Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Chalkboard Paint

Since so many of you commented on it, I thought that I would make another post about it.


Part of the reasoning to paint all my interior doors black was for chalkboard paint. Both of the kids rooms have chalkboard paint on their closet doors.

One of the things that I didn't like about chalkboard paint was you had either green or black to choose from....

until now!

I found a recipe online on how to make your own chalkboard paint!

In any color you want!

Now I have to say that I have not tried out this "recipe" yet, so I can't say how well it works. Here is how you do it.

In a gallon bucket mix for every cup of acrylic latex paint add 2 tablespoons of dry, unsanded tile grout mix. You can find this at any Home Depot or Lowe's. Stir the mixture with a whisk until the paint is smooth with no lumps. Use uncolored grout mix also to keep a true color of your paint. Repeat mixing the 1 cup to 1 tablespoon ratio until you have the amount of paint desired to paint your piece. Apply the paint to your surface and let completely dry. When dry, lightly sand with a fine sandpaper to accept the chalk. After this step, rub over the entire surface with chalk. Wipe away any excess chalk with a damp cloth.

Like I said, I have not tried this since I bought a gallon of black chalkboard paint for 3 sets of doors.

Could you imagine the possibilities of making chalkboard paint in your own color though?!


Lindsey said...

That's so cool! I may have to try that out as I am a huge fan of chalkboard paint, too :) I thought I had heard that you can buy colored chalkboard paint too...? Now I don't know!

Julie Johnson said...

So awesome!! I have chalkboard paint in a few places, and chalkboards in nearly every room. The possibilities with this revelation are endless!!

Jacqueline said...

Oh God, Maggie,
You're now making your own chalkboard paint !!!! Is there anything that you DONT do ? I bet you can weld and fix cars, can't you? I'm hopeless next to you.
I love coming over to The White Farmhouse, just to see what you are going to get up to next....I'm also a little scared !! haha. XXXX

Jeanette said...

What a great idea! My husband is in love with chalkboard paint also.

KMfamily ;-) said...

Oh , I see rainbows & crazy designs.
So cool how you know that recipe.
Even cooler that you shared - thanks!

Tracey said...

I ran out of chalkboard paint and now I am having a hard time finding it in a non spray paint form (I checked Hobby Lobby and Michaels), maybe I need to hit Home Depot...or try this recipe!! Thanks!

:) T

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Oh MY Maggie! Love this idea! I can use this in my kitchen to paint a small patch for notes! I just didn't want black. Maybe a soft taupe? Thanks!

~ RM said...

Hey there! Just found your blog through Cottage Instincts- Had a few questions on your painted countertops (kind of primer/paint you used, techniques and tricks) Can you email me?
Oh, How I would love to transform our kitchen countertops and was going to go with Rustoleum, but I love the shiny look of yours and Rustoleum only offers a matte finish~
Any info at all is greatly appreciated!!


Londen @ Sixty-Fifth Avenue said...

Great post, I would love to try a different color chalkboard! Thank you.

Proper Prim said...

Thanks so much for posting that recipe... I use chalkboard paint alot... but at 25.00 a quart (in Canada) I am very selective what I use it on... if this works there will be nothing sacred.

I will have to try this... I am going to pick up some grout at lunchtime... I will keep you posted.

Hugs, Deb