head diy Design Fanatic: Make Your Own Chalkboard Paint

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Make Your Own Chalkboard Paint

There are some pretty awesome chalkboard paint projects around in blogland and on Pinterest. 

The colored chalkboard paint can be a little pricey, so
 I thought I'd use a few of the many paint samples I already have to make my own. I mixed up a blue paint sample with a grey paint sample that was on my shelf.

The chalkboard paint recipe is really easy... here's the recipe I found on the internet:
1 cup of flat latex paint
2 tablespoons of non-sanded grout

That's it.

My paint sample was satin, but since I don't plan to write on my table and just wanted the texture of chalkboard paint, I thought it would be ok.
You will have to thin out your paint and continue to stir it as you go along.

This little versatile table was on my list to paint. We're changing up the colors around here and almost all of the red accessories in our home are on the project list.

Here's what the table looks like after a couple of coats of chalkboard paint:

I  lightly sanded the whole thing down with 150 grit sandpaper between coats. After that, I wiped on a little burnt umber craft paint and sanded some of the edges for a distressed look.


Super simple! I encourage you to try it! 
Maybe might next chalkboard paint project will actually be something I can write on!

Would love to know if any of you  have made your own chalkboard paint.


p.s. This paint is chalkboard paint not chalk-finish paint which is something totally different


  1. Great job Pam! I love the new color and appreciate the mixture to make your own!

    Have a great day!

  2. I have seen it done before, but never have tried it. I have been lucky in the sense, I only purchased one can of CHALK paint and the rest have been gifted to me. I will say though it is worth the price, I love it. I love your project and the color is great too Pam.

  3. wow sounds so easy to make the chalkboard paint. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Thanks for sharing your paint recipe, Pam! Your accent table looks lovely in blue.

  5. Pam this is fabulous! Thanks so much for the recipe.

  6. Great recipe. I may have to give that a try. Love the table, it turned out great. Hugs, Marty

  7. Are you talking about chalk paint or chalkboard paint? They are not the same thing. I love the chalk paint and it goes a very long way and so worth the price of no extra cost for primer.
    Your stool turned our great with your recipe.

  8. That is super cool! You are so good! I have been such a bad blogger this summer. I have to go back and see your bookcases! They are fabulous!!!

  9. Pam, how smart are you! Chalkboard paint can be so expensive, so I love this idea! And the skys the limit when it comes to the color! :) Thanks for sharing this "how to."

  10. Thanks for clarifying that Pam. I was confused, probably no one else LOL.

  11. I love it Pam! Thanks for sharing this with us. I have wanted to try chalkboard paint myself but didn't want the to spend the money on something I would only use for a few things especially since it was black. This totally opens the doors to many new colors and ideas! I am always in to mixing up colors...this is a fantastic tip!

  12. thank you for the chalkboard paint 'recipe' i have a mirror i've been wanting to turn into a chalkboard so i might try it.

  13. I've never done anything with chalkboard or chalk paint. I like your projects though! Looks like you are on a roll!

  14. The chair turned out great and its so creative of you to try and mix your own chalkboard paint. Thanks for sharing the recipe!


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