What is Chalkboard Paint?
Chalkboard paint is the greatest thing since sliced bread. It can be used to turn a wall into a chalkboard. If you have children, you can use chalkboard paint to make the kid's room childproof. You can turn a wall into a message board, a calendar or a recipe board. Adults find many uses for a chalkboard wall in their home. Chalkboard paint is a paint that you can write on with chalk. You can roll it directly onto drywall to create a wall that can be written on with chalk and wiped clean, just like a chalkboard. If you are making your own DIY chalkboard wall be sure to use a fine foam roller to roll the chalkboard paint onto the wall so that it’s smooth for writing on. Let the paint dry completely before you “prime” the chalkboard wall by rubbing chalk over the chalkboard wall and then wiping it away with a moist sponge. This helps future artwork wipe off easily.
Your board can be whatever size you desire and placed wherever you like. Store-bought chalkboard paint comes in traditional green and black. But you can follow our DIY recipe to mix your own chalkboard paint in any shade. By making your own chalkboard wall from chalkboard paint you'll have new places to track appointments, keep recipes and leave messages. Children can draw or doodle then erase after they've finished, which will make parents happy.
We have given materials and directions so you can make your very own DIY chalkboard paint.
Materials: mixing container, unsanded tile grout, paint stirrer, roller or sponge paintbrush, 150-grit sandpaper.
Directions: Start with flat-finish latex paint in your choice of shade. For small areas, such as a door panel, mix 1 cup at a time. Pour 1 cup of paint into a container. Add 2 tablespoons of unsanded tile grout. Mix with paint stirrer. Apply paint with a roller or sponge paintbrush to a primed surface – go over several times to ensure even coverage. Smooth area with the sandpaper.