Yes you can. Chalkboard paint is ridiculously easy to make. The great thing about making it yourself is the array of colours you can make it in! Do a small project like a message board or go big and turn your kids play room into one big chalkboard! Ohhhhh… all the kids from the neighbourhood would surely be over if that were the case! Follow along for the recipe and some tips!
1 Cup of latex house paint or acrylic craft paint
1 TBSP of non-sanded tile grout
Mix together until there are no lumps.
Yes. That’s it.
Paint your surface with the mixture. I advise using a small roller for a smoother finish. A brush will give you some textured ridges when it dries (I used a brush).
Let it dry completely.
Get some chalk. ‘Sidewalk’ chalk has great, vibrant colours. I wish I’d had some for the pics!
Draw! Yep. That easy.
And just in case you were wondering… clean up is no problem. I used a damp cloth and that was it.
I popped my chalkboard into an old frame I had. If you do a small project like I did, you could even paint the reverse side of the board in a different colour for days you want a change. I’m thinking…. sunny yellow for mine
If you find the chalkboard surface is too rough once dried, sand the surface lightly with a fine grit sand paper, then, using the side of a piece of chalk, rub it across the entire surface of the board. Wipe off the chalk afterwards. This can help give you a smoother surface.
Plaster of Paris Method
Hey all. Here is an update! Here is another method for chalkpaint which is also very successful and especially helpful for refinishing furniture, using Plaster of Paris.
1 part plaster of paris
1 part hot water
2 parts flat latex paint
Combine hot water and plaster of paris mixing well, then add to paint until well combined. Paint as desired. You may find more coats are needed with this mixture. If using for furniture, finish with a rub on wax paste.