Wednesday, February 16, 2011

How to Make Your Own Chalkboard Paint - DIY

                                       

Aloha!

Today I'm going to teach you how to make your very own chalkboard paint. FROM SCRATCH! Yep, I first learned the secret ingredient from the craft queen herself via her Martha Stewart Living Magazine.  In their version, they used a flat paint like you would purchase in the paint section at a hardware store, but I really just wanted a smaller quantity to do a few Honeysuckle accents around my house and for Valentine's gifts, so I thought I'd do some experimenting on my own with regular old acrylic craft paints and different proportions. 

Here's what you will need:
Dry Non-Sanded Grout (purchased this huge tin at our local City Mill hardware store for $1.50...this will probably last me forever)
Acrylic craft paints - White, Black, and Bright Magenta (Apple Barrel line by Plaid, found at Wal-mart)
NOTE: Our craft stores here on the island are somewhat lacking, so I wasn't able to find anything perfectly matching Honeysuckle. I will give you my "formula" with those combined colors.
Measuring spoons and cups
Mixing cup or bowl
Paint brush or stick to stir



Step 1) Measure 1.5 teaspoons of the non-sanded grout and put in your mixing cup (this is very dusty, so please do this in a well-ventilated area).



Step 2) Pour in 1/4 C. of the  Pepto Bismol   Bright Magenta craft paint.



Step 3) Add 1.5 teaspoons of white acrylic craft paint.



At that point, I really liked the color, but I was going for perfection, and I had the Pantone website up and was trying my very best to match what I saw on the screen. I could tell I needed to mute it slightly with some black.

Step 4)  Add 1/8 teaspoon black acrylic craft paint.



Step 5) Stir for a couple minutes with a cheap paintbrush or stick.


(I'm not really left-handed, but I stink at taking pics with my left hand! ha)

This next pic is to show you that the consistency WILL BE SLIGHTLY LUMPY still. The grout is very fine, so when you brush it on, it spreads right out and isn't noticable at all.


Step 6) Apply it with a sponge brush.


(Hey, look! I took a pic with my left hand!)

You will need between 1 and 3 coats depending on your medium. For my wooden calendar, I used 3 coats on top of a piece of 1/8" MDF (I primed with Zinsser water-based primer).

As with any chalkboard paint, you will need to prep the surface once it is completely dry by rubbing a piece of chalk across the entire board (easiest if you turn the chalk on its side). Then erase completely, and it's ready to go!




I also used it on some cardboard cereal boxes and made chalkboard Chinese take-out boxes. I've been planning to do this for my daughter to take to school as gifts and was excited to have some Honeysuckle to use!

This time I only did one layer, and I did not prime it. I just cut the box and painted directly on the inside with the chalkboard paint. Then I used the Chinese take-out box pattern I designed and cut it out.




So with that one bowl of Honeysuckle, I covered a 28"x18" board x 3 coats, and a 12"x15" cardboard box x 3! Total cost for this chalkboard paint project is about $.35.  I can handle that.  :)

This opens up SO many new chalkboard color possibilities! I'd love to hear what you're chalking up!

Aloha,
Charlie

Update: I was asked how long I let each coat dry since the spray paint chalkboard stuff says to let it dry one day between coats. Truth-be-told, I'm super impatient, and I was in a rush! I painted each layer, then used my blow dryer to dry it until it was really dry to sight and touch. Seriously dries really fast! Just like any old acrylic paint project! Yet another advantage to DIY'ing!  Sweet. ;)

65 comments:

  1. whats the ratio of paint to Dry Non-Sanded Grout if your only using one color?

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  2. Aloha, Margaret! It's just the 1/4 C. paint to 1.5 teaspoons dry non-sanded grout. I just added the extra bits of paint in to change my color, and they weren't enough of a change to affect the "chalkability", so I didn't bother adding more grout. :)

    Aloha and hope that helps!

    charlie

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  3. I saw you on Tatertots, or was it CSI!? This is just too creative for me but I love the idea!

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  4. So cute! I love the possibilities!! Thanks so much for sharing.

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  5. I LOVE chalkboard paint. What a great idea!

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  6. Love it! You made that color perfectly!

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  7. I have been waiting for someone to come up with how to make chalkboard paint on the cheap. Thank You!!!

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  8. I recently stumbled across your blog and live on Oahu also. You mentioned the crummy craft stores here, which I totally agree! I am glad I am not the only one that feels this way.

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  9. new follower! pls follow back :)
    www.mylittlepumpkin808.blogspot.com

    We live in Ewa Beach! wow! small world!

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  10. It's projects like this that make me wish I had kids just so that I could use them as an excuse to make cute valentine boxes. Is that wrong? I work with ALL men, and I think that the chalkboard paint and ingenious Chinese boxes would be lost on them. Also, I think I may have fixed my email problem, so I am giving it a test drive. :-)

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  11. Thanks for the recipe!! I love that we can now make chalkboards in our own colors. YIPPEE!

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  12. I love this!! I get tired of using just black chalkboard paint an green reminds me too much of school. Thanks again!!

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  13. I love reading your blog and think you have a great vision. I want to present you with the Sylish Blogger Award. I hope you will accept- because you deserve it!

    Check it out!
    http://sageandcocoa.blogspot.com/2011/02/blog-awards.html

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  14. What a great idea. Thank you for sharing. I'm your newest follower. I'm having my first link party tomorrow (Monday). It would be great if you could stop by and post your project. http://diyhshp.blogspot.com/

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  15. So cool. I love how you can customize the color, and it's so much cheaper than the pre-made chalkboard paint in their pre-made colors. Genius!

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  16. Hi Charlie! What a wonderfully crafty tutorial! Love the idea of using different colors! Thank you so much for sharing, girlie! I'm definitely going to try this one. Happy NTT to you!

    xoxo laurie

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  17. Thanks for the tute! I've gotta try this--I've been wanting to make a menu blackboard, only not black, lol!

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  18. That's pretty amazing. I always have craft paint around. :) I'll definitely be bookmarking this for future reference. Thanks!

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  19. Such a good idea! I would love to post this recipe to my readers! How do you feel about that if I link back to you for credit? It would be on this blog...

    http://kidsonthegrand.com/2011/02/20/easy-decor-for-kids-rooms/

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  20. Great information!! Wouldn't you know I just spent WAY too much on a small bottle of red chalkboard paint at JoAnns a couple of weeks ago. Rats. Well, never again! Thanks so much for sharing this one.

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  21. Wow, this is so good to know! Thanks for sharing the "recipie".

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  22. That is fabulous!I always wished I had a Turquoise chalkboard...now I can!

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  23. You can take also normal acrylic paint - matt varnish. Thank you for sharing your tip!

    Tine

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  24. Yahoooo! Finally, I have the info I've been wanting. Love the pink!

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  25. I used cereal boxes to make chalkboard tags also. They are great I really think using satin latex paint with the non sand grout makes a better texture for a chalkboard - but that's for my bigger projects!

    http://messymimi.blogspot.com/2011/01/i-cant-help-it-i-love-my-chalkboard.html

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  26. Thanks so much for this post. I read about it at 'Inspired by you' and popped over to see your post. It was just a few days ago I was thinking why does chalkboard paint have to be black! So I was really excited to read this! take care, Maryann

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  27. I saw you on tip junkie's site, and this is SUCH a good idea! I'm gunna try it too!

    Tiffany
    http://itsacowgirlthing.blogspot.com/

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  28. Love this! Wanted to let you know I featured you on my Sunday Stroll!!

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  29. Thanks for the tutorial!! Love the gifts you made!!

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  30. Aloha Charlie! LOVE this idea, thank you so much for sharing. I hope you don't mind, I posted a link to this on my blog. Hopefully they have these items on Kauai, I can't wait to try it!

    http://lilmisskaiya.blogspot.com/2011/04/chalkboard-paint.html

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  31. Hello!! I am stopping by from the Chalk Talk Party and I love this idea-I saw it before but can't remember where. Great blog! Can you use this with latex paint? Thanks
    ~Iffy~
    www.stayathomenation.blogspot.com

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  32. HI stopping by from the Chalk Talk Party. I LOVE this idea!! I would love to do an aqua chalkboard in my eli's room and I have just found a way. Mind if I link this up to my blog?

    lauren
    www.warmfuzzypurpleandgold.blogspot.com

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  33. I love this!! What a great idea. I just wanted to let you know I am your newest follower and I will be featuring this on Friday. It is such a great tip. Stop by and grab a feature button:>

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  34. I just wanted to let you know that I am featuring this on my blog today. Stop by and grab a button:>

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  35. Awesomeness!! Thank you and I love the color you came up with!

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  36. There is part of me that wants to use this to paint one wall of my studio the same color as the others but with chalk paint, so I can just sketch on the entire wall.

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  37. What a super fun and easy way to make my own custom colored chalkboards! I've been wanting to paint the backside of my son's door with chalkboard paint but the $$ was too much for me. Found this yesterday and painted it today! Thank you!

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  38. I used this today! I'm so glad you posted this!

    http://swanfeet.wordpress.com/2011/09/27/the-chalkboard-tray/

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  39. Is this dishwasher safe? I would love to use this on a few wine glasses for my next ladies night!!

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  40. So glad to find this post. Will try it on a few smaller pieces when our place is finished in Kapolei. Aloha!

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  41. I must be doing something wrong... I used non glossy acryclic paint, grout (in Belgium it does not say sanded or not)but it looks powdery like your stuff) and painted two coats. Cured with white chalk. Try to wipe it off with a damp cloth. The white dust from the chalk jsut sticks to the paint... Arrrgh! What did I do wrong? The wall is purple. Thanks for any advice.

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  42. Hi Charlie,

    Thanks for your reply. There is no option to leave an email with the profile... :-( It's blog@8archer.com . Will try again with a new coat of paint, and no wet cloth... just a dry one.

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  43. Great Idea!!!!!! I have been wanting to do a chalkboard in a different color. Thanks

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  44. Pepto Bismol...very funny!

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  45. I love this idea but one question: does the grout have to be white?? And I've read other people use latex paint...is there a big difference?

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  46. Hello, I love your pink chalkboard...LOVE IT! I especially appreciate you sharing the paint "recipe"- I am inspired to make some and will be doing so very soon :0) I hope it's okay, I've featured your pretty pink chalkboard calender in a chalkboard paint round-up along with some other clever chalkboard paint projects. You can see it here:

    http://jamiebrock.hubpages.com/hub/Clever-Crafts-Using-Chalkboard-Paint

    Thank you so much for sharing!

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  47. omgshhh this is awwesssommmmeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you for sharing! :D I am wanting to do this the cheaper way for my wwedding~rather than buying a bunch of chalkboards. I have a martha stewart kinnnda bright greenish and lavender color. Also, you're saying that this words on anyyyyyyy surface? So it's okay if I use one of those unfinished cheap woods from Michaels/craft stores, right? :)

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  48. Oh wow, this idea is FABULOUS!!! Thanks so much for sharing!

    (I am an island girl living in Illinois, so I have to tell you I love your blog title :)

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  49. Can this mixture of chalk paint be used on furniture?

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  50. Can you just make white chalkboard paint? I need to draw & paint it. Thanks.

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    1. I forgot to add a penguin. My son needed me. Thanks.

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    2. Yep, should work in any color!

      Aloha,
      Charlie

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    3. Thanks. I brought everything I need to draw then paint the penguin with chalkboard paint. I will post it on my blog when I am done. It will be awhile. I have a birthday party to plan & get through first.

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  51. I used indoor/outdoor latex paint and did a BIG piece of scrap plywood, nailed it to our patio door and now the kids have a chalk board outside in addition to using the sidewalk for their artwork. So easy and fun. Thanks for posting this!

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  52. Can these be used on porcelain, or do I have to add anything?

    Let me know if you can!

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  53. Can you do this on the refrigerator? Thank you for your recipe! Cannot wait to try it!! =)

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  54. Can you do this on the refrigerator? Thank you for your recipe! Cannot wait to try it!! =)

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  55. Can you do this on the refrigerator? Thank you for your recipe! Cannot wait to try it!! =)

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    1. I'm not sure, Patrice...it seems like it might scratch off if it wasn't primed really well. But if it's an old fridge, it couldn't hurt to test it in an inconspicuous area!

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  56. Thanks for the tutorial!!! I just painted over an old ugly rooster pic I had and I'm waiting for the first coat of paint to dry as we speak. Can't wait until it's done. Now my fiancé and I can write love notes and grocery lists on it in the kitchen. Thanks again!

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  57. Wasp dudes! Amazing stuff continues the good work. bubblegum casting reviews

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