Of course, we can't turn our entire place into a schoolroom (our significant other nixed the idea of giving the TV remote a chalkboard bath). So we picked out a few key office surfaces that could use a coat of chalkboard paint.
Need to quickly jot down a coupon code? Don't go shuffling for a sheet of paper. Paint a square of chalkboard paint right on top of your desk for an easy spot to scribble important numbers (or just use it to doodle). Here's a how-to lesson on getting it done.
OK, so all of the chalk dust isn't going to be good for your laptop. But if you're a coffee shop nomad, having a spot on your laptop to take down occasional notes sure beats scribbling on the underside of a Starbucks napkin.
Part of a Wall
In lieu of mounting a marker board, why not just paint a chalk square right onto your office wall? Use painters tape to section off an area of the wall above your desk and create a note-taking area (or a calendar!) directly on the wall.
A Whole Wall
Go big or go home. Paint an entire wall in your office with chalkboard paint and get the "accent wall" look and a huge creative outlet all at once. Use it to brainstorm, like in the office featured at the top of this post, or accentuate your decor with trompe l'oeil features like a stuffed fish and fireplace (just like Jaclyn & Brian did above).
(Images: Flickr member nachetz licensed for use under Creative Commons, How to Kill Paper Clutter with an $8 Can of Spray Paint, Look! Chalkboard Paint Covered Laptop, Chalkboard Paint in the Office, Jaclyn & Brian's Unique TV Mount)