Chalkboard Paint Checklist

Scores 4.78 with 67 votes
Chalkboard Paint Checklist
  • Any color is fine
  • A similar glass or plastic container also works
  • A small paint stirrer or plastic spoon would work, too
  • Choose any size and shape
  • Fill a mason jar or similar container with 1 cup (250 ml) of matte latex paint
  • Add 2 Tbsp (30 ml) of unsanded tile grout to the paint. Mix together using a popsicle stick or paint stirrer
  • Use the popsicle stick to break up any lumps of grout as you mix it into the paint.
  • Take the glass or plexiglass out of the picture frame. Set the frame and frame backboard aside. Work only with the glass
  • Apply one coat of your homemade chalkboard paint onto the glass. Use a sponge brush and work in even, vertical strokes
  • Allow the paint to dry for 30 to 60 minutes, or until it no longer feels sticky
  • Apply a second coat of chalkboard paint over the first. As before, use a sponge brush and paint in consistent, vertical strokes
  • Wait one to two hours for the paint to finish drying before handling the chalkboard further
  • Gently brush the chalkboard with 150-grit sandpaper to smooth away any brush strokes or lines
  • Cover the entire chalkboard with chalk. Doing so "cures" the paint and prepares it for regular use
  • Wipe away the chalk on the chalkboard using a felt eraser. You could use a wet towel or sponge instead of a felt eraser if you want an even cleaner board
  • Slide the painted glass back into the picture frame. Secure it to the frame using the frame's backboard
  • The chalkboard is now complete. You can write or draw on it as you would do with any other chalkboard
Scores 4.78 with 67 votes

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