Chalkboard Inspiration

20 Mar

This post all starts with a simple gift. This:

No, not the super cool chicken. The awesome chalkboard! A few months back, my mom bought it for me as a housewarming present. I loved my little kitchen chalkboard so much my mind turned to how we could take it to the next level. So I started looking for inspiration online.


This might be a little too much chalkboard…but it’s very cool. Seriously, how else would strangers know where you keep your comprehensive collection of ashtrays?? 

Source: via Kate on Pinterest

Still a lot of chalkboard, but I love the stark contrast with the white in this kitchen..

Source: via Kate on Pinterest

DING DING DING!! We have a winner!

Originally I considered painting a large, blank wall in my kitchen, as a chalkboard, but the wall is textured and would be way too much visual space. We considered building a faux frame on the wall and maybe painting it a fun, bright color (Teal is one of my all time faves), but it still seemed like it might be too much. Here’s the wall as it looks currently, with charming paint swatches (we’re painting in April).

Then it hit me:

Well lookee-loo what we have here!

Seriously, how do you describe this? I know part of the cabinetry for the kitchen (it charmingly hides the refrigerator, which otherwise would totally be visible from the living room), but it just feels so random.

It is as if this cabinetry has been sitting here, waiting its whole life for a purpose. And that purpose, is to become a chalkboard for me to write sassy messages on.

Any other great ideas for chalkboard paint? Have you ever tried using chalkboard paint anywhere in your house?


5 Responses to “Chalkboard Inspiration”

  1. raquelamaral March 20, 2012 at 8:34 am #

    as a menu in our kitchen. I love your blog.

  2. Stephanie March 20, 2012 at 9:19 am #

    I also love the idea of painting a small ornate swatch of chalkboard paint onto a row of white ceramic canisters, then you can write what’s inside (like flour or sugar!).

    • readmakedo March 20, 2012 at 9:21 am #

      Super cute idea Stephanie!! I have some left over chalkboard paint if you want to give it a try, just sayin 😉

  3. Author MelindaTripp March 24, 2012 at 6:02 am #

    You can take the teacher out of the classroom, but I just love having a kitchen chalkboard. I put a favorite quote way up top and the month, it is really a 4×8 piece of sheet metal attached to the wall …so we have the magnets for the kids area, and drawing and spelling area…lists…….notes to hubby, etc
    I just love it…..

    Last week I had the grand girls stand still and outlined their silhouettes, then they happily filled in while Nana made lunch!


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