fresh without the chalk

Maybe due to the fact that writing on chalkboards makes my skin crawl, I’ve always had a thing for whiteboards. I think it’s the way the marker glides, easily able to wipe off a mistake or add on a brilliant idea. A whiteboard screams fresh, smart and one-of-kind. And who could forget the UPS commercials with this knowledgeable sales guy?

Hugely popular in the late ’80’s and early 90’s, whiteboards were seen everywhere from classrooms to boardrooms.  I thought they must have jumped the shark when the late Tim Russert used one as a memorable tool during the political madness in the 2000 Presidential election.  But they’ve never left my heart.

When we moved into our current home a few years ago I knew a whiteboard was a must for our family. Between displaying art and an ever-changing seasonal “to do” list, the whiteboard acts as keeper of all that is current. And although our sitters have cell phones with our numbers these days, it’s a great spot to keep Emergency info. Knowing it would be displayed in a prominent spot in our pantry, we decided to frame our whiteboard to keep it feeling a little less boardroom-like.

However, I cannot take all the credit. My love of the whiteboard continued when first seeing one used in Nick’s childhood home. My mother-in-law is the queen of whiteboards. She writes everything from poems to recipes, reminders of an art crawl to a book title. I love that it’s Sally’s handwriting and it’s constantly changing. Thanks for the inspiration, Sal.

One of the most unique uses I’ve noticed these days is this white board with potential baby names. You can’t get any more fresh that that!


Now-a-days, whiteboards can be used throughout the entire house, from the kitchen countertops to kids walls.  Idea Paint is a fantastic resource. They’ve even gotten back into the classroom which I love.




So don’t stop the written communication and ideas floating. What a simple way to include your writing as a part of everyday living.

2 thoughts on “ fresh without the chalk

  1. Cheryl Hauser

    I laughed out loud this early a.m. Some of the out takes are hysterical….especially the middle one on the first line. Cheryl


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