Chalkboard Ideas

Jodi Peterman New Ideas, Tips and Tricks

Chalkboard walls are a popular trend right now. It seems like everywhere I turn someone is doing some sort of DIY project, especially with chalkboard paint. Of course EEDesigns is no exception to this 🙂 To be successful we have to both design something that will last the time, but also fit with trends to satisfy customer requests. Below are a couple pictures from one of our own personal home shows. We wanted something simple and useful. We even made sure to pay attention to the little details by incorporating a cute little hanging storage for chalk and erasers. Loved how practical it was for younger kids to color with and also functionality for adults to quickly write down notes or lists.

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One of the most common locations for a chalkboard wall is a child’s playroom, because of course they are most likely to enjoy coloring with the chalk. Many will simply paint one wall fully in chalkboard paint. However, one creative way to make yours stand out from the others is by creating a silhouette. It not only shows off your skills, but also gives your child more possibilities for play.

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The other common play to find a chalkboard wall is near the kitchen. Many utilize the space with notes to family members, calendars, or grocery lists like the one pictured below. Its location is perfectly placed in the center of the home, where it is most likely to be seen by everyone.

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It is not necessary to paint the entire wall. In many circumstances, just a portion of the wall will do. Offices and rooms with desks are great examples of this. A small area of wall, where notes can be written and important information can be hung, is a great solution to desk clutter. In the image below, they chose to paint a section of a column wall. It does not take away from the overall design,  but rather balances the amount of white cabinetry that is on the opposing side of the space.

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An easy, weekend DIY project is refinishing a wood table. A little sanding down and fresh coats of pain is all that is needed. This would be perfect for a playroom, a child’s bedroom, or a game room. I can tell you from personal experience that painting the top of an old coffee table is definitely the way to go. We refinished ours and we just love to use it for Friday game nights. We do not have to worry about wasting so much paper, and you can just wipe it clean when you are done.

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A clever way to us a chalkboard wall is for photography and decor. My motto is, “if it is there…you might as well use it!” No, this doesn’t apply perfectly to everything, but it does in this case. I thought the examples below were just the cutest things and show perfectly the unlimited number of ideas that are possible. The image below on the left could be changed throughout the year, from holiday to holiday. It would also be perfect for holiday cards as well. The image in the middle shows how that same wall can be quickly modified for different parties and events. Finally, the image on the right is one for different milestones people have in their lives, such as birthdays and first days of school.

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There are so many unique ideas out there for how to use a chalkboard wall! I know for sure that I did not include many. The great thing about them is that they can so easily fit into any design and can be used for so numerous things. Think that you have a great chalkboard idea? Share it with!