All the colors, shapes, and imaginative designs . The hot pavement pressing against your shins, but you try to ignore it because your creativity never ceases-Chalk! I used to love playing with chalk when I was younger because of its ability to be whatever I wanted it to be. Now, as a somewhat adult and a first time home buyer, I have brought that childhood love of chalk back to life. Here are my four favorite ways to integrate chalk into your adult life/home:
Use #1: Creating a Command Station
I am one of those anal organizers that needs to repeatedly have things all in one place. I am in the process of completing this use in my new home, but what it simply is is a chalkboard wall or small section that may have a mail bin, a place for your keys, and of course chalk to write cute notes to your honey-muffins! Although this may not be the most creative use of chalk or the most entertaining, the results are aesthetically beautiful and it also helps de-clutter your home which will help bring in some positive energy as well. Check out these beautiful command centers from our fellow bloggers:
This one was crafted by Matt and Emily from At Home with the Kirchners.
The elements they incorporated into their command center was:
1. A magnetic surface to hang pictures and memos
2. A chalkboard menu board to help decide the meals for specific days of the week
3. File folders for mail and other odds and ends
4. A small shelf that has key hooks to delete those dreadful stressful mornings when you can’t find your keys
Some command centers don’t have to be elaborate to get the job done. This one from The 36th Avenue by Desiree is a simple chalkboard framed and has cubbies for knick-knacks and hooks for the essentials. This is much better for those of us who may not have a ton of wall space to play with or in a rental.
Use #2: Chalkboard Wine Glasses
Have you ever been to an actual dinner party where they use real glassware and you set down your cup to give someone a quick hug or to use the restroom…and you come back and BAM your glass becomes apart of the “Lost Glass Club“?! Well, there is a chalkboard solution for that-chalkboard glasses!
You basically can either buy chalkboard paint or make your own and follow the below steps to create this trendy glassware:
1. Find a container large enough to dump your homemade chalkboard paint or store-bought chalkboard paint
2. Purchase glasses or use glasses you currently have and dip them straight down into the mixture to the length of the stem you want covered as seen in the picture to the left.
3. When you pull the glass out of the mixture tilt to the side in order to get the remaining chalkboard paint off the bottom of the glass
4. Sit the glass on the rim and allow the chalkboard paint to set up and adhere to the glassware
Viola! chalkboard glassware for your next dinner party! I have not had the chance to create these yet, but the lovely bloggers at DIY Cozy Home did. Check out their blog for more information and tips for drying.
Use #3: Chalkboard Herb Tins
I love the smells and positivity that fresh herbs and plants bring into my home and utilizing chalk into that mix takes it to a whole other level! These tins are super decorative for one’s home or apartment and adds freshness to the space. I think the best part about these is that no two tins will end up the same because we all have different styles and views which means this craft is truly a DIY.
Amy at Homey oh My! crafted these beautiful tins to the left. Her steps on her blog and simple and very easily adaptable to all styles and plants. Here is a brief overview of what she did:
1. You can reuse some old can tins if you have them or buy some during the back to school sale
2. She spray paints them copper, but they can be painted to any color you like (Oh Joy!)
3. she cuts out the chalkboard plaques from a piece of wood, but the pre-made ones can be bought at most local craft stores in many different shapes ad sizes
4. She then paints her plaques with chalkboard paint and allows them time to set
5. She uses twine to secure them to her painted tins and plants her plants!
These are beautiful and ad just the amount of chalk to your home or patio.
Use #4: Chalkboard Filing Cabinet for your Home Office
I love sticky notes, but I hate that they lose their sticky power and then float away into “Lost Land”. The solution is why not refurbish your old, clunky, metal filing cabinet into a beautiful chalkboard where your notes can live.
Kathy, at Decorating Your Small Space, did just that. This cabinet is now stylish, but an easy makeover for any room and could be adapted to various pieces of furniture.
All these crafts are fun and simple. How do you bring chalkboard and creativity into your home?