesn’t only come in black, you can have fun with matte finishes on various pieces of furniture.
In addition to not having to drag out paper and plastic wrap a craft table for kids, you can also create cool, artistic designs. Being able to write labels on a dresser is great if you have frequent visitors or are trying to teach kids to clean up.
You can also try chalkboard paint’s cousin chalk paint to put a unique distressed look on wood or metal furniture.
Picky eaters or people who enjoy planning might also enjoy having a menu planned for the week. In addition, this can make shopping pretty easy. If lasagna is one night and fish the next, you can simply list the ingredients you need to buy on the other side. Take a picture before you go, and you’ve got a constantly updated shopping list.
5. Hanging Board
This is probably one of the easiest and most versatile options for chalkboard paints. Put it on dinner platters, picture frames or anything else you might want to hang on your wall. You can take them down, add your pictures and hang them up. You can change them any time you have the urge to draw.
Are you one of the many people who isn’t good at drawing? That’s also fine! If this idea appeals to you, but you seem to be coming up short in the talent department, just get a few stencils. Then it looks like you’re much more talented than your friends.
Last, chalkboard paint can be an awesome way to add decoration to your home – and it’s virtually free to change it up with the seasons. Since greens and florals are a big trend for spring, arranging a brightly colored floral setup is as easy as finding inspiration. When fall starts to roll around, just switch out the flowers for autumn leaves and jack-o’-lanterns.
No matter what you decide to do, chalkboard paint has many more uses than a simple paint. It brings fun into unexpected places and lets you leave notes and reminders all around, making it a truly versatile and standout option.
About James White
James White is an experienced home improvement blogger and construction worker. His writing has appeared in many publications, including Building Blok, Realty Times, and now, Liv Real Estate. James is involved in promoting the ideas of sustainable building and construction safety. And, when he's not saving the planet through his blogging, James revels in exploring the latest developments in the construction, its history, its advancements, and where we will be tomorrow.