May 24, 2011

A different kind of paint

My so-called office is in my bedroom. I am currently working on a wall shelf storage unit to store all of my things. While in this process I have been thinking of ways to make this area of my bedroom functional as well as aesthetically pleasing with the rest of the room.

That’s where the idea of using paint came in: chalkboard, magnetic or dry erase. All these paints are fantastic to work with and will provide an outlet to get creative.

Let’s start with regular chalk board. Very easy to make. When browsing at Home Depot the other day I saw that now you can tint the chalk board. No more black only, color please!


This is an old mirror frame made into a magnetic chalk board. You know you want something like this in your room. Here is the tutorial for how Christina did it.


Reading forums I found out that the magnetic paint will add texture to your wall. A way to get rid of the texture is to sand it down before painting the color of your choice. In most cases people have used earth magnets but from what I read if kids swallow them can cause harm to them, so please be careful. 

Of course the options are limitless when it comes to what you can do with this paint. For example you can use it to create a calendar to stay organized:

Chalkboard Wall Calendar with Memo - Vinyl Wall Decal


to organize your jars of things

Chalkboard Labels Fun Pack - 12 -  4 oval, 4 rectangle, 4 fancy - 3.5 inch


to create beautiful napkin rings

Chalkboard Napkin Rings Set of 6 wedding country primitive personalized DIY


to create a decorative chalk board

ANTIQUE Chalkboard "OUTDOOR WEDDING" Spring Summer Weddings Restaurant Antique Oval Chalkboard Home Decorative Ornate Chalkboard 29inx21in White Solid Wood Shabby Chic Created By


Do you have a project in mind that you can use any of those paints for? I really like the chalk labels, the napkin rings as well as the decorative board. Since I have an almost two year old I was thinking of painting one of the walls in the garage for her to draw on.

I am linking this to Chic on a Shoestring Design; Fingerprints of the Fridge




  1. I definitely want to try making an old mirror into a chalkboard. I think that's a great idea to paint a wall for your daughter!

  2. I'm pretty sure that chalkboard paint is like the best invention since sliced's just so awesome and has so many cool uses! I'm with you on the chalkboard labels, COOLSVILLE.

  3. I am in love with chalkboard paint - so cute!


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