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A New Use for Chalkboard Paint: Toolshed Makeover, Garden Edition

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A New Use for Chalkboard Paint: Toolshed Makeover, Garden Edition

March 26, 2018

Chalkboard paint is a workhorse of the modern household, with a few obvious uses you may have seen on Pinterest: It’s ideal in the kitchen to keep track of the grocery list, it’s useful to paint on jar lids to identify what’s inside, and it’s a no-brainer in children’s rooms, where the kids can actually draw on the walls. But Gardenista editor Michelle Slatalla thought of a new use we hadn’t seen: She painted the interior of her garden shed with chalkboard paint and used a white chalk marker to create outlines of her garden tools so she’d remember where they go after a long day of work in the garden.

Photography by Leslie Santarina for Remodelista.

 Michelle created her tiny, -inch-deep garden shed by co-opting space from her garage behind her Mill Valley, California, home. (See Steal This Look: My Mini Garden Shed in a Garage for more.) But it was time to update the look: &#8
Above: Michelle created her tiny, 18-inch-deep garden shed by co-opting space from her garage behind her Mill Valley, California, home. (See Steal This Look: My Mini Garden Shed in a Garage for more.) But it was time to update the look: “I wanted to paint the shed a single color because a uniform backdrop makes it easier to organize all the tools and pots and accessories in a garden shed,” she says.
After painting the shed&#8
Above: After painting the shed’s interior with chalkboard paint (she used Rust-Oleum Flat Black Chalkboard Paint; $9.97 for a 30-ounce can at The Home Depot), she used a white chalk marker to outline the shape of her hanging hand tools. “The outlines help me remember where the tools belong,” she says.
A Hori Hori Knife gets put in its place. Should Michelle buy new gardening tools or decide to rearrange them, the outlines can be wiped off and redrawn.
Above: A Hori Hori Knife gets put in its place. Should Michelle buy new gardening tools or decide to rearrange them, the outlines can be wiped off and redrawn.

“I have a habit of leaving a trowel or pruners on the ground and forgetting it. But now I can see at a glance if a tool is missing from its spot on the pegboard,” said Michelle.

A corner of the shed holds a flowerpot brush, a plant mister, and a jar of eggshells. (Why the eggshells? See Gardening data-src=
Above: A corner of the shed holds a flowerpot brush, a plant mister, and a jar of eggshells. (Why the eggshells? See Gardening 101: How to Use Eggshells in the Garden for more.)
The shelf itself is now multifunctional: Michelle can use it for potting and transplanting, and she can scribble notes and plans in chalk and easily erase them later.
Above: The shelf itself is now multifunctional: Michelle can use it for potting and transplanting, and she can scribble notes and plans in chalk and easily erase them later.
After she pots this lemon balm, Michelle will know exactly where her bamboo trowel goes.
Above: After she pots this lemon balm, Michelle will know exactly where her bamboo trowel goes.
Long-handled tools like rakes and brooms hang on one side of the shed.
Above: Long-handled tools like rakes and brooms hang on one side of the shed.
Michelle stores potting soil in a lidded trash bin beneath the shelf. Its scoop hangs on the pegboard when not in use.
Above: Michelle stores potting soil in a lidded trash bin beneath the shelf. Its scoop hangs on the pegboard when not in use.
A collection of vintage glassware looks lovely against the matte black backdrop.
Above: A collection of vintage glassware looks lovely against the matte black backdrop.

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