On Friday, I talked about my messy bedroom which happened to feature my handmade "sweet dreams" chalkboard above the bed. The creation of that chalkboard was perhaps the closest I ever came to Martha Stewart levels of craft— a proud moment never attempted again.

My love of chalkboard paint does not end there. One of the smartest things I ever did was paint the back of our front door with the stuff. We use the top for grocery lists and the bottom as a creative space for Mazzy (see above). As an added bonus, our front door is metal so she hangs magnets there too.

We also recently implemented a very complicated milk chart on the door (in an effort to curb Mazzy's lactose addiction) which is working wonders…


And… to further prove my devotion to chalkboard paint, I used it as a backdrop for a photo wall in our kitchen. Although, I like the look so much, nobody is allowed to draw on it.


(Actually, the creation of the photo wall was a pretty Martha Stewart-esque moment too. Both moments happened before Mazzy was born, of course.)

Chalkboard paint happens to be the perfect solution for parents who live in a small space and don't want to relinquish what little square footage they have left to an easel or a craft table. There are so many creative ways you can use it, I made a whole slide show over on Babble's Toddler Times.

From what I hear, the post has already inspired two readers. One is repainting over a baseball themed toy chest and the other is painting the unused wall beneath her kitchen counter.

Check out 20 Awesome Home Decor Ideas Using Chalkboard Paint, and let me know if it inspires any ideas of your own.