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Published on February 28th, 2011 | by Julie Finn


Five Ways to Upcycle Old Stuff with Chalkboard Paint

chalkboard and chalkboard paintMy girls and I are thrilled with our chalkboard globe. It was an easy project, and the chalkboard globe is gorgeous, great for homeschooling, fun for artistic drawing or doodling, and a decorative element that fits in with our interior design.

The downside? Chalkboard paint is expensive, and I still have most of that can left over.

The solution, clearly, is to create more chalkboards! Fortunately, there are loads of project and design ideas that call for the upcycling of even more useless objects with chalkboard paint, turning those items, too, into useful and beautiful new elements for work, home, and play.

Here are five project ideas to get you started:

chalkboard shoesMy girls and I all really like to custom-paint our own cheap-o canvas shoes, but the results don’t exactly go with every outfit, especially if we go a little wild with the paint (which we always do).

If your original project called for a light-colored chalkboard paint, especially, check out this tutorial from Sew Can Do, in which she upcycled her canvas shoes with chalkboard paint, resulting in a fresh canvas and a new design for every outfit or occasion.

Even dark chalkboard paint would work here, and would give your shoes more contrast, because if you’re going to spend all that effort remodeling them, then you definitely want them to be noticed!

[The image on this page is the property of Sew Can Do.]

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About the Author

I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now. Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life; my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties; and my for links to articles about poverty, educational politics, and this famous cat who lives in my neighborhood.

4 Responses to Five Ways to Upcycle Old Stuff with Chalkboard Paint

  1. Gary says:

    I like this idea! It’s fun to decorate shoes!

  2. Love this post!…I recently painted my car with chalkboard paint and went cross country in it needless to say it was awesome, and so much fun drawing on the hood.

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