Custom Chalk Paint

I’m not sure if you’ve noticed but chalk board paint is everywhere. I mean EVERYWHERE! From DIY crafters to vintage furniture salvager’s – they are all using it.

Gone are the days where chalk boards are relegated to the school classroom, it’s now hip to paint vintage furniture with it, or even entire walls in your house for the kids to have as a canvas for their masterpieces. The only thing is black or green chalk boards don’t necessarily fit with most of our decor! Well, enter custom coloured chalk paint!

That’s right you can create your very own shade of custom chalk paint from…wait for it…left over wall paint! Yes, that’s right! All those little splashes of paint sitting in the garage you thought were useless can be used to turn any surface into a snazzy chalkboard!

For our second anniversary I had a fun idea of starting a new tradition with a “year counter” mini chalkboard. A little fun board we could use every year to take a couple snaps with, updating the number of years of marital bliss as they go by. Too bad I didn’t have this stroke of genius last year and start the tradition at #1…oh well…we can’t be brilliant all the time.

 

I had some wonderful red Para paint left over from painting our kitchen last year and decided that would be perfect for this little DIY project. I dashed off to the local craft store and found this perfect little heart shaped wood plaque.

 

 

I quickly whipped up the chalk paint recipe (found below) and got to painting. Now because this little project was so small I only mixed half the recipe, and even that was way too much for this little board. The mixture will be significantly thicker than your regular paint and you need to ensure even coverage. I applied the chalk paint directly to the wooden surface without primer, however for larger projects (and full chalk board walls) I would suggest a primer.

 

 

By this point hopefully I’ve got you excited for your next DIY project and are eager for the  step by step to custom colour chalk paint!

Custom Coloured Chalk Paint

Start with flat-finish latex paint in any shade. For small areas, such as a door panel, mix 1 cup at a time.

1. 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.

That’s it! Super easy and SO rewarding!

And look how cute it turned out!

Oh ..and by the way…I didn’t eat a whole buffet for breakfast, that’s Baby T. getting ready for his/her big debut around Christmas time :) Exciting times!

There are a number of ways you can incorporate chalk paint into your home decor. Here are a few ideas:

Wall Calendar

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A home office is the ideal spot for a family planner. Six weeks’ worth of squares in a variety of shades can accommodate several schedules. The entire wall is also coated with chalkboard paint for more memos.

Mudroom Mural

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The bottom half of a mudroom wall is just the right height for pint-size Picasso’s  When inspiration strikes again, the canvas can be wiped clean with a damp sponge.

Pantry Reminder

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Covered with chalkboard paint, a pantry door serves as the perfect place to keep a running shopping list. This concept also works on children’s closet doors.

 

 

 

 

Well I hoped that inspires you do get creative with your dribs and drabs of paint you may have sitting around!

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