We've been taken with chalkboards and tots' rooms since chalkboard paint first hit the scene — it's easy to use and creates a fun play space in bedrooms and playrooms alike. And while chalkboards are certainly fun, they can also be sophisticated, as the popularity of vintage chalkboard art shows us. From photo shoot backdrops and nursery walls to birth announcements and party invitations, we've rounded up our favorite chalkboard art pieces for big and little kids alike.
Inspired by back-to-school shopping and all the chalkboards in kids rooms on Pinterest, we think it's time to bring this functional accent home and allow our little rebels to write on the walls.
The options with this trend are endless: incorporate as little or as much as you want into your home or nursery. Our favorite part about this DIY is that it's something that both you and the kids will enjoy. Here are some useful tips and tricks to keep in mind before you get creative and chalk it up!
- Choose a place: Before you get going, choose where and how much to incorporate this bold, black accent into your space. If you love the trend, go big and paint an entire gallery wall in your nursery or playroom. If you'd rather use an accent piece, paint the surface of a craft table, the back of a door, or even a dresser, so your child knows where everything goes!
Every nursery is a labor of love, but the cool room created for Piper Jane, daughter of blogging duo Courtney and Dustin Bowden, was heavy on labor. Stripping wallpaper, creating a striped ceiling, painting trim, refinishing a hand-me-down dresser, converting an Ikea chair into a glider, creating a DIY area rug, and building book ledges were just some of the projects the couple undertook to create a dream room for their daughter. But my favorite element by far is the awesome chalkboard gallery wall, which Courtney created by painting some frames, incorporating a mirror and objects, and getting creative with chalk. The result is simply spectacular — and totally doable, too. Keep clicking to get inspired to create your own!
Source: Project Nursery
CJ Hughes, a graphic designer hailing from Spring Hill, TN, creates gorgeous chalkboard designs perfect for nuptial celebrations. Following in the artistic footsteps of a grandfather who illustrated magazine covers in the '30s and a father with a penchant for oil painting, it seems CJ was destined to pick up the craft. His online shop is full of beautifully painted chalkboard pieces, many of which relate specifically to weddings.
With a meticulous method that involves three to four hours of prepping, sketching, and actually painting chalkboards to achieve the final product, couples are sure to have an impressive piece of artwork that will last long after the big day. Keep reading to find out CJ's favorite ways to decorate with chalkboard art for weddings and beyond!
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.
While doing a little scouting for some new living room furniture this week, I spotted this clever chalkboard and wall-mounted glass vase display in a major decor retailer in San Francisco. It's quite playful and actually one of the more maximal designs and displays I've seen in that particular store. Can you guess what store it's in?
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
As I've mentioned before, 500 Days of Summer is full of design eye candy. One of my favorite décor ideas siphoned from the film is Joseph Gordon-Levitt's character's chalkboard wall headboard. Chalkboard paint, as you know, is quite trendy these days in the interior design world. But being the skilled architect that he is, Tom Hansen (Gordon-Levitt) took it to the next level, drawing a simple, Mission-style headboard, complete with shading and all. The idea is similar to the trompe l'œil headboard I painted on my own wall, but chalk offers the flexibility to erase and start over. Are you a fan of the chalkboard wall in the movie?
In this powder room in the portfolio of New York-based interior designer Amanda Nisbet, a chalkboard scribbled with the words "You look marvelous" is hung in place of a mirror above the sink. While this tongue-in-cheek idea certainly photographs well, I think as a guest, after nibbling on some pesto caprese skewers and excusing myself to freshen up, I'd be pretty peeved to find no mirror in the powder room. If the chalkboard had a mirrored frame, or vice-versa, that might pass in my book. What do you think?
I know I said I am over wall decals, but I can make exceptions. The peeps from Wall Candy Arts approached me about their decals, and being the sweetheart that I am I gave their selection a gander. Most of their decals seem to be for children, which I'm all for: kids should have their fun. But, I was digging the Rococo Chalkboard Decal, so I asked to try it out. Wondering what that cryptic lettering is? Find out and hear my thoughts on the product when you read more