Chalkboard Paint

Chalkboard paint turns any flat area into a playground or a wall-agenda. It doesn't have to be green or black - when you make your own you can have it in any color you like, which will create a beautiful and creative look. Scroll down for product info and recipes.

colored chalks for chalkboard painting

Quick tips on chalkboard paint

  • It's easy to make your own chalkboard paint, in any color you like! Scroll down for a recipe.
  • Colors can be matched to the rest of the room, best take a darker color (chalks are usually light).
  • Check here for surface preps, if you want to paint paint over oil-based paint
  • Painting the chalkboard in a neat square (or other geometric form) will give a clean look (use masking tape) - good colors will make it look creative, warm and special.
  • The paint needs time to harden out - let it dry for three days, before you start using the chalkboard.

Ready-made chalkboard paints

  • The original oldfashioned chalkboard colors (green, black) are deliverd by Kilz, they come in a spraycan - it will apply easily, but the surroundings will need protection.
  • Here's a tintable product, that will be rolled or brushed on. Tintable means, you'll have to do some color mixing. Scroll down for more on applying the paint.

If mixing colors is not your favorite job, it might be easier to make your own paint- then you'll only have to mix ingredients.

Chalkboard-paint recipe

Painting is just like cooking... Chalkboard paint is easy to make, and when you do you color-match it to the rest of your interior paint colors. It's best to make the paint right before you use it. For making chalkboard paint, take;

You can use any cup or spoon for measuring - best first measure the grout (set it apart), then measure the paint and the glazing medium, and mix then in a bowl. Then add the grout, through a kitchen sieve, and stir it. Your paint is now ready for use.

Wall painting in child's bedroom

Painting and preps

The best thing for that is a paint roller, even though a paint roller might still create little pimples. You might either sand them off with very fine paper, once the paint is dry - or very lightly drag a brush over it, when the paint is half-dry, only hushing over the surface.

To see if your surface is suitable for (latex) chalkboard paint, check here for diy painting tips

Before the first use of your chalkboard

For painting, you need to do the same preparations as for latex paint (on other latex paint: only cleaning). After painting, it's best to let the paint harden out for three days. Right after the painting, the coat is still soft and will be damaged by chalking on it. But painting over can be done sooner, if you want to.

At first, the chalkboard can still seem a bit plastic-like. That can be fixed by using the chalkboard - chalk it in completely, then wipe off excess chalk.

Notes on color and design

Most chalks are relatively light, so it's best to choose a medium to semi-dark color. You also need a flat, equalized surface (smooth furniture, or walls without hangings). Best use paint rollers, to make an even paintcoat. It's a chalky paint, it will be matte, and after scribbling on it the look becomes a bit more whitish (and maybe a little messy).

The design makes sure things keep neat. Try to imagine beforehand how things will look. A neatly painted square of chalkboard paint (defined with masking tape) always looks good - it shows "here one is meant to scribble", and then things won't look messy. Around it can be another color, white or a lighter shade of the same color as the chalkboard, or just a highgloss in the same color. The scribbling area can be defined with stripes as well.

Related pages:

Oil Painting Techniques

Acrylic Painting

Watercolor painting

Color Schemes

Interior Painting techniques

Interior Painting Ideas


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