Easy DIY Chalkboard Paint Ideas For Your Home!

by Devna Tiwari | February 14, 2024 | 5 mins read

DIY chalkboard paint ideas for your home

Bring home the trendiest paint idea! We bring you a lowdown on easy DIY chalkboard paint ideas for your home.

Chalk was humankind’s first tool for creating art. The earliest known examples date back to stone age cave paintings. Naturally occurring, versatile and easy to use, it has been the go-to choice for artists for thousands of years. Chalk or chalk art follows a rich and vibrant history of what makes us human. It embodies our ability to create art, convey thoughts and tell stories that can be read by generations thousands of years in the future. A reliable medium for countless artists, chalk art still holds its own in the 21st century. Most of us remember drawing on the slate as kids, our first letters were written in chalk. Recapture the magic of your childhood with these DIY Chalkboard ideas that brighten up your home with fun and quirky art and letting the artist in you take wings.

Where Can I Find A Chalkboard?

A wide selection of chalkboard craft materials, paints, paper are readily available in the market for the DIY enthusiast to choose from. Chalkboard laminates are also available that can be part of shutters or side panels of your modular furniture. These panels can be a part of the shutters in your kitchen tall units, kitchen drop-down table, panels of your foyer, shutters of your children’s wardrobe or study. Chalkboard paint can be used to paint picture frames, wood planks, pillowcases, bottles and jars to write messages on. Let us see a few such ideas for you to try at home.

Chalkboard Laminates For Your Modular Furniture

This is probably the easiest way to bring the magic of chalk art into your home. There is a wide selection of vendors that sell laminates specifically made to provide a chalkboard finish either in matte black or green. These can be fixed on to the shutter or wood panel as the finish itself without the need for any additional fixtures. Chalkboard laminates lend a clean and seamless look. In a kitchen, they can be used in place of post-it notes to quickly jot down a grocery list, or recipes, as reminders, as kitchen menu boards or for just writing down inspirational quotes. They can be part of the laminate on the shutter of a children’s wardrobe or study area. Children would love having this in their bedrooms to doodle to their heart’s content.

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Chalkboard Paint For Your Walls

Chalkboard paint is readily available in the market from all major brands. Though more expensive than regular paint, this type of paint is often only reserved for just one showpiece wall in the bedroom, living room, dining room or as the kitchen dado. This is ideal for the adult whose inner child never grew up and like a personal touch in their homes. 

One showpiece wall chalkboard paint for kids room with backlit lighting looks adore with the study table

DIY Chalkboard Plates

If you have any old plates lying around, these can easily be turned into tiny chalkboards that you can hand on the walls with your custom artwork. All you need is some chalkboard paint and paintbrush. Scrub the surface of the old plates with medium to high grit sandpaper to roughen up the surface. This will help with better adhesion of the chalkboard paint and prevent it from peeling off. Once the coat of paint is dry you can fix the plates on the wall with two-sided tape. Test your wall before fixing as a dry powdery wall paint may not be suitable for sticking heavy plates using two-sided tape. This can be solved by cleaning the wall with a wet cloth to get rid of any loose paint dust. You may also opt for stronger industrial strength tape that is available online. Alternatively, you can arrange the plates on shelves, crockery units or on top of console units if you are unsure of fixing them on your walls.

Plates with chalk paint in Indian dining room hanging on the wall with custom DIY artwork brings an artistic vibe.

DIY Chalk Painted Jars And Bottles

Painting glass jars and bottles is a fun way of personalising them to decorate your home. Now don’t worry if your favourite colour is not black or green, chalkboard paints come in a wide range of colours to go with the colour palette of your home. The process is pretty simple and straightforward if you are using glass jars and bottles you can directly apply the paint after you give them a good wash and rinsing to get rid of any food residue, oils or grease. You can also use a spray-on primer if you wish to keep the paint from peeling off. The process is the same for plastic bottles except sanding the surface down will allow the paint to adhere better and hence last longer. You may try painting a number of jars and bottles in pastel colours and decorate them with flowers and personalised chalk messages.

DIY jars and bottles chalk paint in Indian kitchen island in pastel colours and decorated with custom arts
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DIY Chalk Painted Notepads And Pillows

Painting the hard paperback notepad or book is a fun and quirky way of personalising your diary or work notepad. The process is as straightforward and as easy as it gets. All you have to do is apply a coat of chalkboard paint on your favourite notepad, book or diary. Painting a pillow is also just as easy as it sounds, chalkboard paint for fabric allows you to have a flexible chalkboard canvas on your sofa that you can doodle on. Just remember not to try this on your good bedroom pillows, but on old throw pillows or pillows for sofas. 

Personalised chalkboard paint on notepad, book and pillow placed on sofa and study table look admirable.

These are just a few of the easiest DIY chalkboard ideas that you try at your home. The chalkboard laminates might require for some expert help and is something you can keep in mind when designing your modular home.

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Devna Tiwari is a content writer at Design Cafe's home interiors blog.

Devna Tiwari

Devna Tiwari is a content writer at DesignCafe and comes with four years of experience. She walks undeterred, heads up against all odds and sits down to write about them. When she is not out there capturing every moment to permanence or trying out new restaurants, she is busy planning her next voyage. She is also the author of the book The Surrogate Girlfriend.

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