Thursday’s Theme: Chalkboards and Dry-Erase Boards

Dry-erase markers and chalk are not items you necessarily think of using when looking to decorate and empty wall or fill a spacious counter-top. Yet using dry-erase boards and chalkboards (along with their respective writing utensils) can create a unique and homey look to a hall table, a cabinet door, or a wall in child’s playroom. More obviously, they are functional objects that can help you stay creative. Here are some tips on getting started with your dry erase and chalky decor.

CalendarsWhite Board Calendar
This is a great place to start. While a dry-erase board is the suggested option for creating a calendar, a chalkboard works just as well. Whether you choose to design a monthly, weekly, or special events calendar (or all three!), a white board is a great medium to use. Dry-erase markers come in a variety of colors, so you can choose depending on the color scheme of the room, or choose random colors to make it look more spontaneous. At the end of the week or month, simply erase and start over.

Mom's Kitchen Memo BoardTo-Do Lists and Messages
Keep a chalkboard or dry-erase board next to a telephone, computer, or in an entryway to remind yourself and others to return a message, take off shoes, or grab some milk on the next grocery run. Incorporate shelving or a hall table around the board, to create a more welcoming and less rigid display as well as to invite people to read what is written.

MaterialsGlenwood Message Center in Red
If you want to try creating your own dry-erase board or chalkboard, rather than using a store-bought one, you have a couple of options. For a chalkboard, chalkboard paint is a fun route to take, and the paint can be found at most paint stores. This route gives you more control over where you place a chalkboard, allowing you to be more creative with this piece of decor. For a dry-erase board, dry-erase sheets can be found at most office supply stores; much like a small roll of paper, you can cut different sizes and shapes to place wherever you want in your home. Finally, if you don’t want to purchase the paint or sheets, dig out some of your old picture frames instead. Place colorful or white paper inside, and use dry-erase markers on the glass. This is a fun way to decorate kitchen counters – by writing what your family will have for dinner or a “Good Morning” message – and the marker easily erases off the glass.

Do you use dry-erase or blackboards in your home? If these or other ideas have inspired you to do so, let us know!

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