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Twelve Creative Uses for Chalkboard Paint in Your Home - Page 2

—by Amy Mannila

In the Playroom: Allow kids to create their own backdrops for home dramatic productions in the playroom by painting one wall in chalkboard paint. Suspend a curtain from the ceiling several feet in front of the backdrop wall to complete the effect. Lights, camera, action!

Another great place to apply chalkboard paint in the playroom is on the writing surface of a desk or table. Younger children can use the desk or table to practice writing letters and numbers, while older children can create their own original board games, play tic-tac-toe, or practice signing their autographs in preparation for future fame.

Chalkboard paint is also a great tool for organizing play areas. Plastic or wooden storage bins painted with chalkboard paint can be labeled with chalk words (or pictures) describing the contents so that children will return small toys and blocks to their correct containers.

If you have a basement with a cement floor that is not prone to excess moisture, consider painting a small area with chalkboard paint for kids to use for hopscotch or chalk drawings.

In the Guest Room: Paint the center of an ornate wooden tray with chalkboard paint and use pretty ribbon or a narrow strip of fabric to hang it on the wall by looping the ribbon or fabric through the trays handles. Welcome guests with a personalized message, or leave a standard, welcoming message on it. Ideas include Make Yourself at Home, Mi Casa es Su Casa, Joie De Vivre, Sweet Dreams, or just Welcome Friends.

In the Bathroom: Paint a small piece of foam core board with two coats of chalkboard paint and frame it in a 5x7 photo frame with the glass removed. Use this tiny chalkboard to write a changeable, one-word message for yourself. You may choose a single calming word such as Faith, Mindfulness, or Breathe, or use the space to enrich your vocabulary by choosing a new word from an online or paper dictionary each day or each week.

For a minimal investment of time and money, chalkboard paint allows you to personalize your home and belongings, decorate with powerfulor funnywords, and change your mind and decordaily!


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Amy Mannila is an interior decorator and writer living in Cary, NC. You may visit her company Red Chair Home Interiors at www.redchairhomeinteriors.com.



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