The Best Chalkboard Paints And The Cool DIY Projects You Can Do With Them

Phillip Dane

Working with chalkboard paint in your DIY projects can be lots of fun as you can make all sorts of interesting and useful things with it. A very simple use that we can think of is if you make labels for your storage systems so you can easily organize everything. You can also make chalkboard walls that you can write and draw on or signs that you can customize however you want to. Of course, chalkboard paint is a lot more versatile than that. Here are a few more cool ideas that you might like to incorporate into your future projects:

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If you like to have a bit of greenery into your home or if you have a small garden, a nice idea could be to make some chalkboard planters so you can easily label them. It’s a very simple thing to do. You can use your existing pots or get some new ones, mark an area on them with tape, then apply some layers of chalkboard paint. You might need to sand down the surface prior to this. Do this for your small pots, the ones that you plant seeds in, so you can label them by writing on the surface using chalk.

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Some of the things that you can do with chalkboard paint are only decorative or symbolic. For example, this is a chalkboard globe. It doesn’t serve a practical purpose but it looks cool and interesting. Also, this is a really nice way to repurpose an old globe that’s already damaged or outdated. Don’t forget to give the stand a makeover too.

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On the same note, a framed chalkboard can make a lovely decoration. You can display it in areas such as the entryway or the bedroom or write a cute message on it or you can give it a more practical purpose and turn it into a board that you write notes or lists on. In any case, the project is very simple and only requires a few supplies such as a thin piece of wood, a frame and chalkboard paint. The customization possibilities are infinite.

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Similarly, you could make a mini chalkboard that you can hang on a wall and write things on. You can even give it a little ledge for the chalk pieces and a tiny sponge. This particular one is made from a few repurposed items such as a wooden puzzle piece tray and a scrabble tile holder. This goes to show how much you can accomplish if you have a creative mind. We can imagine something like this being useful in areas such as the kitchen or the entryway.

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Another cool little project that you can do is related to Halloween. You can make a chalkboard tombstone (or several) which you can display in and around the house. It’s a very simple project and the supplies needed for it include a piece of plywood, some sandpaper, primer and chalkboard paint. Once it’s done you can use chalkboard markers or just regular chalk to add the finishing touches.

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You can apply chalkboard paint on glass and various other surfaces too which means you can make projects such as this one. Sure, working with glass is a bit tricky but you shouldn’t have any problems as long as you follow the instructions. At the end of the day, this is a fairly simple project.

The best 5 chalkboard paints

1. Rust-Oleum Available 206540 Chalkboard Brush-On

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If you’re not careful when getting your supplies, you might end up buying the wrong type of chalkboard paint. We’re not talking only about the quality of the paint but also some of the other characteristics. This right here is a very versatile type of chalkboard paint. It can be used on various types of surfaces including wood, metal, plastic, glass, drywall, concrete, hardboard and unglazed ceramics. It’s black, scratch-resistant and only suitable for indoor use.

2. Krylon K05223000 Chalkboard Paint Special Purpose Brush-On

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This is another fairly versatile type of chalkboard paint. It’s suitable for wood, metal, glass, plaster and ceramic surfaces. It’s for indoor use only and it provides a durable and long-lasting finish turning the chosen surface into a tough and smooth, slate-like chalkboard that you can write on.

3. Chalkboard Paint kit – Quality Chalkboard Paint Black

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This is water-based, non toxic chalkboard paint suitable for wood and terra cotta surfaces. It’s great for small decorative projects and crafts and easy to apply using the foam brushes included in the package. Once you apply it and the surface is dry, you can use chalk or chalk markers to write and draw on it. You can use it on furniture, planters and other similar surfaces.

4. Rust-Oleum 285140 Ultra Matte Interior Chalked Paint

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In case you didn’t know, chalkboard paint comes in lots of different colors including white. That means you can use it in all sorts of contexts and decors and you can customize your projects in all sorts of different ways. This is linen white ultra matte paint that you can use on a variety of surfaces including wood, metal, ceramic or canvas. It uses a low-odor, latex formula and dries is only 30 minutes and adheres easily to any surface. You only need to apply a single coat of paint to get good coverage.

5. Retique It by Renaissance chalk finish furniture paint

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This antique white chalkboard paint is excellent for furniture makeover projects. It allows you to create a vintage or distressed finish and it’s easy to apply. No sanding or priming is required as this paint has great adhesion and thanks to its superior coverage one or two coats are enough to get a silky smooth chalky finish. This paint is specifically designed for furniture and cabinets and uses a non-toxic, 0 VOC’s formula.

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