Chalkboard Paint: Off the Wall

In the process of putting together our workroom at home, I was struck with inspiration as I gazed on the awful, but necessary (for now) sliding closet doors. Paint them with chalkboard paint! This, of course, sent me down a rabbit hole of finding other things waiting to be painted, and I was delighted with some of the ideas that I found.

• Off the bat, I was instantly enamored of these chalkboard ponies, over at Whorange (a blog that I was also instantly enamored of.) These are available through Houndstooth Design's Etsy shop, and I am currently fighting the urge to buy one.

• I love the idea of personalizing chairs, especially in a family or office setting! I have an obsession with rehabbing downtrodden chairs anyhow, and chalkboard paint is an awesome option. This is a great idea from Budget Wise Home.

• Alright, so this one isn't too far "off the wall" but this chalkboard dresser is adorable. I love that it is styled to live in the dining room, housing linens and dishes. Clearly, though, this idea would work beautifully in a bedroom – children's or adult's – craft room or office! Kudos to HomeLife for bringing it out of the bedroom for their tutorial.

• Maryann over at The DIY Club took her paint to some large bottles to use as vases. We love the idea of putting cuttings and flowers in them, and think they could also be amazing centerpieces clustered in different shapes and sizes! Wedding centerpieces, anyone!?!

• I love globes. I have too many of them. They are really weird to move from place to place, as well, because they take up a lot of space and are awkward! But I still have too many of them. And now I want to paint at least one! (Maybe one of the less attractive ones?) Chrissy over at Hoot Design
followed this DIY from Whipperberry, which I also intend to follow!

Tom Darracott, a designer at Village Green Studios in California created a series of photographs of this chalkboard painted motorcycle helmet. Morbidly titled "Crash Marks," the images are graphically very interesting, and I do like the look of an unexpected object bearing the marks of a writing implement ordinarily reserved for children!

• I swear I'm starting my herb garden this summer. And when I do, I love the idea of using chalkboard painted popsicle sticks as markers! Connie at Bird and Seed simply dipped the end of the sticks in paint and let them dry on wax paper! Easy enough! Now I just need to start the herb garden.

Bragging Bags has created these wooden eggs painted in chalkboard paint as place cards for weddings, and we're loving them. I may not need 50, but a couple would be cute around the house!

For those of you interested in making your own chalkboard paint, in any color, here's a recipe from Maxwell!

Images: As linked above.