By Samantha Grose, Designer, JP&CO: A residential construction firm delivering a personalized home through an enjoyable process, done at a remarkable pace.
The chalkboard has graduated from the classroom and is quickly becoming a fun and surprising new addition to the home. With the advent of chalkboard paint, this reusable matte surface has been reborn, with functional and enjoyable uses popping up daily. And did I mention that a lot of these great new uses for chalkboard paint are perfect for hosting? You may just pick up a trick or two for this holiday season!
Here are some of my favorite ideas for chalkboard paint that wows:
The Kitchen Walls
A handsome matte wall can be transformed into a warm birthday wish, an impromptu piece of art, or a dinner party menu in minutes. If a full wall of chalkboard paint feels like overkill, select a smaller spot as seen in the two great examples below. Especially if you’re opting for the traditional black, a little goes a long way.
Paint a large cutting board and label your cheese plate to cut down on confusion and add a special touch. I’ve seen full cutting boards painted, while other designs feature chalkboard-dipped ends or a modern-looking diagonal stripe through the middle. Play around with shapes to add some surprise.
Whether it’s the front of a mason jar or the base of a wine glass, chalkboard paint is a great way to label drinks and avoid that awkward whose glass is this moment. Consider the tried-and-true rectangle on the front, or be daring and dip the entire base of a glass in a bright-colored variety of blackboard paint for a glass that looks chic with or without a label.
Chalkboard backsplashes are a versatile option for your kitchen backsplash. Doodle a motif, jot down recipe notes, leave a message for a family member, start a shopping list—the options are endless. I especially like how the black of the chalkboard contrasts all of the white of the kitchen and the warmth of the counter-top.
Improve organization and cut down on confusion by painting lids, boxes, jars, and more with chalkboard paint. When you’re ready to switch out a container’s contents, just wipe the paint clean and re-label. This is also a great way to keep track of your leftovers and refrigerator items.
As I mentioned in my article about playroom decorating, chalkboards and whiteboards are a fantastic way to add reusable creative space to a bedroom or playroom. Remember to choose a place low to the ground so that little ones can reach. Having an art-friendly wall is a source of endless fun for kids young and old. I think that the chalkboard paint below depicting a charming seasonal landscape is positively dreamy.
For added success, prime the surface before applying chalkboard paint. Chalkboard paint can take as many as 3 coats, and priming before can cut down on this. When preparing the paint, try not to stir it too vigorously. Chalkboard paint has a history of beginning to break down if stirred it too hard. Once all necessary coats have been applied and are completely dry, season the chalkboard by rubbing the entire surface with the side of a piece of chalk—both vertically and horizontally—then clean with a rag. This step ensures that future use does not result in a ghost image.
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Samantha Grose is both Associate AIA and Allied ASID. She is the lead designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO. She takes a unique approach to design creating spaces that are casually sophisticated and timeless in design, where you and your family can live comfortably. She has worked extensively throughout the TWIN CITIES area having completed many new homes and large scale whole house remodels.
Samantha received her BS from the University of Minnesota majoring in both ARCHITECTURE and ART. She is deeply committed to a creative approach giving you highly functional spaces with an aesthetic appeal for everyday living.