What isn’t to love about chalkboards? They’re versatile and adaptable, and they remind us of our school days and the fun, bright years of childhood. With chalkboard paint, you can now add that flair of whimsy and fun to practically any surface in your house! Handwriting is a wonderful way to customize and create, and brings a personal touch to any living space.
Not familiar with chalkboard paint? It’s this amazing stuff you can add to a surface of your choice. Once it dries, you get a surface that looks just like a good old-fashioned chalkboard. Better yet, you can use it like one! You can draw on it with chalk and erase anytime. You can buy the stuff at a hardware store or you can make it at home using paint and powdered tile grout. You can purchase or make it in any color of the rainbow, which makes it even better than a traditional chalkboard (note that if you prefer dry erase boards, you can buy dry erase paint as an alternative).
Ready to get started and need some inspiration? Check out these easy, fun and creative chalkboard paint projects!
Great Organizing DIY – Chalkboard with Key Hooks
This is another great organization project from Shanty 2 Chic. You can make your own chalkboard with key hooks to hang in the kitchen or just anywhere you may want to hang it. The chalkboard is great for keeping memos and reminders and it has handy little shelves that can hold mail or just anything that you may need to remember to grab before you head out in the morning. Key hooks are a must for those of you who tend to misplace your keys on occasion. This neat little project can be completed in no time and it is really inexpensive.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Shanty 2 Chic
Get your dresser drawer organized.
Do you tend to make a mess of your dresser drawer? Wish you had an easy organizing system where you never again will forget where everything goes? This system using chalkboard paint is genius! Take everything out of your drawer and paint the bottom. Now, purchase a plastic organizer with different bins for different items. Then grab some chalk and write in where everything goes and place the clear organizer on top. You will never again forget where things belong!
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Tealandlime
Chalk the outside of your dresser drawers too.
While chalk makes a great organization system for the inside of your dresser drawers, it also looks fabulous on the outside! Isn’t this dresser adorable? We love all the cute fonts and embellishments that she wrote her labels in. And once again, this is easy to change anytime you choose to reorganize and put something else in your drawers. Just erase and write something else!
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Thegunnysack
Earlier we showcased an idea for framing a chalkboard in an old window frame. While that is still a cute idea, using a fancy picture frame works just as nicely, especially if you don’t need different “windows” to write in. This picture frame really embellishes the chalkboard, and you can use it to write or display anything you want.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Craftberrybush
Label your herbs (or other plants).
Do you grow herbs in your kitchen? Can’t keep track of what’s what? It’s easy to mix up herbs, and it’s too late when you put the wrong ones in your recipe and ruin your dinner. Stop yourself from making those mistakes by labeling your pots. You will never choose the wrong one again. You can use these in your garden shed as well to help you keep track of other plants or seeds.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Robinbecksnest
Chalkboard labels for containers.
One of the great things about chalkboard paint is that you can use it to cover a curved surface and not just a flat one. That’s what makes it such a great solution to labeling cans, jars, and the like. Occasionally you might decide to repurpose a container and fill it with something else. Since you can erase and write something new on the label, you can reuse the label, which makes for a neat, easy solution. This is a wonderful way to stay organized in the kitchen, and another great idea from Our Fifth House, the same site that featured the wonderful chalkboard wall calendar!
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Ourfifthhouse
Turn your fridge into a chalkboard.
We love this idea! If you enjoy putting artwork, calendars, and more up on your fridge, but you’re tired of shuffling around magnets and papers, this is a great alternative. No more magnets falling on the floor, no more picking up fallen artwork and trying to find a better space for it. Instead, just paint your entire refrigerator with chalkboard paint. You can write and draw directly on it—fun for the whole family! This is a great way to beautify your fridge and share reminders. You can even write on the sides. And your magnets will still work on here, so you can still tack things up the old-fashioned way if you want to.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Erinlauray
Decorate your favorite mug
Want to have the most fabulous mug at the office ever? Instead of ordering a customized mug online, why not make it yourself? Then you can put anything you want on it. Pay close attention to the instructions on this one, since you have to bake the mug with the chalkboard paint on it so that the paint will be dishwasher and microwave safe. Since you can chalk and erase your mug at any time, watch out for the temptation to send passive-aggressive messages to your co-workers via your mug!
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Witandwhistle
Chalkboard washi tape for gifts
Want to add a really cool personal touch to a gift package? Buy some washi tape and paint it with chalkboard paint. Wait for the tape to dry, and write or draw on it! You can write a quick note, the recipient’s name, draw a picture, or whatever you want. You can also do this with gift tags.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Inspirationave
Give your filing cabinet a makeover.
The surface of a filing cabinet gives you a lot of room to play around, so you can really do pretty much whatever you can imagine here (including fill up the sides, which this person didn’t). I just love the style here, though—simple, minimalist, and instantly grabs your attention with those big labels. The nice thing about chalk and filing cabinets is that you can easily repurpose any of the drawers at any time and then erase and write something new. Another blogger used the side of their filing cabinet as an ongoing to-do list. Very cool idea!
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Moxandfodder
Make use of inside cabinet drawers.
Painting the outside of filing cabinets is fun, but painting the inside of other types of cabinets can be fun too. Take the inside of this medicine cabinet. It’d just be wasted space if not for the chalkboard. Now it can be used to leave notes and reminders. Very handy! This would also work great inside pantry doors.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Inspiredesignandcreate
Handy reminders in the kitchen.
In fact, here is a similar project on the inside of a kitchen cabinet. How annoying is it to have to squint at the numbers on your measuring cups and spoons to remind yourself what size they are? With this setup, you never have to again; you can just keep right on cooking.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Everydayhomeblog
Everyone always says you should put a handy calendar in your mudroom or entryway, but what if your entryway is really narrow and you don’t want any hooks or anything protruding? This clever do-it-yourselfer solved the problem of her narrow hallway by creating a chalkboard calendar directly on her wall. It’s a very cool invention because you can see effortlessly what you need to do for the rest of the month, and you can easily erase and rearrange the dates as needed each month. A great way for everyone in the household to stay on the same page! Add to that the fact that it’s really visually appealing, and you have a recipe for awesome.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Ourfifthhouse