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DIY Chalkboard Paint

If you thought chalkboards were just for schoolrooms, think again. Find the formula to make your own wipe-off writing surfaces, here.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, January 2007

Introduction

Thanks to paint that dries into a chalkboard finish, your board can be whatever size you desire and placed wherever you like. Store-bought formulas come in traditional green and black. But you can also follow our recipe to mix your own batch in any shade. Cleverly applied chalkboard paint means new places to track appointments, keep lists, and leave messages. Or simply use the surface to draw or doodle, which will appeal to kids and the kid in everyone. Use chalkboard paint for anything from a DIY menu to decorating a child's wall

materials

  • Mixing container

  • Paint stirrer

  • 150-grit sandpaper

  • Chalk

  • Sponge

steps

  1. Start with flat-finish latex paint in any shade. For small areas, such as a door panel, mix 1 cup at a time. Pour 1 cup of paint into a container. Add 2 tablespoons of unsanded tile grout. Mix with a paint stirrer, carefully breaking up clumps.

  2. Apply paint with a roller or a sponge paintbrush to a primed or painted surface. Work in small sections, going over the same spot several times to ensure full, even coverage. Let dry.

  3. Smooth area with 150-grit sandpaper, and wipe off dust.

  4. To condition, rub the side of a piece of chalk over entire surface. Wipe away residue with a barely damp sponge.

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