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Cover it with chalkboard paint. A dining nook is a prime spot for art you can switch out, whether it’s a menu or kids’ doodles. Just be sure the bench below is covered in a fabric that’s easy to wash — it will be challenged by chalk dust and little feet.
Professional painters suggest applying as many as five to eight thin coats of magnetic primer — and ignoring the directions on the can advising one or two coats. The more, the merrier — and more magnetic. Allow 30 minutes of drying time between layers for best results.Be warned, this is smelly stuff. Keep the area well ventilated, direct fans to blow fumes away from the project area, and when possible paint smaller projects outside. Users say the odor of the primer can last for a day or two, or several (possibly owing to individual sensitivity and ventilation), but it will go away.
These setups will also encourage your kids to spend time engaged with you in the kitchen. Even if you’re cooking dinner and they’re working on a project, you’re spending time together. Isn’t that the most important thing about a family home?
Keep the kids in mind. Minimalism meets parenthood in this clever contemporary breakfast nook. Soft cushions, bright colors and a chalkboard create a kid-friendly zone. As most parents know, this will result in dust chalk on the upholstery, so if you go this route, plan your fabrics accordingly.More: How to Love Your Kitchen More, Right Now | More kitchen guides
4. Include something for the little ones. If your household includes children, you know it can be a challenge keeping small hands busy (and out of hot pans) in the kitchen. Add a chalkboard wall, convert a low cupboard to a secret play area, or keep a bin of Play-Doh and art supplies within reach.