Chalkboard paint is probably considered a "not" on a hot or not list of trends these days. It's one of those things that has been done to death and this project is no exception. But I had half a tin of leftover paint knocking about and decided to use it up making these placemats I bought on sale (previously a hideous Christmas design).
My children's classrooms have smart boards these days so apparently old skool chalkboard slates rock! The children love them and they're proving quite useful for notes, spellings and calculations at homework time. Just a light sanding and two coats did the trick. Although I will point out that good ventillation is a must - I decided to paint these in our basement (outside or in the garage is just too cold) and the paint fumes were ridiculous!