Most of us remember chalkboards from our school days, though many have now been replaced by white boards or high-tech, interactive “smart boards.” Chalkboards are still used in some educational settings. They are also used as a stylized writing platform such as in restaurants. Chalkboards are made from different types of materials, including porcelain enamel.

Chalkboards have their origin in the early 19th century. The hornbook, a strip of wood with a fastened piece of paper, was the forerunner of the chalkboard. The hornbook used to be worn about the neck with a piece of string tied through a hole on the board. The reading board replaced the hornbook later.

The modern chalkboard was first patented in 1823, developed by Samuel Reed Hall, a leading educator during his time. The early chalkboards were made from pine and painted black. Chalkboards were also made by spreading the classroom wall with a combination of plaster of Paris, lime, and lampblack.

Instant Chalkboard in the Kitchen

You can create an instant chalkboard in your kitchen using vinyl rolls from Appliance Art. You can stick the instant chalkboard to your kitchen walls or use it to wrap your kitchen appliances. It can be used for to-do lists, the daily dinner menu, or for leaving notes for each other.

The material comes in rolls, sheets, calendars, maps, frames, or shapes of countries, animals, or a city skyline. The chalkboard vinyl comes with installation instructions, a free squeegee for easy installation, chalk, and links to online videos. The chalkboard surface is made from environmentally friendly materials. It is removable and reusable.