Create a place for notes or reminders by painting a section of your art board with chalkboard paint.
Using painters tape, cover the edges of the board. Then, use a yardstick and pencil to draw a line where the lower boundary of your chalkboard should be—ours was about 12” down, but you can make yours larger or smaller, depending on your needs—and tape along the line. Paint the area, following the instructions on the can regarding dry times and number of coats needed. You’re not limited to traditional black. Hudson Paint, for example, offers chalkboard paint in a range of colors, from tangerine to hot pink. We chose Rustoleum’s classic “School House Green.”
Once the paint is dry, run tape along the bottom edge of the chalkboard area and paint the rest of the board in the color of your choice (We used a tester bottle of Martha Stewart Living’s “Cornbread.”) Hint: to prevent paint from bleeding under the tape, start your roller or brush on the tape and paint downward, away from the tape.