Chalkboard Paint

February 22, 2011

Over the last year I’ve been noticing many wall surfaces in a chalk board finish. Often times you’ll see them in a kitchen or a mudroom as it seems to be a great way to communicate with your family on the run; IF you want to keep the message up and visible, not just text or tweet it into cyber space. I love the look as it has that milky finish I talked about in my color trends for the 21st Century post. And, when it’s a chalky black has an almost greige look to it which is of course, spot on!

via google images

While you can can get chalk paint in almost any color, my #1, #2, #3 favorite is black.   

via google images

After that, the traditional green could work. I guess if I were doing a children’s room I’d consider other colors, but for now, I stand by these two.

Lauren Liess via Houzz

Now that I’m a YaYa (grand daughter’s name for me) I am liking it even more. She’s the first of hopefully many, and, what a fun thing for her to do at her YaYa’s house! Who else will let her write on the walls? When we re-do our kitchen in the next year or two I will definitely include chalk paint on some cabinet doors, just for the little ones.

Lauren Liess via Houzz

Chalk paint can also be used to create very personal art, be it family drawn pictures or written messages! I first read about this from Isabella and Max Rooms as a guest post on the Right Bank. What a fabulous “how to” or DIY on how to hang a wall full of pictures, in this case on a chalk wall, with chalk art on top!

Isabella & Max Rooms via the Right Bank

I’ve heard it’s quite easy to do yourself. Benjamin Moore makes a great chalk paint, and since I love all their products I would definitely recommend them. If you are wondering if you could do it yourself, check out the short video below for a quick overview.

It’s fun, looks great and easy to boot. What more could you want?

Could you see a chalk wall someplace in your home? Let me know where and why…I’m taking a survey to convince my husband. Thanks!

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