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Make your own chalkboard paint!

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Chalkboard PaintBrowsing through Martha Stewart’s website today, I discovered that you can actually make your very own chalkboard paint. Not only can you make your own chalkboard paint, but you can make it in any color you want and – maybe the best part – at a fraction of the cost! How did I not know this?! The post on the Martha Stewart site is from 2007!!! Really? Yes, really!

I am definitely going to give this a try. You can read all about the details on the Martha Stewart website here or read on for further instructions.


  • Flat-finish latex paint
  • Mixing container
  • Unsanded tile grout
  • Paint stirrer
  • Roller or sponge paintbrush
  • 150-grit sandpaper
  • Chalk
  • Sponge

Tip: For best results, start with a flat-finish latex paint.



Pour 1 cup of flat-finish latex paint into your mixing container. Add 2 tablespoons unsanded tile grout. Mix with paint stirrer, making sure to carefully break up all the clumps.

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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.

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With 150-grit sandpaper, smooth the painted area and wipe off dust.


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To prepare the surface or condition the chalkboard painted surface, rub a piece of chalk over the entire surface. Then, using a damp sponge, wipe away the residue.

Of course, you can use any flat-finish latex paint in the fabulous color of your choice. You can purchase sponge brushes online, at your local Home Depot, Lowe’s or even Wal-Mart. My Lenny’s favorite place to buy the sponge brushes is Harbor Freight.  If you give this a try, let me know how it works for you!  And, just think how much your kids will love you or think you’re super awesome if you paint a large or entire wall for them!!


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