Friday Top 5: Chalkboard paint

by Andrea Cooley

Does anyone else get nostalgic about going back to school this time of year? I secretly miss buying school supplies and picking out a first day of school outfit! My little sister is starting her senior year of college this year (she's all grown up!) and I told her to take a last "first day of school" picture.

Even though I'm not going back to school, I thought it would be appropriate to share some fun ideas for decorating with chalkboard paint. I haven't taken the plunge and painted a wall yet, but I've got the itch to try it once we finish the baby room! 1. What a great way to stay organized! It looks like the paint may be magnetic too, so you can post things on the wall. {Image: Martha Stewart}

2. Don't limit yourself to painting walls. Turn a serving dish into a message board! This is a great Pottery Barn knock-off. {image: The Rubber Punkin}

3. Dana over at House Tweaking masked off part of the door in their apartment. The best part is, since it was a metal door, it held magnets too!
4. I'm definitely saving this idea from The Style Files for a future kids room. I love 2 things about it: the circle isn't perfect and the idea of just painting a smaller section instead of a whole wall.
5. Another great example of using chalkboard paint in unexpected ways. Deb over at Just Short of Crazy taped off the bottom of wine glasses and sprayed them with chalkboard paint. Even if you don't write people's names on the base, I still love the matte black finish!

I'm not an expert on the best chalkboard paint. All I know is that you can buy it by the quart or get it as spray paint, like this from Rust-Oleum ($7.19). Anyone have any tips?

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Andrea Cooley

  1. I just visited a friend's house who had utilized chalkboard paint by her desk and I loved it!  I've never seen it before but I think it is the sweetest idea for my future children's room, and I also like it in a frame as a message frame – b/c Lord knows I always needs reminders!

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