Add a whimsical touch to everyday household objects with chalkboard paint. Instead of forking over cash for expensive pre-mixed chalkboard paint, try making your own with this easy recipe! Feel free to play with different colors and finishes such as latex, matte and rubber-based paint.
Purchase your ingredients. You can find a roller for about $2 at your local hardware store. Make sure your roller’s package reads, “very smooth finish.” Opt for a foam paint roller instead of a brush. Even when the paint is well mixed it’s a little gritty, and foam rollers distribute the paint evenly and smoothly. Use two separate rollers for your project – one for the primer and one for the chalkboard paint.
Mix the paint. Recipe: 1 cup of paint + 2 tbsp. unsanded grout. Mix small batches of paint, even if you’re working on a large project. Stir the paint often because the thick paint dries quickly.
Be sure your wall or surface is completely clean and free of holes or nails. Repair any damages before you start your project.
Use a primer. Be sure that your primer edges are neat, because a messy primer edge makes painting more difficult. Allow your primer to fully dry before painting. Tip: When you think it’s dry, wait another hour.
Paint several coats for the optimal chalkboard paint project. Let each coat fully dry before painting the next layer for the smoothest finish. If you’re unsure if your wall is dry, a good rule of thumb is to wait two hours between painting each coat.
You’re ready to draw! Don’t buy dense school-type chalk. Instead, opt for lightweight artists chalk. You can find it at your local arts supply store. The nicer chalk will make more dust, but is easier to erase and will keep your chalkboard paint looking new.