Although, I would love to have an easel for Mazzy to draw on to her heart’s content, I live in a small NYC apartment and that’s just not possible. We have enough trouble finding space for our kitchen table.
The best small space solution I have found for giving your child an unlimited canvas, is chalkboard paint. Not only is it cheap and easy to apply, there are numerous ways that you can use it— for your kids or just as a design element.
We’ve used it in our kitchen (as the backdrop for a wall of photographs) and our bedroom (for a simple framed piece over the bed) but my favorite place is the back of our front door. We keep grocery and to-do lists on the top and Mazzy uses the bottom half as place to be draw and be creative.
The front door also happens to be metal so Mazzy uses it to put all her magnetic letters. She’s also decorated it with magnetic blocks and outfits from magnetic dress-up dolls.
Best of all, it takes up absolutely no space whatsoever.
Below are 20 more creative ideas for using chalkboard paint.
Back of the front door 1 of 21That's my front door and that's my daughter Mazzy drawing and organizing the alphabet in her favorite spot.
Desk Calendar 2 of 21What better way to organize a family than keep a calendar out in the open rather than buried in your computer?
Found on Decorpics
Entire wall 3 of 21Chalkboard black is gorgeous in a kitchen and letting everyone leave messages and the kids draw creates a very lively space.
Found on Desire to Inspire
The Fridge 4 of 21You can use it for everything from grocery lists to words of the day.
Found on Brightnest
Headboard 5 of 21I could see this as a really fun option for a toddler bed. A perfect place for a 'sweet dreams' message.
Found on Home Edit
Kitchen Cabinets 6 of 21Let the kids have a free for all or use it to label what's in each cabinet.
Found on Manolo for the Home
Bathroom 7 of 21Easiest way to switch up your bathroom decor weekly.
Found on Designing Life
Nursery 8 of 21You can paint a whole wall or frame a specific area.
Found on Zillow Blog
Magnetic Chalkboard Paint 9 of 21The addition of magnetic paint means you can hang magnets, pieces of their artwork or a blank piece of paper for the kids to draw on as well.
Found on Magnetic Chalkboard Paint
Create a headboard 10 of 21Your never find a fancier cheaper option than this!
Found on Simple Design
Inside a lunchbox 11 of 21The perfect place to leave daily notes for your kids while they are away at school.
Found on DIY Home Sweet Home
Top of the Kitchen Table 12 of 21Perfect way to keep kids occupied until everyone is finished dinner.
Found on Houzz
Back of a chair 13 of 21Great way for a kid to learn how to write or identify her name.
Found on Brightnest
Speech Bubble 14 of 21Another great idea for over the bed. You can even switch up the message for your kid to find in the morning.
Found on flickr
On top of a Kid’s Table 15 of 21This is an Ikea table painted with chalkboard paint at a toyshop called Piccolini in lower Manhattan.
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Under the kitchen counter 16 of 21I can bet this is totally untapped space.
Found on Emily A. Clark
Storage Labels 17 of 21A really simple way to organize a toy closet, craft closet or pantry.
Found on Benjamin Moore
Tell a Story 18 of 21This is a beautiful way to tell a story using words and photos.
Found on A Beach Cottage
Kid’s Dresser 19 of 21A drawing space plus a fun way to label drawers. You can even use pictures for kids who don't know how to read but are interested in picking out their own clothes.
Found on Frugal Design Girl
The Entire Room 20 of 21Design a whole back wall, even paint the dresser and the floor. It's a simple way to get everything to match. Just don't expect it to last forever.
Found on The Beautiful Soup
On a Pumpkin 21 of 21The lease messy way to create a jack'o lantern. Halloween is coming up!
Found on The 36th Ave
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