Chalkboard decor is taking over homes across the country. Chalkboards are homey, nostalgic (who doesn’t love the smell of chalk?), and handy! Chalk has always been a part of our lives in one form or another: from drawing on the streets and sidewalks as kids to learning in the classroom. And now, it’s become a part of our homes. Of our everyday routine.
Here are a few different ways to use them throughout your home.
If you get a can, you’ll need a roller or two (keep size in mind for this!) to apply the paint. You’ll also want painter’s tape to ensure crisp, clean lines.
Oh, and chalk… don’t forget the chalk or you won’t be able to utilize your chalkboard(s).
This is one of the most common places to use a chalkboard but—in my opinion—the most fun. I’ve always loved a rustic kitchen and I think chalkboards look great here.
There are a few different ways that you can use chalkboards in the kitchen. You can paint or hang one on the wall and use it to keep track of groceries you need to buy or even the week’s meal plan!
You can also make serving trays with a chalkboard strip running along the bottom or through the center. This would be great for entertaining! If you put together a cheese or dip tray, you can easily label each item for easy identification.
This is such a fun way to bring chalkboards into an unexpected place and to incite and inspire creativity in your guests. Kids will love this, too!
Chalkboard coasters are a fun and different approach to DIY coasters. They extend the DIY feel to your guests when they get to doodle on their coasters. They’ll really feel welcome once they put chalk to chalkboard.
Just makes sure that you provide the chalk. You can buy and keep a box of colored chalk near the stack of coasters or you can invest in chalk pencils for a less messy application.
You can hang one up here or you can paint right on your filing cabinet and give it a makeover. You can use washi tape to create a calendar, grid, or anything else that’ll help keep you organized at home. Use color for organizing tasks and lists, if that’s your thing.
Plus, and this is just a theory, there’s a chance that just the smell of chalk will inspire you to work harder and more efficiently. The sound and smell of chalk will forever be associated with classrooms, so awaken your inner, attentive student and get to work on these projects!
Chalk is an art form. There’s something really peaceful about working with chalk or even just watching a street artist brighten up a slab of pavement with the image floating around in their head. What I’m trying to stay is that I think this home decor trend is here to stay.
Kayleigh is a content writer with a BA in technical writing/literature and an MA in creative writing. When she’s not at work writing, she’s at home writing, reading, or binge-watching television shows… for research, of course. A big do-it-yourselfer and crafter, Kayleigh loves testing out projects and gifting them to friends and family—all in preparation for when she owns her own home one day and decorates with her own personal creations. Her work has appeared on The Writing Cooperative and as an Honorable Mention in East Meets West American Writers Review.