Mad About . . .

Mad About … Blackboard Paint

20th May 2013
Chalkboard paint wall from style-files.com

Chalkboard paint wall from style-files.com

I have already written about my love of black doors and windows so it will probably come as no surprise that I’m not averse to a black wall as well. But this time it’s practical.

stylish and practical blackboard wall

stylish and practical blackboard wall

We may have reached the age of the paperless office (and however bad you think yours is, just remember the days when the fax machine in the corner was constantly spewing out paper all day long so that you had to literally wade through it to find the one you wanted) but we have by no means reached the paperless home.

the back of the door is a really handy place to paint

the back of the door is a really handy place to paint

My fridge is covered with notes and reminders and lists and letters and drawings and parking permits (and the odd ticket) and it looks dreadful. So it’s time to consider blackboard paint. Or chalkboard paint, whichever you prefer to call it. And, as we shall discover, it doesn’t have to be black, you can make it magnetic for those bits of paper you really can’t afford lose, or ignore, and, if you don’t like black you can even buy whiteboard paint now.

not just for kids though ... image from apartmenttherapy.com

not just for kids though … image from apartmenttherapy.com

I have, as regular readers may know, painted my entire downstairs loo in blackboard paint (and added a glitterball). It’s not entirely practical as, rather than shopping lists and useful information, there tends to be a lot of graffitti from the children, not to mention the people who come for supper and always leave something interesting to read the next day.

blackboard wall

Olaf Hajek’s chalkboard wall taken from The Selby, via abigailahern.wordpress.com

So, if you do fancy it, here’s a tip: obviously you need to clean and prepare the area before painting, but you knew that right? Then, I would give it two or three coats. After all you are going to be wiping it with a damp cloth quite often. Then, if you can, leave it for two or three days to really properly dry out before you let anyone loose with the chalk.

here, a chalkboard wall is an integral part of the decor of this industrial style kitchen

here, a chalkboard wall is an integral part of the decor of this industrial style kitchen

For best results, allow the painted area to cure for 3 days before using it as a chalkboard. According to the US paint company, Benjamin Moore, you should rub the entire surface with a piece of white chalk before using it. This will make it easier to clean when people do start writing on it.

photo by Simon Whitmore for Beautiful Kitchens

photo by Simon Whitmore for Beautiful Kitchens

You can either paint a section of wall, in which case, think about putting a large frame around it to make it look finished. Or, why not paint the back of the door, or a kitchen cupboard. The world, is basically your chalkboard. And if you’re really not sure, then consider painting the inside of a cupboard door. That way you can have your notes but they’re not on display.

paint inside the cupboard door. image from shelterness.com

paint inside the cupboard door. image from shelterness.com

And, of course, do look for different colours if you prefer. You can also do a couple of layers of magnetic paint under the blackboard if you want to be able to stick some reminders on it. It will never be as magnetic as the fridge though. Or think about whiteboard paint, which is invisible on a white wall and, apparently, a nightmare to apply, but you might prefer the look. Having said that, if you’ve got small children and there’s one white wall they can draw on and one/several they can’t (with a felt pen) there could be trouble ahead. #justsayin

paint a cupboard in blackboard paint. image from apartmenttherapy.com

paint a cupboard in blackboard paint. image from apartmenttherapy.com

The other really useful idea, which, if I hadn’t bought a new fridge two years ago, I would be totally up for doing is the blackboard fridge. Unusual and useful at the same time.

image from apartmenttherapy.com

image from apartmenttherapy.com

And here someone has painted their kitchen worktop in whiteboard paint. I’m not sure how long it would last but it could be fun.

image from manolohome.com

image from manolohome.com

So, what do you think. Blackboard, whiteboard, corkboard? Which one will you choose?

Magnetic Blackboard Paint

Smart Wall Whiteboard Paint

Coloured Chalkboard Paint

For more blackboard inspiration visit my Pinterest Board

 

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  • Lisa Goulet 21st May 2013 at 9:07 pm

    I love blackboard paint and I have done my daughters’ closet doors as well as our kitchen pantry door. At the cottage I did a small wall and it’s a huge hit with everyone who visits.

  • Antonia, Tidy Away Today 20th May 2013 at 10:33 pm

    This post is perfect timing for me, I am halfway through painting a wall in our kitchen in chalkboard paint – after wondering about doing it for ages! Finally took the plunge and after the first, patchy coat thought, ‘Arrrghh! What have I done?’ But second coat is on now and it looks much better. A third coat, and It will be appearing on my blog soon, hopefully!

  • Ruth 20th May 2013 at 5:55 pm

    I love blackboard paint, every home I have lived in since my daughter was 3 has had one wall/door/cupboard painted. As much for me as her!

  • Carole Poirot 20th May 2013 at 5:02 pm

    Huge fan of walls, doors, cabinets etc painted in blackboard paint (just not all at once)! The fact that it’s so matt makes it even more attractive and it always gives a place a slightly more easy-going feel even when the rest is quite formal or stark.

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