Chalk It Up

Has anyone else noticed how popular chalkboard paint has become? I started noticing more and more requests from my clients recently, all asking where they could use it and how fun they thought it would be. This got me to thinking why we love the idea of chalk boards so much. Maybe there is something appealing about chalkboards because it reminds us of our elementary school years or how if we mess up we can simply erase and start over. Wouldn’t that be great to simply do -over whatever didn’t turn out just as we envisioned it, chalkboards rock! We have also been staring at chalkboards from grades K-12, sometimes in college as well. When you stop and think about it for a moment chalkboards have been a part of our lives longer than some of our friends or spouses; it makes perfect sense why this trend is so appealing.  A few years back I used chalkboard paint in playrooms and kid spaces at best. Now I find I am using it on just about every project I am currently working on, from mud rooms to kitchens to entry foyers!

Chalkboard paint DIY projects are especially popular right now; I love the idea that you can take an old piece of furniture and re-purpose it into a whimsical piece that your family can play with!

Painting an entire wall is such a fun concept. I especially like doing this in a kitchen or a playroom. How romantic to leave love notes for your sweetie or a silly joke for the kids by the breakfast table to get the morning off to a happy start.




You can use the colored chalkboard paint as well, I like the colored paint on furniture & accessories best (although I do like this hot pink door). I find you loose the whimsical chalkboard effect when color chalkboard paint is used on walls verses the traditional black.




I don’t know about you but after a nice glass of red wine I just may forget what my wine charm was but I am pretty sure I’ll remember my name LOL, love this idea; DIY here. Sweet chalk tags for easy identification and a feel good effect; DIY here.




In our house everyone has a special place at the kitchen table. Find some old chairs from salvage or the inexpensive unfinished wood kind and get painting. I think this idea would be really fun taken a step further having everyone pick their favorite color for the non-chalk parts of their chair.






I have to say framed chalkboards are my fav, especially when the frame is over sized and fabulous like this one. This can be achieved by using an old door or with wide planks of wood. Reclaimed lumber would be my first choice. Go green!








Over-sized sliding doors can create the perfect canvas for your creations. Super hip play space. Below, I love that there is a chalk board for Mom & one for the kids.

So there you have it; chalk board bliss at its best. Chalkboard paint does=happiness!


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  • Live Laugh Decorate

    Sweet ideas! Been toying with some chalk board paint idea for a guest room/office I’m working on. Think this post just sealed the deal and I know exactly where to put it. Will come back and share when it’s done.

    • Cathy from Adore Your Place

      So glad we inspired you! Would love to see the before & after pics. Have fun decorating!

  • Claire

    Wish this was available when my kids were writting on my walls. Fun and practical solution.

  • Kate

    Wow Love the wine glass dipping, how simple, how chic, how healthy!

    • Cathy from Adore Your Place

      I plan to dip a few this weekend. Easy & functional, love it,

  • Elisa Fischer Smith

    I somehow missed this post! I hear you on the chalkboard paint requests. But it is fun!! The image of the very artistic drawings on the wall is amazing, I’m quite envious of that one.

    • Cathy Wolfram

      It is so much fun incorporating chalk boards into the design, especially when you are a talented artist like some of these people are (I’m envious to hehehe)

    • Cathy from Adore Your Place

      Elisa I’m so glad you found the post, it is a fun one and I love the mural also. It does make all the difference,,some people are so talented.

  • Cathy from Adore Your Place

    That sounds awesome Tanya! I love that you were able to shift gears and find a use for the paint in such a creative way!

  • Leeann

    Chalk board paint is so cool, these are some great ways touse it thanks

    • Cathy from Adore Your Place

      It is cool and can be used in so many areas to add an element of fun!