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Decorating with Chalkboard Paint

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The kitchen is the perfect place for a chalkboard paint wall.

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Chalkboard paint is surprisingly versatile. Not only is it durable, it's also erasable, meaning it's great for a number of home décor and craft projects.

Decorating with Chalkboard Paint
  • There's nowhere better suited to chalkboard paint than the kitchen or pantry. Try painting the back of the pantry or kitchen door for the perfect spot to write a grocery list. As soon as you see something missing you can easily add it to the list.
  • A kitchen backsplash is a great place to use chalkboard paint. You can write down recipes, ingredients and a number of other things. It will also give your kitchen a bit of a French bistro vibe.
  • Mudrooms can benefit greatly from chalkboard paint because you can write a last minute checklist of items you need to take with you when you leave the house. This can be great for kids who need help remembering to bring things like keys, homework and permission slips.
  • Another practical way to use chalkboard paint is to create a wall calender. Because the paint is erasable you can easily keep track of the family schedule and change it when necessary.
  • In a child's bedroom or playroom try painting the bottom half of the wall in chalkboard paint. Use an architectural mold like a chair rail to create a separation from the top and bottom halves of the wall then paint the bottom half. The kids can draw pictures as much as they like with chalk and erase them when they're done.
  • A fun way to use chalkboard paint and stay organized is to paint pots and jars. Can't remember the growing instructions for plants and flowers? Cover the pots in chalkboard paint and write the ideal growing conditions right on them. Have a lot of spices and baking supplies? Organize them by putting them in jars and painting the tops. Write the contents of the jar or canister in chalk.

Most chalkboard paints are available in black or green (like you would see in a classroom), but it's easy to make it in a different color if you so desire. Mix a cup of latex paint in the color of your choice with two tablespoons of unsanded tile grout. You may have to play around with the amounts a little bit to get the desired consistency. Start with small amounts until you get the hang of it. (Thanks to marthastewart.com for this recipe!) Remember that several coats may be necessary and it's very important to let the paint dry fully before applying a new coat. It takes a little longer than regular paint, but it can be well worth it.

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