How to Make Chalkboard Paint
With an uncomplicated method, you can make chalkboard paint in any color you like. Use chalkboard paint to color wall sections, furniture, accessories, flowerpots or just about any surface. Use chalkboard paint to turn a portion of a wall into a family message board, or create personalized flowerpots as gifts. A child's table could feature a chalkboard surface, ready for drawing and writing. Cover a wooden pallet with chalkboard paint to make a decorative sign.
Things You'll Need
- Latex paint with a flat finish
- Unsanded tile grout
- Plastic bucket
- Paint stirrer
- Paintbrush, roller or sponge
- 15- grit sandpaper
- Tack cloth
- Soft cloth
Pour 1 cup of latex paint into a plastic bucket. Add 2 tablespoons sanded tile grout.
Mix the paint and grout together with a paint stirrer. Mix additional chalkboard paint, using the same ratios if needed.
Apply the paint to the surface you want to cover using a paintbrush, roller or sponge and let the paint dry for 1 hour. Sand the paint gently with 150-grit sandpaper. Remove sandpaper residue with a tack cloth.
Apply a second coat of chalkboard paint and let it dry for 1 hour. Sand gently with 150-grit sandpaper. Remove residue with a tack cloth.
Condition the chalkboard by turning a piece of chalk sideways and rubbing it over the entire surface of the chalkboard. Make sure that you cover the entire board with the chalk. Clean the chalk off the chalkboard using a damp soft felt cloth.
- If you use a magnetic primer paint under your chalkboard paint, the finished product will be a magnetic chalkboard.