Whether you're looking for extra room to take notes, create labels or just get a little artsy, giving your everyday gear a coat of chalkboard paint (which turns any paint-able surface into a real, mark-it-up chalkboard) will give you the outlet you need. But you don't have to stop on the walls. Your laptop or desk can get in on the action, too.
We just bought up some brush-on chalkboard paint, and to say we're inspired is an understatement. Just looking around the living room, we're spying a million things that could use a coat of chalkboard paint. Giving everyday gear a chalkboard makeover is at once modernizing (with its matte black finish) and organizing, allowing us to label everything from the refrigerator to the remote controls.
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)