Oh, chalkboard paint! I love you so. A little bit of chalkboard paint can really take a craft project to the next level, turning your creation into something versatile and begging to be drawn on over and over again.
The trouble with chalkboard paint is that you really don’t have many options when it comes to the stuff. Black chalkboard paint is pretty easy to find at the home improvement store, and some shops stock that chalkboard green color, but that’s it color-wise. You’re also limited in terms of environmentally friendly options. If zero VOC chalkboard paint exists, I’m yet to come across it. You can imagine my joy when I learned that you can actually make your very own chalkboard paint!
When you whip up your own batch, you have total control over what sort of paint you’re using and you can make it in snazzy colors. Black and green are for the birds. You can mix up chalkboard paint in teal! Or mustard yellow! Or Kelly green! Here’s how to make your own.
- 1 pint of zero-VOC paint in whatever color you choose
- 1/4c unsanded tile grout
- paint stirrer
1. Add the tile grout to your pint of paint, and use the paint stirrer to mix it up really really well. I mean really well. You don’t want to leave any big clumps behind.
2. Paint as usual.
3. If your finished chalkboard area looks lumpy at all, use fine sandpaper to smooth it out once the project is completely dry.
That’s it! Now that you have your very own beautiful chalkboard paint in the color of your choice, you’re ready to get crafty. On the next page, check out 10 chalkboard paint craft projects.