Chalkboards are so easy to make but seem to cost a fair bit in shops. The good thing about chalkboard paint (besides a fun finished result) is there is no priming, no topcoat and you can paint fairly haphazardly. Great for a quick project or if you are a furniture painting beginner.
For these projects you can either use Chalkboard Spray which is super easy or chalkboard paint in a can and brush on. I generally use waterbased chalkboard paint as it's quicker drying and less stinky than oil-based chalkboard paint. You can also use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and milk paint (with no top coat) to make a chalkboard.
1) Paint a filing cabinet: such a cute idea and makes a boring filing cabinet way more interesting. Here's one I painted a few years ago.
2) Paint a chest of drawers for kids: label the drawers with what's inside.
or this beautiful one by Miss Mustard Seed
3) Paint a wall: Another one from Marian, Miss Mustard Seed. She has a great chalkboard wall in her kitchen that she regularly changes the design on. I loved this Christmas wreath.
Also Wendy, a local and talented artist in Glebe who sells beautiful cards and paintings on her website, has painted her dining room wall. She often draws french cafe themes on it. Just love it.
4) Paint a table: such a great idea for kids for an arts and craft table. Keep them entertained for hours. How cool is this one made from an old industrial spool. Fantastic upcycling.
5) Paint your pantry door - my friend, Leanne, did this in her kitchen and it's a great place for emergency numbers , to do lists and the shopping list. Everyone just writes on the door as they run out of food and she snaps a photo of the shopping list with her phone as she's heading out the door to the shops.
6) Chalkboard painted Pots - terracotta is super easy to paint and this looks good even without chalk writing on it. Also a great way to identify your herbs. DIY details can be found here
7) A chalkboard whale - this whale from Stephanie of Brooklyn Limestone is my favourite chalkboard sign of all time and I'm sure you've probably seen it around on Pinterest and the like. I definitely want to make this sometime. A guide to making this yourself is here.
8) Paint your fridge and turn it shabby chic - I actually think this is the most beautiful old fridge I've even seen and I am very tempted to do this to our old fridge in our laundry like this. Stay tuned.
9) Make chalkboard art: Everybody is always surprised when they realise that the painting above my fireplace is actually a chalkboard and chalk. it was a quick and easy project that took me about chalk a day to paint the frame and chalkboard and then 40 minutes one evening to do the actual drawing. Still fine and unsmudged four years later.
10) Paint a chalkboard - of course this should be top of my list. Grab an old (non-valuable) painting in a nice frame. You'll find heaps at Salvos or a thrift shop for less than $20. Paint over the painting with chalkboard paint and bob's your uncle. Here are a few I've done in the past.
Do you love chalkboards?
What's your best tip?