Friday, September 16, 2011

Make Your Own Chalkboard Paint - in ANY Color!

This is something I've been wanting to do for a while now, since seeing some really cute flower pots like these (eek! How cute!).

And since a lovely birthday dinner for my other half, I saw an entire ceiling in chalkboard paint at the Mama Shelter restaurant (in Paris) which was periodically cleaned and redone (I can't imagine drawing upside-own!)

So I wanted to jump on the bandwagon because it seems fun and the results are always so cute! Not to mention, if you make the paint yourself you can make it in any color you want, not just green or black. The options are endless! 

So here is a basic recipe and instructions for making your own chalkboard paint and whipping up some extra special crafts.


3 teaspoons acrylic or latex paint
1 1/2 teaspoons water-based glazing medium
1/2 teaspoon non-sanded powder tile grout

Mix your ingredients up well. You'll notice that you'll have some clumps in your paint, but don't worry -  these will likely "melt" into the paint or can be sanded, if necessary.


Use a regular paint brush and paint the surface of your choice. Make sure each coat is completely dry before applying another one (you can store your paint in the fridge to keep it usable for a day). When finished and the last coat is dry, you're all set to go! Make sure you use regular chalk (the sticks), they work the best and wipe off using an eraser or a damp cloth.


Have a look at these photos below for some inspiration and feel free to comment with your tips, questions, ideas, or results! (Are you so pleased that you want to start selling them on handmade marketplaces like Etsy? Here's a how-to guide!)

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