Transform that boring wall!

Decorator Shelley Herod from Designing Women provides this creative idea.

Schools have been using chalkboards for years.  With a little specialty paint, creativity and patience, you can transform a boring plain wall into a versatile workspace.

For decades teachers have been using chalkboards to educate and explain to their students.  However, over the last few years chalkboards are seen more frequently in a decorating sense.  They are available a variety of sizes as well as surrounded in decorative frames. Restaurants and coffee bars began the rage by using them as a chic and stylish addition to display their menus.  Homeowners borrowed this idea, and they are now seen in many kitchens, playrooms, home offices, and children’s bedrooms.

Chalkboards are a wonderful place to display family schedules and grocery needs, and what a magnificent place for little ones to share their creativity.

Recently, paint companies have followed this trend and developed chalkboard paint.  It can be used on most surfaces such as metal, wood, drywall, plaster, glass, concrete and other facades.  Where would a chalkboard be most effective in your home?  This process is as simple as rolling on a few coats of specialty paint to make it resilient enough to withstand frequent use.  If you want to get more creative, add a few coats of magnetic paint, so you can remove the photos and artwork off the refrigerator.

This do it yourself project not only saves money, but it allows you to customize the size and shape to fit your needs.


Shelley Herod is the owner and designer for Designing Women, LLC from Woodstock, Georgia. She has been a local designer for the past 20 years. She graduated from Butler University  with a degree in merchandising and design. Shelley is a certified home stager and recently was selected by Executive Who’s Who. She is the veteran interior designer to the Junior Service League of Woodstock Christmas Home Tour, where she has been active for the past 10 years. She also works with wedding and special event venues as design coordinator to make dreams become reality. Designing Women is an active member of the The Atlanta Bridal Connection. Shelley can be reached at (770) 235-5640 or on her Facebook page: Designing Women