Chalkboard Paint

Have an unused wall or side of a cupboard in your kitchen? Try a little chalkboard paint for added interest, usefulness, and fun.

Our toddler particularly likes her new creative play area on the other side of our fridge. We hung a small shower caddy with some 3M hooks to serve as chalk storage and a handy place to keep a towel for wiping it all down.


  • If you want it to be magnetic, too, that’s a separate paint that needs to be applied first. Don’t be stingy with it either, or it won’t be strong enough to hold up most magnets. As a matter of fact, I’d recommend using one more coat than what the directions indicate.
  • Both the magnetic and chalkboard paint go on rather goopy, so use a foam roller to help keep it as smooth as possible.
  • I bought a Melissa & Doug eraser to use with it, and it just smears the chalk around. Save yourself the money and use a damp cloth to wipe it clean.
  • If you have stains, worn spots, or water damage on your cupboards, this can be a clever way to hide them.
  • Consider painting the inner inserts on your cupboard doors, either on the bottom cupboards for pint-sized Picassos or the top cupboards for list-making, note-taking parents (guilty, as charged).

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