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Make Your Own Chalkboards with Two Ingredients...

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Painting, Craft Projects, Recycled

Activity Overview

Chalkboard paint is increasing in popularity and oftentimes can be expensive. Try concocting your own chalkboard paint with this easy recipe for use around your home. Chalkboard paint can be whimsically used on flower pots, walls, doors, accessories, even pumpkins and more. The possibilities are endless when it comes to how you and your family can use chalkboard paint to create a functionally fun addition to any child's room for schedules to drawing space to menu announcements.

Materials Needed

  • 1 Cup of Leftover latex Paint of any Color or try using color samples that you can buy and try
  • 2 TBSP of unsanded grout
  • Paint roller or sponge paintbrush

How to Do It

  1. Mix the latex paint and the unsanded grout together. Adjust the measurement amounts to suit the size of your project.
  2. Mix extremely well until it is a homogeneous mixture. This is very important.
  3. Prep your surface. Wash area and rinse it well and let it dry completely before applying the paint. If you have a dirty surface with any residue, the pain may not adhere correctly to that surface.
  4. Use painter's tape off the area that you would like to paint.
  5. Apply your homemade chalkboard paint using a paintbrush or a foam paintbrush.
  6. Paint at least two coats for best results. It is best to paint one layer in one direction and one in the other direction.
  7. Allow the paint to dry and cure for 3 to 4 days before using as a chalkboard.
  8. After 3-4 days of curing, condition your chalkboard for use by rubbing chalk across the whole board and then with an only slightly damp cloth, wipe the chalk away.
  9. Enjoy your fabulous new chalkboard!

We painted one entire wall with chalkboard paint. Fun for the whole family. Thanks for sharing.
This is a great idea...just make sure that your child understands that ONLY the painted area of the wall is to be used for drawing...Children generalize and might think that because it is ok to draw on part of the wall it is ok to draw on any of the wall. I had a daughter that took it so far as to draw on the curtains!!!
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