Chalk paint has been floating around internet-DIY-land for a while now, but I’ve really only seen it on mugs and other kid-friendly projects in the past. Recently though, it seems that the do-it-yourselfers are bringing chalk paint into the realm of the highly practical and seriously functional. As an organization nut myself, I love the simplicity of its matte black look, and would definitely be okay with incorporating that into my décor.
Although traditionally I correlate chalk with hopscotch and math lessons, it seems the favourite application of late is in the kitchen. Funnily enough, as my own interests in the kitchen develop past the basics of actually cooking a meal, I’m also becoming more and more aware of its presentation. Every time I visit my parents back home, I covet my mother’s beautiful serving dishes and party-hosting wares. But since I still can’t really afford nice crystal dishes myself, I’ll settle with simple elegance the DIY way. Except, it’s not really “settling” after all, because how amazing are these pretty projects?
The first time I saw chalk paint used on kitchen wares, it was on the base of a wine glass to provide an easy and reusable way to identify it as yours. I love this idea, because I’ve always kind of disliked wine glass charms, and could never remember which one was mine anyway. The second time I saw the DIY chalk paint, I was in love with it–a cheese plate!? Amazing. Who actually knows which type of cheese is which when it’s served? Well, now everyone will.
I’ve fully convinced myself that the applications of this stuff are endless. I’m thinking about using it to label my herb pots when summer rolls around, and can even see it being used for spice bottles and storage containers. Obviously I don’t want all-black decor, but as far as simplicity goes, it fully suits my constant need for further organization. And as far as longevity, it won’t clash with any décor I may decide to invest in down the road, which is a definite bonus. Have any of you guys tried this stuff? What do you think, is it useful at home, or should it stay in the classroom?
I’m not really certain of the health aspects of putting your food directly on dried chalk paint, and that’s definitely worth looking into. However one thing is definitely on my mind, and that’s what I’m going to do about my ugly handwriting once I DIY myself to party-hosting bliss. I wonder… can people can be outsourced for that? Ha.