Writing on the Walls: Chalkboard Paint

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This month's Domino magazine feature on the home of Jenna Lyons is just stunning. Most intriguing to me is the bedroom, which Jenna and her husband painted using chalkboard paint. The effect is deep and dramatic, a serene yet striking retreat. And it makes me wonder about the uses of chalkboard paint in decorating. It always looks so darn cool…

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The rich, opaque finish of the black paint contrasts so nicely with the dusty, ephemeral chalk writing—such a unique textural layer.

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Here the paint contributes to the cool feeling of metal and marble, but it also adds a playful dimension to this angled industrial space.

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Different shades of paint create a calendar grid for a decorative element that is functional too. And I love how they've teamed up the chalkboard paint with that great clock and a high-style interpretation of a teacher's chair. Perhaps we can call this 'Schoolhouse Chic'?

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Green paint looks earthy and organic on this refrigerator, tying in an otherwise ordinary appliance with the slate tiles on the floor. Though I have hard time identifying with a household that has champagne and goat cheese on their shopping list…mine would read something like 'Kool Aid and Velveeta'.

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Rather than painting a whole wall, what about doing just a slim horizontal panel? It breaks up the space without overpowering it, and provides a nifty focal point that you can change on a whim.

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I just adore this children's room. Not only does the bright green chalkboard paint inject an element of whimsy that both kids and adults can appreciate, but the application has such graphic appeal. LOVE those woodland silhouettes where green meets white!

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But I'll be honest, guys. Knowing my brainy husband who loves to tinker, I'm skeptical about how chalkboard paint would go over in my house. I fear it would end up looking more 'Mad Scientist' than 'Martha Stewart'. So I pose the question. Is chalkboard paint a Do or a Don't? And while you're mulling it over, be sure to scroll down for today's tasty recipe!

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Image Credits: 1. Domino 2. Erik Johnson 3. James Merrell 4. Marie Claire Maison via Erin Wilson
5. Noisette Family 6. Nibs Blog 7. Domino 8. New York Times

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12 Responses to “Writing on the Walls: Chalkboard Paint”

  1. Cupcakes and Cashmere Says:

    if i had any artistic ability, i’d do something like this immediately. love it all!

  2. Betsy Says:

    We are getting ready to bring a little chalkboard paint into the store–but we are painting it on an old door so that it can be moved around and used for signage. Maybe that would be good for a home too? That way if it become too messy it can be taken away. By the way, who doesn’t have velveeta and koolaid on their shopping list??

  3. Aimee Says:

    Thanks for the blog love and for commenting on the new blog look! Love your blog, I’m a huge fan!

  4. savvymode sg Says:

    i read about this before. now looking at the end result, quite savvy!

  5. Michelle@My wedding report Says:

    I really want to try chalkboard paint. I think it would be so fun to have one in the office or a craft room one day. I love the collection of pictures you put together.

  6. Courtney Says:

    I always find myself drawn to interiors using chalkboard paint; I really love the idea of it.
    I had to laugh at the mad scientist prospect… in our house with my engineer husband and me, who loves to doodle, we very likely could end up looking more Mad Scientist than Martha 🙂

  7. megan Says:

    great post! i loved looking at all these photos…and while some people have to write on a completely clean chalkboard, i love looking at all the layers of chalk dust that have been left behind. much more interesting i think 🙂

  8. Georgia Says:

    i love this idea—especially the calendar and the fridge!
    my sister did this to her kitchen door when she lived in a vintage apartment in Chicago that had an ugly back door. it was a great solution to cover the ugly door and make it bistro-chic. she would write recipes or grocery lists on it.
    come to think of it, i helped her paint it. what a pain that was! but the results are worth it!
    🙂

  9. Sam Says:

    A definite Do It! Fantastic idea.

  10. Peonies and Polaroids Says:

    I love chalkboard. We have a little one in our kitchen but this has inspired me to paint a bigger patch with it. I especially love it as art with the little birdie, gorgeous. The dustiness of it is beautiful.

  11. Grace@PoeticHome Says:

    What a fantastic roundup of inspiration Anne! I adore the calendar look, as well as the application of green traditional chalkboard paint. You know me…I love chalkboard paint and like attaching it to anything without legs 🙂

  12. no.35style Says:

    Love this month’s Domino with the dark walls…so rich!

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