Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Homemade Chalkboard Paint

I have been looking at these amazing glasses in Southern Living and Country Living... They are just tumblers with chalkboard paint. You can write who is drinking what... So cute! But I am not able to pay the price that they were asking. So I decided to research how to make them myself. Long story short... I didn't make them. I just made Homemade chalkboard paint. Everyone from Martha to every other crafty blogger had the same recipe. "FOOL PROOF," I proclaimed and went to work

Step 1. Find a surface you would like to turn into a chalkboard. Then head to your local home improvement store and purchase Unsanded Tile Grout. Pick out a paint (you can even use leftover paint that you are storing in the basement. I suggest that you use semi-gloss paint) Clean the surface that you are painting. In a party cup mix 1 cup of paint to 2 tablespoons of grout. Mix well. (Plastic forks are great for mixing)

Step 2: Using a roller (Not a brush... yeah I know one is displayed above) coat the surface with paint and let dry. Repeat this step 3 or 4 times

Step 3: Lightly sand the surface with fine sandpaper until it is smooth.

Step 4: Decorate it and write on it! Then hang it up somewhere!

FYI: This stuff is pretty durable. I dropped the board twice and it didn't chip and it erases like a regular chalkboard.

Total Project Costs:

Board: Free it was laying in the basement

Grout (10 lb bag): 11$

Paint: 3$

Frame: Just some hotglue, twine and sticks from the yard.

Total: 14$ with a ton of grout left over for more projects.

Next project: Homemade Chalkboard Paint on Tumblers!!!