Chalkboard & Magnetic Paints

Posted on 12 Jan, 2011

Paint that actually encourages you to write on it? Primer that magnetizes your wall? Both sound too good to be true and a little like science fiction. Part of the fun of interior design is discovering new and creative products. And I was very excited when I first discovered chalkboard paint and magnetic primer.  They open up so many new options in interior design.

Chalkboard paint allows you to make a chalkboard out of any wall and almost any surface in your home. It’s applied like regular paint and can be used on metal, wood, plaster, glass and concrete. It’s erasable, washable and every kid’s dream! It’s also great for busy families trying to keep track of each other. Just paint, buy some chalk and an eraser, and write each other notes as you come and go. A laundry room wall makes a great message center.

Magnetic primer is another fantastic innovation. It usually comes as a dark gray or black base coat and allows you to create a magnetic surface just about anywhere you want. It’s applied like paint and once dry, can be painted over with the color of your choice. Voila! Instant magnetic board. Hang your child’s artwork, photographs or family notes right on the wall. However, magnetic primer isn’t quite as strong as typical magnetic boards. For best results, apply 2 to 3 coats of the primer and limit yourself  to 2 topcoats of latex paint. Lightweight magnets also work best.

Want to double the fun and function of a wall? Use both magnetic and chalkboard paint. Simply paint the surface with magnetic primer and once dry, use chalkboard paint as the topcoat. Now you have the ultimate message and art center.

Magnetic and chalkboard paints are made by a variety of manufacturers, but here are some ideas from Benjamin Moore using their Studio Finishes Chalkboard Paint to inspire you. Don’t care for basic black? Hudson paint offers 24 different colors of chalkboard paint at

A stylish calendar and office.

The ultimate playroom wall.

A family message center.

A tabletop canvas.

3 Responses to “Chalkboard & Magnetic Paints”

  1. olivia meel 14 August 2011 at 7:00 pm #

    I read your blog and it totally inspired me to do a makeover with my kitchen, and mud room. I don’t have any kids, but I know if I did, there rooms would 100% have it as well. I had bought a basic black color chalkboard for my mud room, and then wondered if some company made a color paint before I did my kitchen. I looked around and found and was extremely thrilled. I went back to your site, and saw you already listed that website! Anyway, thanks for the help because I now have an entire wall of my kitchen decorated for grocery lists, planning on a “calendar”, and more!

  2. Barbara 14 August 2011 at 10:37 pm #

    Hi Olivia: I am thrilled that my blog was a source of inspiration for you. Please send me some pictures, I would love to see what you did. You never know, they may wind up in one of my blogs!

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