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Get Crafty with Chalkboard Paint!

Why Do This?

Chalkboard paint is an easy way to make your home décor more exciting. A few swipes of paint can personalize a so-so picture frame, organize your spices and even turn a boring wall into an artistic masterpiece. Plus, you have color-freedom! Do you prefer black or does teal tickle your fancy? The choice is yours!

Difficulty:
Time: 30 minutes

What You'll Need

  • primer
  • paint
  • unsanded tile grout
  • (2) foam paint rollers

How To:

  1. 1

    Repair any damages before you start your project. Be sure your wall or surface is completely clean and free of holes or nails. A “surface” could be pretty much anything when it comes to chalkboard paint so use your imagination! Check out these unique chalkboard paint ideas to get the idea-train moving.

  2. 2

    Use a primer. Be sure that your primer edges are neat – messy edges make painting more difficult. Allow your primer to fully dry before painting. Tip: When you think it’s dry, wait another hour.

  3. 3

    Mix your paint in a large bowl. The recipe is: 1 cup of paint + 2 tbsp. unsanded grout. Mix small batches of paint, even if you’re working on a large project. Stir the thick paint often because it dries quickly.

  4. 4

    Add several coats of chalkboard paint. For the smoothest finish, let each coat fully dry before painting the next layer. A good rule of thumb is to wait two hours between each coat. Patience is a virtue when it comes to this craft project!

  5. 5

    You’re ready to chalk it up! Now that your chalkboard is ready, it’s time to decorate. We recommend using lightweight art chalk rather than the dense, school-yard type. We found this set on Amazon for $8.75. You can also find one at your local arts supply store. The lightweight chalk makes more dust, but it’s also easier to erase. Your chalkboard will last longer and look nicer.

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