I love using chalkboard for holidays and special occasions. When I read a tutorial last year by Martha Stewart, I had to give it a try. I started our with a very traditional one, using black. I really like the way they came out and I gave quite a few away for the holidays. I decided to change things a bit and do a different color.
Here is how you create your own chalkboard paint..
- 1/2 cup acrylic paint (I used acrylic latex oops .50 cents paint)
- 1 tablespoon non-sanded grout (about $1.50 @ homedepot for 1 lb.)
- measuring cup and spoon
- mixing container
- whisk (I find it mixes better than a spoon)
- paint brush
- platter (dollar store) or whatever you would like to make a chalkboard
- painters tape
Measure and mix your paint and grout being careful to wear a mask, the grout is a fine powder. Make sure that there aren’t any lumps, that is why I use a whisk.
Tape your tray, making sure that it is taped well. Apply paint, I prefer using a sponge brush, I think it adds a smoother finish. I almost always apply at least 2 coats, since this is metal, I applied 3 coats. 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.
I painted the lid of my mixing container (a repurposed sour cream container) with the paint I used and wrote on the lid, it just makes it easier to find next time.
I decided to be creative and add a bit of country shabby to the edges, and the finished product looks like this…
Have fun with your chalkboard and look for future posts to see what else I have made with this paint today, I just have to finish them 🙂