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15 Organization Projects Using Chalkboard Paint

By craftyamy |

DIY chalkboard calendar

When people think of chalkboard paint they usually think of children’s projects — toy boxes, small easels to draw on, huge chalkboards from elementary school. But chalkboard paint has come a long way, baby! It’s now used in high-end kitchens, on furniture, and for keeping your life organized. You can paint it on nearly any surface, and then once you do, you can write on it as quickly as you can erase!

So in homage to this nouveau decorating technique (and because it’s National Organization Month), I’ve rounded up the best, most practical ways to use chalkboard paint in your home. (One that I need for myself is this chalkboard calendar above. I LOVE that it uses both colored chalkboard paint and an old window! Genius.)  Just click through the jump!

A few tips for using chalkboard paint:

  • Don’t feel like you’re just stuck with black or green — you can make your own custom colors! Read this post for instructions.
  • Pick the right brush for a smooth finish. I prefer a foam roller or brush for application.
  • Use at least three coats on a surface for the most complete coverage.
  • Let chalkboard paint dry for 72 hours before writing on it.
  • Once the paint dries, you have to “condition” the paint with chalk before using. This means you rub a piece of chalk back and forth all over the surface and then wipe it off before using.

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15 DIY Chalkboard Organization Projects

Kitchen Wall

Keep this week's favorite recipes in a place where all can see. This chalkboard surface also acts as a grocery list!
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Amy Anderson is a crafty, DIY kind of girl who lives in Atlanta with her pug. She writes for Babble Home, and her work has appeared on Design Sponge as well as in Woman's Day and The Huffington Post. Read bio and latest posts → Read craftyamy's latest posts →

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10 thoughts on “15 Organization Projects Using Chalkboard Paint

  1. Sarah says:

    Some of these ideas are cute, but some are really useless. Garden stakes? So I guess you have to remove them any time rain is in the forecast or you want to water your plants. And that chalkboard refrigerator? Come on. Now that thing is just ugly as ugly can be! It seems like many of these ideas would create MORE work.

    1. craftyamy says:

      Sarah, the chalkboard stakes could also be used for an indoor herb garden, as another option.

  2. Karen says:

    Even though I was skeptical about “chalkboard” paint, I decided to do 1/3 of 1 wall in each of my childrens’ rooms in the new home we just built. It turned out to be one of the coolest things we’ve done! You MUST use a good primer base and at least 2 coats of the chalkboard paint but the results are remarkable!

    I did a good job of masking the wall (leaving 12″ of wall color near the ceiling, and 48″ of “chalkboard” across the center of 1 entire wall) so I didn’t bother to “trim” the area with any sort of moulding after the painting was done and it really does look great. 2 coats of chalkboard paint over 2 coats of primer gave us a really black chalkboard surface that has turned into a focal point of each childs room. When friends come to visit, they autograph the wall, draw pictures etc with bright florescent chalk.

    Washing off the chalk does however require 2 or 3 times over with a thoroughly washed sponge each time, but when washed properly, you end up with a fresh, clean surface to write on again.

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