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Chalkboard Effects

The chalkboard from your school days can still come in handy with projects like calendars, bulletin boards, and even table cloths. Use chalkboard effects to get organized, identify plants, and even entertain kids at the table. Adding chalkboard effects is as simple as applying a coat of paint!

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There’s always a lot going on in the kitchen -- collected recipes to try, grocery lists to write, maybe a postcard from a favorite restaurant. (The downside of many stainless steel refrigerators: Magnets don’t stick.) The panel here is a wooden art board, available at art-supplies stores; we customized it with a metal sheet to hold magnets and coated it with chalkboard paint for jotting down notes. Leather straps are used to hang it, and as a sleeve to keep a piece of chalk within easy reach.