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.)
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.
Kitchen Wall 1 of 14Keep this week's favorite recipes in a place where all can see. This chalkboard surface also acts as a grocery list!
See more images at House Obsession
Food Canisters 2 of 14You don't always have to use paint; chalkboard labels make it easy and fast to get a writing surface on glass.
Get the instructions at Leen the Graphics Queen
Laundry Room 3 of 14So many items go onto the shelves in the laundry room that it's hard to keep track. Never dig around again with these handy labeled bins.
Learn more about the project at The Complete Guide to Imperfect Homemaking
Sectioned Spice Rack 4 of 14No more messing with stickers; if you use up a spice and put a different one in the same jar, you can easily change the label.
Visit the post at Frugal Decor Mom
What’s In Your Fridge? 5 of 14Keep stock of what you've got inside your refrigerator as well as meal ideas by painting the outside with chalkboard paint.
Learn more about the project at The Kitchn
Clean Desk 6 of 14Keep those small desk items organized and together — and when the contents of the drawers change, you can change the label.
Find the how-to at Martha Stewart
Chore Chart 7 of 14This chart was made of reclaimed wood: simply build a rectangular frame and add chalkboard paint in your choice of colors to the back. Kids will know exactly what they are supposed to do to get their allowance!
Find the how-to at Show and Tell
Garden Stakes 8 of 14Keep track of what you planted where with these mini chalkboard plaques.
Get the step-by-step at Home Stories A2Z
Party Table 9 of 14This is such a cool way to organize party food, so that everyone knows what they are sampling.
Visit the post at To Be Devoted
What’s For Dinner? 10 of 14Keep the nightly questions about what's for dinner at bay - refer your family to the chalkboard menu on the side of a cabinet or on a cupboard door.
Find the step-by-step at Whipperberry
Chalkboard Clothespins 11 of 14The teacher who made these uses them to organize her students' paperwork; you can use them to organize your children's schoolwork.
Learn how they were made at Create. Share. Inspire.
Dresser Drawers 12 of 14This is a fun way for children of all ages to get organized — write in chalk what's in their drawers or sketch out the next day's outfit.
See how it was done at HGTV
Crafting Stash 13 of 14Keep your supplies together — ribbons, buttons and other small items are easily identifiable in jars with chalkboard labels.
Find the how-to at Just the Bee's Knees
Wall Calendar 14 of 14I couldn't resist showing you another calendar option — this oversized one is on the wall, and you get the color gradations of chalkboard paint by mixing various amounts of black and white.
Get the instructions at Martha Stewart