Fun with Chalkboard Paint

Chalkboard paint is a versatile way to jazz up common items to make them ready for the creative endeavors of kids of all ages. It not only comes in the standard black and green, but is now available in a variety of colors and can be painted on many different surfaces.


photo from Fancy Frugal Life

When painting with chalkboard paint, keep these tips in mind:

  • Always start with a clean, dry surface.
  • Lightly sand the surface.
  • Use the correct primer. If painting on plastic, use a special primer, like Rust-oleum plastic primer. The paint won’t stick otherwise.
  • Tape over areas that you don’t want painted.

Here are some ideas to create a chalkboard with some of your favorite items:

Lunch Box Love Notes

Paint the inside of a metal lunchbox lid with chalkboard paint. You’ll have a mini-chalkboard to leave lunch box love notes and words of encouragement to your child every day.

Bedroom Door Message Center

Older kids and teens will love having a chalkboard on the outside of their bedroom door. Carefully tape a rectangle on the door. Paint inside the tape with chalkboard paint. Once dry, frame the chalkboard with molding painted to match the door color. Add a chalk tray for easy access.

Playroom Chalkboard Coffee Table

Turn an old coffee table into a place to draw and write for children by painting the top with chalkboard paint. Keep chalk and erasers on hand by storing them in the table’s drawer or a basket. Kids can doodle, write, draw race tracks or create games on their very own erasable surface.

Clip-board Chalkboard

Give your middle-school student a carry-along chalkboard for the school year. Paint the top surface of a clip board with chalkboard paint. Be sure to use plastic primer if using a plastic clip board. Give your student a chalk ink pen to write a daily homework list or for doodling.

After-school Snack Tray

Paint a metal serving tray with chalkboard paint. Use it to display after-school snacks on the kitchen table. Label the snacks directly on the tray to help young students with their reading skills.

With its wide availability and ease of use, chalkboard paint is an economical and fun do-it-yourself project that adds a little excitement to ordinary items. What have you created with chalkboard paint?

About the Author
Barb Hacker is a mom to three boys and a freelance writer.