Free as a Chalkboard Paint Bird

There are so many great ideas out there for using chalkboard paint, or even making your own. Almost any surface can be transformed with an even spray or steady brush. I picked up these ceramic birds for a song at a cute boutique that was clearing them out. But alas, didn’t warm up to them the way I had hoped. They were almost yard-saled, until the great idea – chalkboard paint. I imagine they will be updated according to my mood, holiday or special occasion. I think they will even be employed for parties – food signage! I have thought about painting my beehives too, but worry the Seattle rain will wash away whatever important info I log…


  • Object to transform, with maybe a smother surface. You could find all sorts of items at Goodwill, your mom’s basement or perhaps your own shelves.
  • Chalkboard paint, I like the spray kind for most products, it goes on smoother.
  • Newspaper
  • Chalk
  • Ideas!
  • Maybe: painters tape for marking lines or edging, brushes, sponges (you can see my drips/blobs that I needed to sponge off to make smooth)
  • Patience (got to let it dry!)


  • Imagine it!
  • Make it happen! Read the directions on the can but basically apply paint to clean dry surface. Let it dry between layers and then “cure” for a day or two before you starting using.

What is on my chalkboard horizon?

Play kitchen from – MUST. FIND. Little girl to make this for J

Easter Eggs! You can pick up ceramic eggs at craft stores and feed stores for cheep cheep.

Christmas Stocking Holders – might have to make these from repurposed frames. Hmmmm…

For more of my favorite chalkboard pins visit my Buttons, Chalk and Jar board). No surface is safe from chalkboard paint! Now I leave you with a lyttle Lynard Skynard love….. my muse for these birdies (sorry, Beattles)

But if I stayed here with you, girl,
Things just couldn’t be the same.
‘Cause I’m as free as a bird now,
And this bird you can not change, oh, oh, oh, oh.

(… um, except I did change it. Hee hee…)

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