Homemade Chalkboard Paint

Get Your Chalk On! ............ 

Or get yourself organized.  :)  I can't do anything without my lists.  I recently joined the ranks of the electronically enlightened and got an iPhone.  I felt so "important" using my phone the other day while out shopping, clicking backwards to remove purchased grocery items off my list.  Now, instead of worrying about losing my paper list, I have to worry about losing my phone.  Ack!  

But my still favorite way of making a list and checking it off, is my chalkboards.  So useful for "notes to the family", "notes to SElf", "remembrance notes".  This is the board in my kitchen.  It's the first thing you see when you enter.  Very useful for letting others know your birthday is approaching soon :) (hint hint)  :)

 This antique worn gold ornate frame pictured above is huge and right now rest against the wall in my dining room.  I kind of like it just as it is, giving the room some architectural interest, but my intention is to use it as a frame for a very large chalkboard (or maybe headboard)

 This very utilitarian chalkboard is on the wall next to my computer desk.  It reminds me of what I want to accomplish each week in my studio and serves as a blog reminder too.  

 Chalkboards don't have to be in frames, not with the fabulous paints on the market now.  My son's wedding party was celebrated here at home, lakeside, and I used this vintage wash stand and tin bucket as the raw bar.  Using chalk to designate the area, it was a huge hit.

 I use a smaller chalkboard at dinner parties to announce what the menu is or what is on the dessert bar.  This board is housed in an ornate, painted white, antique frame.  It's fun!

Chalkboards are entertaining to use at celebrations too.  This one was at our outside wedding celebration also and was a unique way to point our guests in the right direction.

 Chalkboard paint is an inexpensive, easy and creative way to create some style while adding personalization and organization in your home.  Green and black are the standard colors, but why limit yourself to that.  You can make a custom color of your own.  Imagine a pink or purple chalkboard wall in a little girl's room, where she can draw flowers and numbers to her heart's content.  

  • 1 cup of paint in a container - color and type of your choice
  • Add 2 Tablespoons non-sanded tile grout (available at any home improvement store)
  • Mix well to remove lumps   
that's It.....easy peasy
Keep the batch small and stir often as it dries quickly.  It's good to use a primer for most projects.   For a nice  even coating, use "smooth finish" rollers.  Clean and dry and make any repairs (if needed) to the piece you will be painting.  If using primer, make sure your piece is very dry, and then mix your chalkboard paint.  Work in small sections. Paint several coats and let dry between coats.  Let dry at least 24 hours after final coat.  To condition your board, using a piece of chalk sideways, rub entire board.   Wipe clean with a barely damp sponge and dry.
Paint the top of a table 
Paint the  back of kitchen chairs to personalize with family names
Paint old silver trays as menu boards for the kitchen
(I did this for gifts this past year)
Paint a door for a family message center
Paint tins to identify dog food, snacks, etc.
Springs coming --- Paint plant markers
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Donna Wilkes said...

I had just finished a chalkboard post and was wondering whether or not to publish it since so many projects have been seen. However, I decided to go ahead and what to my wondering eyes appeared? A post from you on chalkboards! Thanks for the recipe. I am envying that ornate frame!

Tete said...

LOVE THIS! I might even have to try it. SO, I can use any kind of paint? Any color? I have to think about this.

Pam Kessler said...

Thanks for the recipe, because I had no idea you could make it yourself. I guess I thought it was magic that you could write on it and erase it so easily! I adore that 1st frame. Green, chippy and chunky!

Olive said...

Lovely ideas for chalk boards. I have lots of empty frames but zero wall space:]

Anne said...

Great recipe Lynn! I have made my own too.I still like the ASP colors.But in a pinch this is great too!You have some great chalk board inspiration!

Nancy Carr said...

Great idea. Please enter me in the giveaway. Thank you.

Betsy Brock said...

Well, that sounds easy enough! Thanks for the recipe!

Candy said...

I love doing the chalkboards. Thanks for sharing these. Now I want to do MORE. 8-)

The Polka Dot Closet said...

I have never heard of making my own chalkboard paint, you are a genius!


Sueann said...

What a nifty trick. I will have to try this recipe!!

PS. I have painted my folding doors in kitchen which hides the laundry room. It is now our main message center. Love my chalkboard!!

All About Vignettes said...

I have to try this. I love the idea that chalkboard doesn't have to be green or black. BTW, have a great birthday.

Pendra said...

Love chalkboards! I have a few antique frames I've collected, a lovely silver tray, a wall in my kitchen (and I mean the WALL), a can of chalkboard spray, plaster of paris and sandless grout... I'm ready for chalkboards in all media's, sizes and shapes! BIG dreams and little time!
Have a wonderful Birthday!

SewSweetVIntage said...

Chalk board lover here!! Yours are super cool. Pinned. New follower and like on your Facebook. Follow and like me too:)

Unknown said...

Happy Belated Birthday Lynn! Sorry I'm late..seems like I'm always late..guess that goes along with having way too many Birthdays! Hope you had a great day and ate lots of cake..

Betsy said...

Thank you for the recipe.. I will probably choose a red color for this.

The Charm of Home said...

Good to know! Thanks for sharing! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Lynn, I love all your chalkboards and have plans to make another one myself. I'll give your paint recipe a try. I hope you had a very happy birthday!
xx, Sherry

Anonymous said...

Beautiful post! I was looking for something like this. Black computer desks

Unknown said...

Wow! This blackboard idea would be very helpful with my sister's diner's business. Were currently brainstorming ideas that would be helpful for her business. And I think, I just got a good idea that would definitely match up with the theme she's eyeing for. This is just the perfect menu list!

Thank You,
Chloe Horton

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