How to Make Your Own Chalkboard Paint

You may have seen me mention on facebook and twitter that I’m contributing to Soleil Moon Frye’s new online show Her Say. Here’s a fun clip where I teach you how to make chalkboard paint in any color you like for just a few bucks. We use it to whip up some little vases you can use as table settings and a travel chalkboard tile. It’s so easy! Let me know if you try it. And you can check out more of my hersay videos here.

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ppags

I always wondered if Martha's recipe would work in smaller quantities. Thank you for the video! Good to know that it doesn't need to be primed too by rubbing chalk all over it before first use.

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Jaime

ppags, actually it is a good idea to prime it (it is with any chalkboard), that got edited out somehow. but if you don't prime it it will be fine, it just will take a little water to erase your chalk marks the first few times.

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Holly

I love this!!! I have black chalkboard cabinets in my kitchen, and I had this inkling to paint a chalkboard area on my son's wall, but I wanted something more fun. Maybe I will get crazy and do a rectangle area for the chalkboard and do stripes of green and blue or something, to give it some added fun!

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Milkweed...

Thanks so much for the tutorial! I made the paint, but went back a few hours later and it is spongy and much closer to solid than liquid. Any ideas how to get back to the original form or do you think I should just start over?

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Jaime

milkweed – hard to say without seeing the texture but you want it to be pretty thick. the grout is what makes the chalk stick to the paint. so you don't want it to be in clumps, but not super liquid either. as long as you can smooth it onto your surface without visible lumps in it, it should be good. so if it's too clumpy you can add more paint, or you could even try a little water first, but the ratio is no more than 1/4 cup to a gallon, and mix it well.

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Jaime

aisle 18. HA! no it depends on the hardware store. at my local one it is next to the paint in a section with all the tile installation stuff. some hardware stores might have it next to the plumbing stuff.

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