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How to Make Chalkboard Paint (+ 10 Paint Projects)

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10 Chalkboard Paint Craft Projects

Got your homemade chalkboard paint handy? Great! Let’s get crafty.

1. Keep super organized by painting your drawers with chalkboard paint. You’ll know exactly what’s in each one! This would be extra lovely if you could paint the drawers different colors.

2. Make a chalkboard sign. Snag an ugly painting at the thrift store, grab your chalkboard paint and a brush, and you’re ready to make a beautiful chalkboard sign.

3. Chalkboard globe. Give a tired old globe a brand new life with a coat of chalkboard paint.

4. Chalkboard clipboard. Your kids will love drawing on a chalkboard clipboard. Think of it as DIY Etch a Sketch.

5. DIY art table. Paint a tabletop with chalkboard paint, and let your kiddos draw all over that sucker.

6. Chalkboard door.Paint the inside of a door with chalkboard paint, and you can write lists, inspirational messages, and friendly reminders that you won’t miss on your way out.

7. Window frame calendar. Turn a salvaged window frame into a chalkboard calendar. Just cut a piece of pressboard or even cardboard to the size of the window, paint one side with chalkboard paint, and nail it to the back. Voila! Insta-calendar.

8. Dual duty napkin holders. A chalkboard napkin holder doubles as a reusable place card. Sandra used spray on chalkboard paint for this tutorial, but you could just as easily paint these with a brush.

9. Chalkboard garland. Cut circles out of cardboard, paint with chalkboard paint, then string up on twine. You can use this garland over and over for every holiday and celebration!

10. Chalkboard herb pots. This project from Finding Fabulous also uses chalkboard spray paint, but you can do the same thing with a pot of chalkboard paint and a brush.

Have you guys made anything fun with chalkboard paint? I’d love to hear what you’re crafting in the comments!

{Image Credits: Chalkboard bubble photo via Thinkstock; Chalkboard sign photo by Becky Striepe}

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!


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11:54AM PST on Dec 18, 2014

I once received a chalkboard mug as a gift *And* I lived in a house with a +/- 2'x15' strip of chalkboard wall in the kitchen next to the phone. It was the repository of all kinds of msgs/ memos/artwork. Loved it! And Love that I can now make my own paint!!

11:04PM PST on Feb 11, 2014

Thanks for sharing :)

8:31AM PST on Dec 4, 2013

Thanks! The Benjamin Moore chalkboard paint is nice, but not the easiest to find in time to do a craft project.

6:24PM PDT on Jun 22, 2013

This one still looks so cool. Thanks.

4:19AM PST on Mar 4, 2013

Great ideas.Thanks for sharing

6:51PM PST on Dec 30, 2012

I love these ideas...Thanks for sharing...

7:16AM PDT on Aug 24, 2012

i wanna have a whole wall with that paint XD

5:28AM PDT on Jul 16, 2012

I'm thinking that matte paint is the way to go for this craft--- thanks!

2:25PM PDT on Jul 14, 2012

You don't state whether to use gloss, silk or matt VOC free paint.

1:56PM PDT on Jul 14, 2012

Very cool

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Good ideas to recycle a few things. Thanks

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Thanks for sharing :")

Love the ideas, thanks for sharing.


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