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How to Make Chalkboard Paint (+ 10 Paint Projects)

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How to Make Chalkboard Paint (+ 10 Paint Projects)

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.

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!


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11:54AM PST on Dec 18, 2014

I once received a chalkboard mug as a gift *And* I lived in a house with a +/- 2'x15' strip of chalkboard wall in the kitchen next to the phone. It was the repository of all kinds of msgs/ memos/artwork. Loved it! And Love that I can now make my own paint!!

11:04PM PST on Feb 11, 2014

Thanks for sharing :)

8:31AM PST on Dec 4, 2013

Thanks! The Benjamin Moore chalkboard paint is nice, but not the easiest to find in time to do a craft project.

6:24PM PDT on Jun 22, 2013

This one still looks so cool. Thanks.

4:19AM PST on Mar 4, 2013

Great ideas.Thanks for sharing

6:51PM PST on Dec 30, 2012

I love these ideas...Thanks for sharing...

7:16AM PDT on Aug 24, 2012

i wanna have a whole wall with that paint XD

5:28AM PDT on Jul 16, 2012

I'm thinking that matte paint is the way to go for this craft--- thanks!

2:25PM PDT on Jul 14, 2012

You don't state whether to use gloss, silk or matt VOC free paint.

1:56PM PDT on Jul 14, 2012

Very cool

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