Did you know that you can make your own custom color chalkboard paint? I tried it out and not only is it inexpensive and easy, it actually works!
Before I tackled a wall or some other large, obvious surface, Mark convinced me I decided to test it out on something more easily fixable. This table and chair set was the perfect choice.
Not only will our younger children love to being able to write on the top, it desperately needed to be refinished anyway AND I already had this great dark brown paint left over from painting our accent wall in the dining room.
All you need is paint in the color of your choice. Flat is preferable, but I used satin and it turned out great. You also need unsanded tile grout.
- Mix 1 cup paint with 2 T. of the grout in a small container. Be sure to mix it thoroughly.
- Apply paint to the prepared surface with a roller or sponge brush.
- Do at least 2 coats to be certain of full and even coverage.
- When dry, smooth with 150-grit sandpaper.
- To condition rub side of chalk over the whole area and then wipe with a barely damp cloth.
After an afternoon of painting here is the finished product:
Now why didn’t I do that earlier?
While I had everything out, I decided to try it on the inside of the doors on our school desk. It worked.
Now I have the perfect place to write homework assignments and best of all it is hidden when guests come over.
Has anyone done this on a wall? Will I regret the amount of chalk dust it creates? How easy is it to clean a large area?
UPDATED: I painted a whole wall with this paint. You can now read about our chalkboard wall, how it turned out, how we use it and my answers to the above questions.