17 Out-of-the-Box Chalkboard Paint Ideas for Your Home


Chalkboard paint is a fun trend in home decor that will get the whole family excited. Check out these creative ways to use chalkboard paint to make your home or office space fun and artsy. These DIY chalkboard projects turn items you already have into a beautiful new canvas each day.

I’m sure you’ve seen all of the cute chalkboard wall art in boutiques and cafes. I’ve found some super cute ways to bring the farmhouse look to your home on a friendly budget. You’ll find ten minute DIY’s as well as some beautiful ways to transform even your kitchen with a little chalkboard paint!

17 Out-of-the-Box Chalkboard Paint Ideas for Your Home

Chalkboard Paint Ideas

How to Use Chalkboard Paint

If this is your first time using chalkboard paint, or if you are here looking for some pro tips to make your chalkboard DIY a little more perfect, you’ll love these ideas.  These 17 projects range in skill level, but each blogger gives great step by step instructions with some great photos. #11 shows you how to make custom chalkboard paint colors. I didn’t even know that was possible! {gasp}

Chalkboard Paint Colors

Are you wondering, “What chalkboard paint colors are there?” LOTS!  Jessica shows you how to Make Your Own Chalkboard Paint In Any Color. {click link}

Jessica suggests these are the supplies you’ll need to create your own color:

  • 1 cup of latex paint {any color}
  • 1 Tbsp of unsanded grout

Mix extremely well and paint!

You can create any color you want like:

  • Black and greys
  • Pastels
  • Bright Primary Colors
  • Neutrals
  • You name it!

Elise and Emma give you a few more details if you’re looking for a longer tutorial on how to create your own chalkboard paint colors using acrylic paint.

Chalkboard Pillow

17. Chalkboard Paint Pillow

If you struggle finding a pillow with the just the right words, creating your own chalkboard paint pillow is the answer. How fun to have the perfect pillow for every holiday! Krista’s tutorial will show you how to sew an easy pillow case from a drop cloth and also how to make homemade chalkboard paint. What will you write on your pillow?

Click here to get pillow instructions –> Fall Harvest DIY Chalkboard Pillow

Chalkboard Paint Serving Tray

16. Chalkboard Paint Serving Tray

A quick trip to the hardware store and you can make your own custom serving tray. Allyson over at the Domestic Superhero gives step by step easy directions to create this rustic-looking chalkboard tray. You can write all sorts of fun messages while serving food and drinks at your next gathering.

Supplies needed:

  • Chalkboard Spray Paint
  • A 2×12 (8 feet long) wood board
  • 2 sturdy handles
  • Blue Painter’s Tape
  • Finishing Wax
  • Wood Stain

Click here for step by step instructions –> DIY Chalkboard Serving Tray

Chalkboard Tile Cheeseboard

15. Chalkboard Tile Cheeseboard

Fancy platters will be put to shame by this simple chalkboard painted cheeseboard, and it’s functional! Jessica’s cheeseboard is a fun way to label all of the cheeses and even leave a fun message for your next party.

Click here for pictured instructions–> Chalkboard Tile Cheeseboard

Smooth Chalkboard Wall

14. Smooth Chalkboard Wall

Having a chalkboard wall in the house is a great way to create seasonal art and a safe space for kids to doodle on. It’s perfect for the family calendar, to-do lists or leaving a fun message. You don’t have to be a chalk artist to leave a beautiful message from the heart.

Brittany gives great instructions on how to use chalkboard paint to create a chalkboard wall and she offers lots of tips to make the process go smoothly.

Click for step by step instructions–> How To Make A Smooth Chalkboard Wall

DIY Large Chalkboard

13. DIY Large Chalkboard

A giant chalkboard can be expensive so why not make your own? You can use it to practice hand-lettering, write out your schedule and much more! It is also a great addition for families who will be doing some extra learning at home this year. Marie captures a farmhouse feel with this DIY chalkboard and gives some great pro tips for using power tools and chalkboard paint.

Click here for a pictured instructions–> DIY Oversized Chalkboard

Easy Magnetic Chalkboard

12. Easy Magnetic Chalkboard

With a little magnetic chalkboard paint you can create a simple magnetic chalkboard out of any canvas. If you’re like me, you’ve probably got some old canvas artwork lying around that would love a new purpose! Amy shows you an easy process and she will also spark your creativity with these beautiful DIY magnets.

See the tutorial with video here–> Easy Magnetic Chalkboard on Canvas

Custom Colored Chalkboard Paint

11. Custom Colored Chalkboard Paint Colors

No need for chalkboard paint to be only black or green. Aimee shows you how to use clear chalkboard paint to make chalkboard surfaces in virtually any color. Can you imagine all of the chalkboard paint colors you could use? This adds a whole new way to use chalkboard paint for your DIY projects!

Click here for colored chalkboard instructions–> Make A Custom Colored Chalkboard

race car track painted onto wall with magnetic paint

10. How to Use Magnetic Paint For a Toy Room

You might also want to check out these other great ideas using magnetic paint. They are perfect for a child’s room.  I especially love the magnetic race track for a little boys room!

You can click here to find the tutorials –> How to Use Magnetic Paint for a Toy Room

Magnetic Chalkboard Menu

9. Magnetic Chalkboard Menu

A brilliant way to display the weekly meal plan which also doubles as decor. This chalkboard spray paint on a cookie sheet is a quick and easy DIY that costs less than $15.

Tip: Using a chalkboard pencil will give you those fine crisp writing lines.

Supplies needed:

  • cookie sheet
  • chalkboard spray paint
  • magnetic letters & white spray paint
  • magnetic strips

Click here for pictured insturctions–> DIY Magnetic Chalkboard Menu

Chalkboard File Cabinet

8. Chalkboard File Cabinet

I love this file cabinet that Haeley re-purposes from a Habitat store. It is a fun organization hack that removes the need for printed labels. You can also jot down notes on the sides of the file cabinet, or in my case, projects to finish. {giggles} Her tutorial gives great tips on how to use chalkboard paint to make sure you finish with a beautiful cabinet. It’s a perfect storage piece for that busy craft room.

Click here for pictured instructions–> Chalkboard File Cabinet Makeover

Chalkboard Art Dresser

7. Chalkboard Art Dresser

Another gorgeous storage solution with erasable chalkboard drawers. Tonia does a great job re-purposing this old dresser with some chalkboard paint to give it a cute look for the craft room or any room.  Perfect for a dresser that needs a little TLC.

Click here for easy to follow instructions–> Chalkboard Art Dresser

Chalkboard Paint Drawer

6. Chalkboard Paint Drawer

If you don’t have space for a big dresser, Amy has a great idea for this mini-drawer organizer. You can paint a small chest with chalkboard paint to turn it into the ultimate organizer for all of those little embellishments.

Click here to find instructions–> Chalkboard Painted Mini Drawer Organizer

Chalkboard Wall Calendar

5. Chalkboard Wall Calendar

A chalkboard wall calendar puts everyone’s schedule and to-dos in a visible place, and it also looks amazing. It helps keep the family or office organized and can easily be changed when plans change. This chalkboard paint calendar is a little bit of work, but I think the end result is just amazing, especially those gold letters.

Linda gives some great tips on how to use chalkboard paint and also how to measure out the perfect dimensions for the boxes. Thank goodness for people good at math! {high five}

Click here for instructions and measurements–> Chalkboard Wall Calendar DIY

Vintage Mirror Chalkboard

4. Vintage Mirror Chalkboard

If you’re not ready to chalkboard paint a big calendar on the wall, Krisit has a great alternative. She uses the frame from an old mirror or picture to easily make a chalkboard yourself and save you some money.

Tip: Thrift stores are full of old mirrors and and big picture frames!

Click here for easy to follow instructions–> Vintage Mirror To Kitchen Chalkboard

chalkboard spray paint old mirror

You know I love this idea!  I used this to create my family command center in my mud room!  Which I later used as a focal point for my Easter Table.  {squeal in delight}  I love how this turned out so much.

Chalkboard Paint Fridge

3. Chalkboard Paint Fridge

A brilliant way to give your fridge a unique look and eliminate all those pesky post-it notes stuck on it. If you have a busy family, you need a central place for all of the messages and lists, and the fridge is perfect! The Handmade Home makes this farmhouse look super easy to do yourself.

All you need:

  • a basic angled brush
  • painter’s tape
  • a painting tray
  • rags/dropcloths
  • magnetic primer
  • chalkboard paint

Click here for step by step instructions–> DIY Chalkboard Painted Fridge

DIY Chalkboard Planters

2. DIY Chalkboard Planters

No need for plant markers anymore! With these DIY chalkboard paint planters, you can write the names of the plants directly on them. You can also use the chalk to write a special message of Get Well, Welcome, or Good Luck! Megan gives easy to follow instructions to create this cute planter for under $5.

Click here for easy to follow instructions–> DIY Chalkboard Planters

Chalkboard Garden Markers

1. Chalkboard Garden Markers

The rustic feel of the garden is complete with these easy and cute chalkboard garden markers. Angela uses paint stirring sticks, but you could also use popsicle sticks for a small window-box herb garden. You can find the paint sticks at your local home improvement store when your picking up your chalkboard paint.

Click here for instructions-> DIY Chalkboard Garden Markers

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What Did I Miss?

Have you used chalkboard paint before? I’d love to know what crafty ideas and patterns you are looking for and want to make.  Leave a comment below. I also take requests, so if you’re looking for something specific let me know in the comments.

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Get the tutorials here–>15 Painting Techniques for Furniture

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You’ll find fun painted rock ideas here–>17 Creative Painted Rock Ideas [diy]

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