Chalkboard paint isn’t just for kids’ rooms any more.
Last week we showed a wallpaper-illusion console sink bathroom (scroll down one post) with chalkboard-painted walls and handmade chalk designs. Blackboard paint also can add dramatic contrast to a conventional black-and-white kitchen and lets you transform the write-on wall into one that’s purely practical or decorative. Plus it’s quick and easy to erase and change, or embellish with pictures or clocks.
Painting a black accent wall also can help make a narrow room appear wider since the dark color makes the wall visually advance.
But the chalk paint craze also has created a wide variety of options and new boutique brands. Magnamagic claims their paint can match any color. This seagreen-gray is a step up the sophistication ladder and clearly would be custom. Hudson Paint offers a limited palette and small quantities. Home Depot sells Rustoleum chalkboard paint with 12 color tints. The Tilano brand offers a variety of color choices.
Then there’s the magnetic twist with Magnamagic’s primer or paint. In addition they have adhesive-backed magnetic strips that can be placed on walls to create stick-on zones like the area beneath alphabet blocks at the bottom of the board.
In my kitchen there’s a strip of wall adjacent to the land line. Right now it’s a messy catch-all space for grocery lists and phone messages. These kitchens are my inspiration for creating a board in that space which will serve for the lists and messages that I can make big enough for Mr. AM, whose vision has become limited, to easily read. Magnetic? Maybe. And while this space will be bland no longer, here’s a hint: my board will be colorful. Guess which one I’ll choose!