Time To Talk Chalk

Chalkboards have come a long way since their original glory days...

See what I mean.

Anyway, it seemed as though the days of chalkboards were dead when dry erase boards hit the scene. But now with the invention of chalkboard paint, chalk has new life!

You can paint it on a wall and draw some art...

or write some notes...

Or label your cabinets...

or paint your fridge!

you could give a piece of furniture a personality with it.

Paint some tiles with it and you will have an interesting board that isn't quite so permanent.

or label a glass, jar, or container.

or make a creative calendar!

I think chalkboard paint is great! There are so many ways to get creative with where you put it, and of course you can draw anything you want on it! I particularly love the colored chalkboard paint. Colored paint tends to blend in with your decor while still functioning as a chalkboard. The downside is that it can be hard to find a wide selection of colors.

Here are some instructions for creating your own colored chalkboard paint from Martha Stewart.

1. Pour 1 cup of paint into a container. Add 2 tablespoons of unsanded tile grout. Mix with a paint stirrer, carefully breaking up clumps. 2. Apply paint with a roller or a sponge paintbrush to a primed or painted surface. Work in small sections, going over the same spot several times to ensure full, even coverage. Let dry. 3. Smooth area with 150-grit sandpaper, and wipe off dust. 4. To condition: Rub the side of a piece of chalk over entire surface. Wipe away residue with a barely damp sponge.

Here are some good sources for chalkboard paint: RustOleum, Sherwin Williams, Benjamin Moore, Crayola, and Krylon. You can also find chalkboard paint at target and Wallmart.