Chalkboard boxes

I have a chalkboard in my home for boring shopping lists.  However, whenever someone comes over it ends up being scrawled over with messages of thanks, love or very rude words. Either way, chalkboards to me are very friendly-looking (do you know what I mean?) and can be fun.

Blackboard paint is a bit of a revelation to me. I really want to use it for the back of a door, a whole wall or the inside of cupboard doors. Before I go that far, I’ve decided to use it in a practical way by painting wooden storage boxes so that they can be labelled easily. Plus, I know they will end up with messages all over them and surely this is much more interesting to look at than plain, boring storage boxes.

For those of you with kids, blackboard paint has got to be a winner. Buy bigger boxes, paint them with blackboard paint and add castors and you’ve got yourself fun toy boxes.

This is how you do it:

Chalk storage boxes

I bought these untreated wooden storage boxes from eBay for £12 for three.

Chalk storage boxes

I bought chalkboard spray paint from Amazon, but you can also get it from hardware shops. You need to spray at least two coats, each coat takes twenty minutes to dry. Make sure you do it outside.

Chalk storage boxes

I’m using mine for some of my craft supplies. When I get round to it I will also line the inside with pretty paper or paint the inside with a bright colour.

Chalk storage boxes

Boring storage boxes transformed in less than an hour.





  1. Farah
    2nd March 2013 / 2:17 pm

    SO clever.I think one would look great with the word ‘TOYS’ on it.

  2. Farah
    2nd March 2013 / 2:19 pm

    OOh- one for ‘train set’ which is currently strored in a horrible cardboard box under the sofa. Another for ‘cars’ ‘books’ ‘crafts’….. ooh you’ve got the brain inspired!

  3. lino
    2nd March 2013 / 3:06 pm

    Another great idea Katy. I’m going to try that! Keep them coming!

  4. Penny
    2nd March 2013 / 6:38 pm

    Good idea

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