Chalk Paint Ideas

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Chalkboard paints allow you to create a chalkboard anywhere. This paint creates a surface that can be written on with chalk and erased with a chalkboard eraser. Premixed paints come in black and green, but according to Martha Stewart's website, you can create custom colors to match any decor. With chalkboard paint, you can literally let your kids draw on the walls–over and over again.

Calendar

  • Mix various shades of chalkboard paint to create a large calendar on the wall. Create various shades of gray for the squares to keep the overall look neutral. Draw seven squares across and five down; leave room for the month name, which you can add in chalk along with the dates so it can be changed every month. Make this calendar as large or as small as will fit in your room. Use this to keep track of appointments in a kitchen or study, or paint one on a child's wall and let them fill in important school events and play dates.

Murals

  • Paint a chalkboard mural on a wall as a place for your child to create stories. If your child has a space-themed room, for example, paint spaceship and planet shapes on his walls. Let him used colored chalk to fill in the details, changing them for every story he creates. Murals done with chalkboard paint are different than those done in acrylics or watercolors because they are silhouettes and can change as quickly as your child's imagination.

Objects

  • In addition to painting walls, you can use chalkboard paint on objects–then decorate or write on them. Paint storage boxes and dressers and let kids draw pictures of what is tucked within. Paint the flower pots in your herb garden and write the names of the plants on them. Paint part of a kitchen door and make it a message center; your family can leave messages for each other on their way in or out of the house.

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