Experts say that the kitchen is the family’s most lived in room in today’s age. We now have islands for eating and doing various tasks right in the kitchen alongside the cook who’s preparing dinner or cleaning up. With today’s hustle and bustle of life, the kitchen is a handy place to leave notes and lists that people will be sure to see. But what if you don’t want a bunch of paper notes scattered in your kitchen, or a white erase board just doesn’t quite go with your decor?
Make your own! This way is can be whatever size you want, any color, any theme and you can make it yours by adding personal touches. Most stores have a craft section with blank wood signs of different shapes and sizes. If you want a bigger board in a square shape, you can always head down to a local hardware store and find a size board of your choosing. There are many differing ways you could design your message board, all ending up with varying looks, here are a few starting with the simplest.
Buy a picture frame in a style you like, it can be oval, have a fancy edge, or be a plain wide wooden frame- or you may have an old one you aren’t using anymore and can paint any color you wish. Just make sure it has a back to it- this is what you will use as a message board. Remove the back and paint the front with a chalkboard paint. Valspar makes such a paint found at Lowes. For those of you that don’t want black chalkboard there is the option of Idea Paint which dries to more of a erase board finish. (See link below) If you really want to add some special features you can first paint it with a magnetic latex primer which Lowes also carries in the brand Rust-oleum. Just follow the painting instructions.
This way if you wanted to attach buttons or flowers to a magnet you could put them on your memo board to hold notes. (There are some cute flowers in all colors in the scrapbooking supplies.) You could even attach a mini chalk or dry marker to a magnet and keep it right on your picture frame! Glue magnets on the back of your message board and put on your fridge, or hang it like you would a picture- it’s up to you!
You can also use all the basic principles in the paragraph above but dress it up a little. Buy a big picture frame– one with the multiple picture options. Remove the back, prime it with the magnetic paint, and paint it whichever color you wish. Then, after it dries, cover the painted back with the insert for the different pictures and paint where the pictures would go with either your chalkboard paint at Lowes or dry erase paint by Idea Paint. Remove the picture insert and you’ll have mini places to write notes! Now you can use some scrapbooking supplies to make some great magnets– make labels for each member of the family, attach various things to magnets to make it unique and totally you! You now have a cute message board that you can display with style.
Use this idea and really run with it to make whatever style you want– use an old cabinet door and paint it all over with the primer, paint the edges the color you wish and the inside with the message paint. If you have an old cabin look in your home, use a sawed off end of a large log and paint the center with the paints. If you sew, find a sturdy piece of hard board (not quite wood, not quite card board) and paint it, then sew a larger block of fabric to attach it to, giving it a nice fabric boarder.
3 Fun Ways to Use Chalkboard Paint in the Kitchen
Chalkboard paint is a hot item right now. The stuff brushes on like regular paint, but once dry, it works just like a chalkboard. Some people even use magnetic paint as a base coat so that the faux-chalkboard operates more like a real one.
Three Great Uses for Chalkboard Paint
The design magazines are full of beautiful kitchens that make good use of chalkboard surfaces on walls, counters, and even appliances. This guide will focus on three of our favorite ways to use it in the kitchen so that your unique modifications will turn out just as useful as they are beautiful.
1. Keep an Ongoing Grocery List
Apply the paint to the refrigerator, the face of a cabinet, or perhaps on the inside of your pantry door – wherever you are most likely to be standing when you realize that you have run out of a very important ingredient. Use your new chalkboard to keep an ongoing grocery list. Take a picture of the list with your cellphone and take it to the supermarket with you.
2. Label Your Dry Goods
You can use cute stencils to apply this specialty paint to your favorite glass or ceramic storage jars. This is a great way to keep track of dry goods when your stock rotates by season. Apply paint to a small portion (just enough for the name and date of the contents) or cover the entire thing. There are no rules for something as fun as chalkboard paint! Don’t forget that chalkboard paint comes in just about every color under the sun, so you’re not stuck with just the traditional black or green.
3. Create an Ever-Evolving Accent Wall
This is the first idea we ever had after discovering the joys of chalkboard paint. Simply create your chalkboard between a pair of windows, on a small wall, or even make a border near the ceiling. The options are limitless – the placement doesn’t even have to be convenient, as long as you don’t plan to make constant changes. Use chalk markers instead of regular pieces of chalk to create a stunning graphic mural right on your kitchen wall.
Did we mention that we love chalkboard paint? It’s a simple, effective way to give your kitchen some quirky character. Just make sure to invest in dust-free chalk (teachers swear by it) to keep the dust off your food and dishes – after all, the kitchen chalkboard is all about functionality and convenience.
Chalkboard Paint – Easy Way to Decorate Your Home
If you thought chalkboards were just for schoolrooms, think again. These wipe-off writing surfaces make handy helpers around the home, too. Thanks to paint that dries into a chalkboard finish, your board can be whatever size you desire and placed wherever you like.
You can make your own chalkboard paint. There are several recipes online, most of them consist of the same ingredients. Here’s what you should prepare ;
- Latex paint with flat finish
- Unsanded tile grout
- Sandpaper ( 400 grit )
Once you are set with the painting process, determine where the chalkboard will be set up. You can even use your kitchen door. Sand the surface to a fine finish. Then, use a marker to mark the borders of the area to be painted. Clean this area with clean and wet cotton rags and let it dry. Make sure it is completely dry before you move the next process.
Mix together latex paint and unsanded tile grout and make sure it blend well until no clumps at all. Apply your paint with a regular paint brush and allow each coat of paint to dry completely, before applying the next.After each coat of paint, gently sand the paint with a 400 grit or higher grit sandpaper and wipe away any dust by using cotton rag. This is very important step to ensure your your painted surface nicely clean and smooth. Let it dry for at least one day. I hope this gets you started on your chalkboard paint project. Your kids are going to love it!