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How To Make Chalkboard Paint

When I think of chalkboards I think of black dusty school blackboards but thanks to the wonderful online world you can now make chalkboards any colour you like using a few ingredients from your local hardware store.

I wanted to make a chalkboard calendar so I went to the local demolition yard and picked up an old window frame for $10 and knocked out the broken glass.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 3mm MDF board from hardware store, cut to size required
  • Un sanded tile grout from hardware store
  • Acrylic paint
  • Fine grit sand paper
  • Paint roller
  • Paint brush
  • Something to mix paint mixture with
  • Cup, little container

What to do:

  • Use 1/2 cup of paint to 1 tablespoon of unsanded tile grout
  • Put 1 tablespoon of unsanded tile grout into a container, add a tablespoon of water or maybe a few drops more and mix until it is the consistency of thick glue
  • Add 1⁄2 cup of desired paint and stir until mixture is incorporated well getting rid of any lumps
  • Apply paint with a roller or a craft sponge brush to a primed surface
  • Make sure it is all covered and allow to dry
  • Apply a second coat if needed
  • Smooth area with fine grits and paper and wipe off dust
  • Rub the side of a piece of chalk over entire surface to condition and then wipe away chalk residue with a lightly damp sponge
  • Attach to required surface using glue or if you prefer to make it detachable use duct or cloth tape (in case you would like to re paint surface again later on)

Easy, now you can transform almost anything you like into a chalkboard.

I made an old frame into a chalkboard and use it as my market specials board. Again, a sheet of 3mm MDF board cut to size, primed and painted with chalkboard paint.

Other ideas for chalkboard paint are:

  • Paint the lids of old jam jars and use as labels for your pantry ingredients
  • Paint the inside of your pantry door and use it as an ongoing shopping list. Use your phone to take a photo of the list before you go shopping (saves re writing it!)
  • Paint a square in the kids room or play area for the kids to get creative (use masking tape to block out area to be painted)
  • Paint the top of the kids craft table
  • Paint a small rectangle on jars or bottles and use as labels (use masking tape to block out area to be painted)
  • Paint herb pots and label your herbs
  • Make air dry clay circle tags, paint with chalkboard paint, add twine and use as wine glass tags or drink tags at parties
  • Paint an old tray and use it as a menu list on the food table at your next party

Using a little imagination, chalkboard paint can be used nearly anywhere.

If you don’t want to make your own, you can of course buy pre made black chalkboard paint or chalkboard spray.

Chalkboard spray can even be used to coat a sheet of labels that can be transformed into chalkboard labels.

We’d love to hear any chalkboard crafts that you have made or want to attempt.





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