Chalk it up to good style

(NC)—Everyone’s life needs a bit of organization – so why not do it with a bit of fun and whimsy? For a new way to get organized, think charming, unique. Think chalkboard paint. That’s right, the Krylon paint company tells us that the old-school chalkboard is making a stylish come back. Take a look at their creative tips to make your home organized, stylish and enjoyable:

Definable Drawers

Is your home being over-run with clutter? The best way to overcome clutter – and keep it tidy – is to ensure everything has its place. Labeling is a great way to stay organized and alert family members to where items are – and where to put them away. Using stickers and markers for identification can sometimes look plain and boring – and are more permanent. Luckily, there is another way to label… chalkboard paint.

Drawers are ideal for storage and come in a variety of sizes to store anything from toys to jewelry. Plus, you can find great deals on old sets at yard sales or thrift stores. To start, simply clean and paint your drawers in a colour that coordinates with your room’s décor. Once the paint is dry, create a border around the front of each drawer with painter’s tape. Next, spray several even coats of the Krylon product called Chalkboard Spray Paint inside the taped area. When the entire project is dry, use chalk to identify the contents of each drawer. And, don’t limit yourself to white chalk. Coloured chalk can add a stylish twist to your project.

Paint The ClockTo organize your schedule – or your whole family’s – keep track of time with a fun and creative schedule clock. This unique project replaces traditional hours and minutes with your daily activities.

Start by finding a large, flat, wall-hanging clock and carefully remove the hands. Then, apply a coat of the Indoor/Outdoor charcoal black primer to cover the entire clock, making it the same even colour. Once the primer has dried, apply three coats of the Chalkboard Spray Paint. Finally, when the clock is fully dry, re-attach the clock hands and finish by designating certain hours for your daily tasks. This project is especially ideal for young children who don’t yet know how to tell time; simply use drawings to help them know when it is time for their activities and you’ll avoid the everyday question of “is it time to__ yet?”

Labels for Entertaining Tables

When entertaining guests, you want them to feel welcome and at home – and adding personal messages or labels can be the solution to put your party over the top. Chalkboard paint can be the perfect addition to many of your go-to entertainment pieces. Spray the base of your wine glasses and label with guests’ names to keep track of drinks. Spray the fronts of buckets, bowls or canisters to call out their contents. Spray a large platter or board to create a welcome sign or menu for your guests. The ideas are endless. And, for an extra decorative touch, use Krylon Leafing Pens to create whimsical designs around your creations.

Soon, your home will feel more organized and stylish with these easy and delightful craft ideas. And the best thing about the chalkboard finish, is that you can constantly change it up. Simply erase and write something new.

More information is available online at www.krylon.ca.

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Written by Canadian Home Trends

Canadian Home Trends

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