Chalkboard Paint. Yay! Oh my goodness I love it so much! Thanks to this wonderful paint, my childish impulses to scribble on the walls are trying to take over! I want to paint my whole room with this. Anyway I need to get to the whole point of this post, chalkboard paint. For those of you who have never heard of it, chalkboard paint is something you can make on your own, you can paint any surface with it. Paint a wall with it and you instantly have a whole wall of blackboard. It will look like regular paint but you can write or draw on it with chalk just like a chalkboard. You can use any color of paint which is half the reason why it is so much fun, I love seeing it when people paint children’s playrooms with it. As I said before, Awesome. There are so many fun uses for it in your house. I put a couple of fun examples below so you can see what I am talking about.
Okay, So for this recipe you will need: Non Sanded Dry Grout, any color of Paint, (preferably something bright!) a Paintbrush, some measuring instruments, and of course the object you want to paint. All I could come up with was a big piece of hardboard because nobody was crazy enough to give up their stuff for one of my projects until after they saw if it was actually going to work. Humph. I’m offended that they doubted me! 🙂
So first measure out 1 Tablespoon of Non Sanded Dry Grout and drop it into a regular container, ( be careful with the grout as it can be very messy if you get it on your clothes) Then take a utensil or something and try to get out all the lumps. Be sure to do this in a well ventilated area as it is extremely dusty.
Then add 1/4 Cup paint of your choice. I used brown which is admittedly not a very fun color but it was the only color on hand at the time, I definitely would have preferred a nice Teal color but I think the brown turned out nice anyway. 🙂
Stir the mixture thoroughly. Try to get out the big lumps, but if there are still some small lumps in it when you are done it’s okay as some of it stirs out when you actually paint the surface.
I used a sponge brush at first but switched to a regular brush after a bit as the sponge brush wasn’t handling it that well.
When you are done just set it out to dry.
Meet Cupcake, my not so helpful companion, she was the only stray cat that didn’t get bored after the first five minutes!
Unfortunately she is somewhat insistent when she wants to be petted. As you can see, she took to trying to climb up my leg, claws FULLY extended. I found the experience very painful and somewhat irritating.
She also took a disliking to my camera, she was always trying to attack the lens.
This entire board took about 30 minutes to dry. When it is finished take a very fine grit of sandpaper and lightly sand the whole surface.
Then take a piece of chalk and cover the whole surface.
Wipe it clean and Voila! It is finished.
Any type of chalk is fine except for chalkpens as you really have to scrub to get those off.
I now have a portable chalkboard that was made with a scrap of hardboard and some paint and grout! I can’t wait to try this on some other stuff. Now all I have to do is get Mom to let me have some furniture to try it on!