The Chalkboard Effect

Everybody’s doing it. From cards to walls the chalkboard effect doesn’t seem to be losing momentum. We’re planning to have a kiddie corner in our new kitchen with a chalkboard wall for scribbles and shopping lists. I think the most successful walls are those that include splashes of colour to contrast against the stark black.

I’ve been pursuing Pinterest looking for ideas. These are some of the best I’ve found

New Nursery Design by Sissy and Marley – giraffe papier mache bust and bookend at


A full bedroom wall with chalkboard paint


A room in a room


If I”m honest this is probably how our chalkboard will look most of the time


Kitchen chalkboard – love the red E


Chalkboard lockers

Chalkboard sliding door


The back of a cabinet in chalkboard paint


Love the hand drawn frames and umbrella


Last but not least – I love this idea. Looks great with coloured kitchenware


See more ideas inspiring ideas in my Pinterest folder

And here’s how to make your own in any colour. Thanks Martha Stewart

Custom Colors How-To

Start with flat-finish latex paint in any shade. For small areas, such as a door panel, mix 1 cup at a time.

1. Pour 1 cup of paint into a container. Add 2 tablespoons of unsanded tile grout. Mix with a paint stirrer, carefully breaking up clumps.

2. Apply paint with a roller or a sponge paintbrush to a primed or painted surface. Work in small sections, going over the same spot several times to ensure full, even coverage. Let dry.

3. Smooth area with 150-grit sandpaper, and wipe off dust.

4. To condition: Rub the side of a piece of chalk over entire surface. Wipe away residue with a barely damp sponge.


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