The new thing seems to be chalkboard anything. But I can see why, its fun for children, it makes an ordinary item into a cute decoration, it adds a little homemade quality to any gift, and its easy. The best part about it is it requires no artistic talent at all!
What Can I Make Into a Chalkboard?
The chalkboard possibilities are endless! This is where your children’s (or your own) imagination and creativity comes in handy. You can make just about any surface into a chalkboard, including:
- ceramic pots
Think how cute chalkboard flowerpots would be! Or, paint up an old picture frame and make the inside a chalkboard surface. Chalkboard doesn’t just have to be for your children. In fact it may just be what you’re looking for to fill in that blank wall space. You can add that little homemade flare to anything like chalkboard labeled dishes at a party, chalkboard gift tags made from cardboard, or chalkboard signs for gardens or weddings.
Chalkboard paint comes in premixed paint cans, spray paint, and I’ve even seen chalkboard vinyl. If you want a colorful chalk surface, some companies are even making tinted chalkboard paint! However, if you’re into doing things yourself, you can make your own chalkboard paint with some of your own leftover paint and a little secret ingredient.
Making Your Own Chalkboard Paint
What you’ll need:
- Flat-finish latex paint, color of your choosing
- Unsanded tile grout
- Roller or sponge paint brush
- Fine-grit sandpaper
- If you’re only going to be painting a small area, I recommend only mixing a small amount at a time.
- Pour one cup of stirred flat-finish latex paint into a container.
- Add 2 Tablespoons of unsanded tile grout.
- Mix thoroughly making sure to break up any clumps.
- Apply with the roller or foam paintbrush to a painted or primed surface.
- Apply multiple coats in different directions, making sure to cover it completely.
- Sand with fine-grit sandpaper once it has dried.
- Before you use your chalkboard surface, make sure to prime it by rubbing the side of the chalk all over the surface until its completely covered.
- Your chalkboard is ready for use!
It’s likely that your homemade paint will have clumps and granules left from the tile grout. But there’s no need to worry. Some of those little granules will just “melt” into it, but for those that don’t, that’s what the sandpaper is for. That is why themixing thoroughly step becomes very important; you want to end up with the least amount of clumps possible. However, if you are wanting a smoother surface, a manufactured version might be a better choice because it goes on just as smooth as any other latex paint.
A little bit of advice: don’t use chalkboard pens on your homemade paint because it doesn’t come off like it would when applied to the manufactured paint. But, traditional chalk works great and your surface can be completely cleaned with a damp cloth. You and your children can enjoy crafting together with this easy project – I hope you enjoy it.
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