DIY Chalkboard Paint

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DIY Chalkboard Paint
Make chalkboard paint for your home. (sticks of chalk image by Tammy Mobley from

Chalkboard paint can be used by homeowners to decorate and functionalize their homes. Although chalkboard paint can be purchased at most home improvement stores, it can also be made. Learning how to make chalkboard paint will allow you to customise the colour of the chalkboard. Martha Stewart provides a recipe for homeowners who are looking to create chalkboard masterpieces in their homes.

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Things you need

  • Latex primer
  • Foam paint roller
  • Painter's tape
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Flat latex paint
  • Unsanded grout
  • Paint stick
  • Fine grit sandpaper
  • Chalk
  • Damp cloth or sponge

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  1. 1

    Tape the perimeter of the area on the wall with painter's tape. Prime the area with the latex primer and a foam paint roller. Let the primer dry.

  2. 2

    Decide on a colour for the paint. Most home improvement stores sell basic black and dark green colours of chalkboard paint. Making chalkboard paint allows you to customise your colour and create a chalkboard that is bright pink, blue, or even purple.

  3. 3

    Measure one cup of latex paint into a bowl. Martha Stewart recommends using flat latex paint. Carefully mix two tablespoons of unsanded grout into the paint using a paint stick until they become smooth.

  4. 4

    Apply the mixed paint to the wall with a foam paint roller. Allow the paint to dry completely.

  5. 5

    Lightly sand the chalkboard with fine grit sandpaper to remove any small bumps. Wipe away the dust with a damp cloth.

  6. 6

    Condition the chalkboard by rubbing the side of a piece of chalk along the entire surface of the chalkboard. Use a damp cloth or sponge to wipe away the chalk before use.

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