Monday, September 26, 2011

Homemade Chalkboard Paint!

My kids have been bugging me about painting huge chalkboards on their walls.. I didn't really want the black chalkboards so I found this chalkboard paint recipe.. I dug out the left over paint for their rooms and voila..

I marked off a section with painters tape and put about 3 coats- drying and lightly sanding in-between coats.  I spray painted a scrap of chair railing and nailed it up for a chalk ledge.  The only difference you can see on the wall is a slight line where the paint gets thicker, otherwise, without the chalk, looks like the rest of the wall!

Homemade Custom Color Chalkboard Paint from Martha Stewart
Start with flat-finish latex paint in any shade. For small areas, such as a door panel, mix 1 cup at a time.
1. Pour 1 cup of paint into a container. Add 2 tablespoons of unsanded tile grout. Mix with a paint stirrer, carefully breaking up clumps.
2. Apply paint with a roller or a sponge paintbrush to a primed or painted surface. Work in small sections, going over the same spot several times to ensure full, even coverage. Let dry.
3. Smooth area with 150-grit sandpaper, and wipe off dust.
4. To condition: Rub the side of a piece of chalk over entire surface. Wipe away residue with a barely damp sponge.

Have fun and post your results!!  We would all love to see them..


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