Twenty Six: 3 Projects With Chalkboard Paint

framed chalkboard

These ideas aren’t new, lots of people have done them before me, but what’s great about each is how it can add a little interactive fun in your space, no electrical cord required.  They’re easy to do since chalkboard paint is so forgiving. It dries fast – you’ll see the second coat dry in about 10 minutes.  It dries smooth, too, despite the brushstrokes when wet.

chalk frame 2

For the framed chalkboard, I cut a piece of plywood to size to slip into the back of the picture frame. I covered it with 2 coats of black chalkboard paint.  You can still see the texture of the plywood through the paint, but I like the character-add quality.  Then, since I thought the black on white looked a little severe, I painted a border with blue semi-gloss, sort of a self matte.  To finish, I stapled the inside the frame with a staple gun to secure the board.

lack chalkboard table

Project 2: Here’s the Ikea Lack table. For this one, I added a painted border that looks like chalk.

Step one, I roughed up the surfaces of the table, but  just lightly since the laminate is thin as onion skin.  It was ripply in spots on the top but I went with it, more character-add. Then, 2 coats of chalkboard paint.  For the border design, I printed out a template for a swag design (pdf) from Martha Stewart.  I cut out the stencil holes then dabbed lime green paint with an artist’s brush on the table’s surface.  No need to be perfect.

chalk lack table

Project 3:  A flower vase on which you can adda pattern or remind yourself what kind of flowers you bought. These are courtesy of my neighbor’s yard – Bluebells and Jacob’s Ladder. They’ll never miss them.


I put 2 coats of paint on this, too, and love the way it turned out.  For more vases and ideas for chalkboard paint, Apartment Therapy has a round-up  starting here.
Got an original chalkboard project you’d like to post? Email me now.  I’d love to hear the details.  Great weekend, everyone!


This Week’s Project

sp_chalkboardgrn_qt_lOnce Communication Central for the classroom, not to mention the scene of major algebra anxiety up there in front of the entire class, chalkboards are now for anywhere.  This is thanks to the cans of Chalkboard paint you can pluck from the shelf and brush on just about anything.

This week, I’m mixing it up a little with a plan to take said material and see how it performs and transforms three random items.  One’s an old vase from the basement, another is a salvaged Lack coffee table – half a Lack, really since it’s missing the lower shelf.  The third item to follow.