Tuesday, May 28, 2013

DIY: Make your own chalkboard paint in ANY color!!

Chalk Board Paint is SO expensive!!! SO happy for Martha Stewart whose tutorial you can read here. She recommends that you use latex paint, but we tried it out with acrylic paints with much success. Here's how you too can create your own chalkboard paint...
 Supplies: 1/2 cup acrylic paint (choose any color you like, or mix colors together to make the perfect shade!), 1 tablespoon unsanded grout (this can be purchased at most hardware/home improvement stores, we got ours at Home Depot), mixing cup or bowl, spoon, paint brush and an object or board you plan to paint on.
 1. Measure out your paint and grout. The unsanded grout is a fine powder so be sure to work in a well ventilated area.
2. Stir the grout into the paint until no lumps remain. 3. Paint your surface with your new custom chalkboard paint! The paint will begin to harden once it is mixed, so only mix what you need at one time as it won't store as well as other paints.
 
 
Once your chalkboard has fully dried be sure to slate the surface before using it for the first time. To slate a chalkboard lightly rub chalk along the surface and then lightly rub it off.
 

Thanks to Martha Stewart for the tutorial and "A Beautiful Mess" for sharing!!!

Stay Crafty Out There~
Bree and Jess

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2 comments:

  1. Can I use the acrylic paint if I want to do a small spot directly on the wall?

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  2. Yes! I've done it. Depending on the room, you may want to seal it with something like a water-base poly.

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