Follow this easy DIY Chalkboard Paint tutorial to learn how to turn any latex paint into custom chalkboard paint!
This post originally appeared on The Birch Cottage blog in 2007. I have updated the pictures and clarified the instructions! Come learn just how easy it is to make your very own chalkboard paint!
Chalkboard paint is all the rage these days. Actually, chalkboards have been around since the 1840’s. Although originally made out of slate, they are timeless.
Just browse any store like Hobby Lobby, Michaels, Home Goods or look online and you’re sure to see chalkboards and chalkboard painted items showing up everywhere!
DIY Chalkboard Paint
Sure, you can buy chalkboard paint. In fact, here’s my favorite store brand. But, what if you wanted a purple, mint green, gray or even navy blue chalkboard? Well, you can DIY chalkboard paint any color your heart desires!
- Flat-finish latex paint
- Mixing container
- Unsanded tile grout
- Paint stirrer
- Roller or sponge paintbrush
- 150-grit sandpaper
Tip: For best results, start with a flat-finish latex paint.
Step 1: Mix the Paint
Step 2: Apply Paint
Working in small sections at a time, apply paint with a roller or sponge paintbrush. Be sure to go over the same area a few times to ensure even coverage. LET DRY between coats.
Step 3: Lightly Sand
With 150-grit sandpaper, smooth the painted area and wipe off dust.
Step 4: Condition the Chalkboard
To prepare the surface or what’s called “conditioning the chalkboard”, rub a piece of chalk over the entire surface. Then, using a damp sponge, wipe away the residue.
DIY Chalkboard Paint Project Ideas
Just search for “chalkboard paint projects” and you’ll find so many practical uses for chalkboard paint! Here are a few of my favorite ideas:
And, if you enjoyed this DIY Chalkboard Paint project idea, you might like these other ideas shared right here on The Birch Cottage blog:
- DIY Chalkboard from a Picture Frame
- Round Wood Monogrammed Door Hanger
- Christmas Ornaments
- Give New Life to Candlesticks
Have you tried making chalkboard paint? What would you paint with chalkboard paint?