Are you looking for a modern spin on traditional dyed Easter eggs? I have three creative decorating alternatives that only look like you've spent the entire weekend working on them. The time-saving trifecta boils down to three miraculous tools: decal ink-jet paper, a gold leafing pen, and chalkboard spray paint. Pick your poison — or make them all! I promise, you'll have time.
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Chalkboard paint has been around for years, but with new color technology, the sky is the limit for easy and fabulous project ideas using this coating. For instance, HudsonPaint offers 30 colors of the paint and Benjamin Moore's new line of tintable colors allows you to pick up a can in more than 3,000 different hues, casting out the limitations of the classic black, red, and green shades.
Traditionally, chalkboard paint has been used on walls to turn them into vertical, interactive writing centers. But over the years, crafters have expanded to decorating tables, canvases, and other surfaces with this material. Now, these new colorful capabilities have us overwhelmed with exciting crafting and decorating ideas in full spectrum.
While I might have dismissed blackboard walls as a trend just a year ago, their unflagging popularity is making me reconsider. Home decorators continue to embrace the look, and for good reason — they offer an unexpected color contrast in a room, and are also incredibly useful. A blackboard wall in an entry is a great spot for scribbling notes for housemates or family members, while one in the kitchen is perfect for writing up your grocery list. They're also a good way to satiate scribble-happy toddlers: our kitchen blackboard wall is a great place to redirect our little guy when he's interested in crayoning over one of our other walls.
However, if you're not sold on the concept, or, if you're positive you'll tire of the look in a few short months, you don't have to paint an entire wall. Try painting a black "board" instead.Take for instance this lovely living room. A large piece of plywood has been used to create a blackboard, which works well in the space since it acts as a piece of large-scale art as well as a practical message board in the area between the entry and the living room. Since the home is so open, this blackboard actually helps to define areas.
To try this look at home, head to your local hardware store and pick up a piece of plywood, then cover it thoroughly with several coats of blackboard paint. I personally prefer Hudson, but ask your local hardware store rep for his or her recommendations, too.
Another great idea: try using a salvaged door instead of plywood. That way, you don't have to worry about rough edges, and your chalkboard will take on an even more interesting look, depending on the level of detail in the door itself.
We love creative DIY projects that benefit the entire family. Casa Community member sunkissis shared her new chalkboard pantry door in the Su Casa group. We love how it can be used for the practical — grocery lists, phone numbers, etc. — and the fun, like her kid's artwork! Here's what she had to say:
My hubby surprised me with a new pantry door chalkboard . . . Yay!!
Keep reading to see how they created the final product!
So I gave it some love! Read all the deets at Our Fifth House!
Right now I'm using my chalkboard globe on my mantel, but who knows where it'll turn up next.
The chalkboard craze is out of control and we just can't get enough of it! For those who are still a little hesitant about jumping all over this trend because of concerns regarding chalk dust, have no fear — chalk markers and dustless chalk are here to make it all good, clean fun. So what are you waiting for? Check out these 10 chalkboard paint projects and get ready to chalk it up!
What's black and white and read all over? A chalkboard! The classroom fixture has graduated out of the schoolhouse and into the home to become a staple in lil ones' rooms over the past few years. Before adding one to your own playroom, take a look at these fun ways to bring the erasable writing surface into your tot's life.
Yesterday, I showed you the before and after of my awkward kitchen wall, which I transformed with blackboard paint. It was the first time I'd used this type of paint, and I absolutely love the transformation it's made in the kitchen. Along the way, I picked up a few tips that I thought might benefit other chalkboard wall painters.
Whether you're a chalkboard painting pro or a newbie like myself, check out my tips for some advice on getting the most out of the experience.
- Decide how you're going to deal with outlets, as well as plate covers. I initially followed my usual plan when painting: I removed my outlet covers and set them aside so they wouldn't get paint on them. I soon realized that white plate covers were going to look glaringly odd against a jet black wall, so I ended up giving them a few coats of paint before sticking them on. I also painted over the outlets. Yep, that's right. I know I'm going to have to do some scraping later when I change the color, but for now it blends in perfectly and creates a cohesive surface. The outlet is actually in this photo — and you can't see it at all.
- A little doesn't go a long way. One small can of Rust-Oleum Chalkboard Paint barely covered an 8-by-5-foot wall in our house. To get a smooth and even surface, you're going to have to apply a lot of paint. I put on two thick coats, and then did lots of touch up work. If you're doing a large surface, definitely calculate generously when it comes to your paint supply.
- Use a good brush. I used the Green Toad paintbrush, which did a great job. Since the contrast between ceiling and wall will be so great with a chalkboard wall, invest in an edging tool and a high quality paintbrush. It will make a huge difference.
- Be prepared for a stinky space. Since I always use low- or no-VOC paint, I'd forgotten how much I hated the smell of paint in general. And chalkboard paint smells. A lot. If I'd taken more time to research my paint, I'd probably have gone with Hudson Paint instead, which is low-odor As it is, I can still detect a faint paint smell emanating from the wall, and I painted it nearly two weeks ago.
- Plan other activities for the day. Why? Because this project doesn't take that long. I spent four hours from start to finish on this wall, with time off in between for the first coat to dry. So don't worry: you can still have a gorgeous chalkboard wall and enjoy your weekend.
Here's a post from CasaSugar Community member Brisas from the Assisted Living group:
My husband and I both really want to paint one of our entry walls with chalkboard paint and possibly even use the magnetic paint. I have started to read about it online but was wondering if anyone has used these sorts of products before or did you make your own chalkboard paint? Any advice, tips, etc. would be great!
Source: Flickr user Romanlily