First off, I may have a bit of a problem.

A few years ago, I was introduced to chalkboard paint on a Pinterest board, arguably the gateway to a host of my many problems, namely projects I can’t wait to start (aaaannnnd also to finish). At the time, people were using it on cabinet doors and terra-cotta pots and mason jars. Now they are using it on walls and furniture and kitchen appliances.

And I completely understand. Because now I’m doing it, too. Everywhere.

There’s a certain allure to chalkboard paint that goes beyond the rebellious ability to write on things you aren’t “supposed” to. Chalkboard paint, whether purchased pre-mixed or made using your own recipe (there are several out there) has a flat, color-soaked quality that lives pretty comfortably in any environment. Painted on a wall, it draws you in (literally and figuratively). Rolled on a table and your shiny ceramic dishes practically sparkle by contrast. Brushed on a planter and it’s ready for any season. It’s soft to the touch, and you can’t help doing so.

If you haven’t jumped on the chalkboard bandwagon, now is a great time to dip your brush. Here are few ways I’ve used chalkboard paint in my home and a couple of ways I can’t wait to try in the future.

Want your walls to talk? Use chalkboard paint.

My family uses this chalkboard wall religiously, whether to mark off days or figure out the who/when/where’s of life. We have fun decorating each month by theme, and I’ve found it’s a fantastic way to teach younger kids how to learn days of the week, the months of the year, and how to gauge the passing of time.


Use chalkboards to get ahead. And a headboard.

This photo cheats a little. The chalkboard is a permanent fixture in the room, but the pop-up airbed is not. And guests, who are welcomed by name, are none the wiser. Still, would make a great headboard for any bedroom, particularly if inspiration tends to strike at 3am and you need a place to write it down. A twist on this idea is to paint the entire wall in chalkboard paint and then physically draw the headboard—as stately as your imagination can make it—to frame the bed.


Create a conversation starter.

One of my favorite projects to date, I gave a table that had seen so many better days a new lease on life. I don’t have the heart to do this to my antique teak dining table, but this coffee table is often where we sidle up for cross-legged snacks and after-school discussions, so it works here, too. It washes up nicely, although don’t scrub too terribly hard.


Draw a bath.

This one is on my list. What a great way to introduce black—one of the hottest colors in interior design right now—into a bathroom. Create a fun wallpaper effect, like they’ve done below, or play up the space with affirming quotes and messages to get your day started off right.

South Philly Row House

Apply it to your appliances.

Luckily, you don’t have to commit to a paint brush for the chalkboard effect on stainless and enameled appliances. Adhesive sheets and chalkboard vinyl decals are available to line up and smooth out like contact paper, providing a safe and easy surface for grocery lists, honey-dos, and silly pictures. It’s particularly nice for those refrigerator surfaces that aren’t magnetic; giving them additional purpose.


Chalkboard paint can be made in a variety of colors, textures, and sheens, and it can be placed on nearly any surface. While it can be overdone in a home (and I recognized I may be on the border), switching up its color, use, and placement lets express itself in its own way.

How have you used chalkboard paint? Care to share with the rest of us?

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