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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Make Your Own Chalk Board Paint...

I haven't tried this but will soon.....but still wanted to share


3 teaspoons acrylic paint [colour of choice]
1 1/2 teaspoons glazing medium [water based]
1/2 teaspoon powder tile grout [Not Sanded]

How to:

The single most frequently asked question is where can I buy coloured chalk board paint? Unfortunately, this product was
discontinued a few years back and I have not been able to find another... so with a little effort, I managed to put together a
recipe that works! Now you can make your own chalk board paint in any colour you choose and don't have to settle for the
standard black and green.

Mix together all of the ingredients listed above, blend really well and that's it. You now have chalkboard paint! You should only
mix as much as you will need for your project. It doesn't keep well, but can be stored in an air tight container for a few hours.
After a longer period of time, the paint will begin to thicken a little and become a bit brittle.

Helpful Hints:
Apply your paint with a regular paint brush and allow each coat of paint to dry completely, before applying the next. After each
coat of paint, gently sand the paint with a 400 grit or higher grit sandpaper and wipe away any dust. This will help keep your
painted surface nice and smooth.

You also need to condition your chalkboard, once you have finished painting. Be sure your paint is completely dry. Place a
piece of chalk on the side and rub over the entire chalkboard surface, covering the entire area with chalk. Using a felt cloth,
wipe off the chalk you just applied. With a slightly damp cloth, wipe the chalkboard clean.

Now your chalkboard is ready!

The most frequently asked questions are...

How do I make larger quantities of this paint?

I am sorry to say that I have not ever made larger quantities, as I use this paint for small projects only. It is important that you
be aware that tile grout hardens quickly and when mixing with paint, the time span will be longer, before the paint begins to
thicken and harden, but it will eventually harden! However, when mixing larger quantities [such as a litre], I would suggest that
you mix 1 part glaze to 2 parts paint [as is the small quantity recipe], but reduce the grout significantly. A few heaping
tablespoons of grout will most likely suffice. I suggest that you test this first, but I have heard back from others that have tried
this method with great success. It's important that you note... you do this at your own risk. I have not tested this recipe to be
used in larger quantities!

What is glazing medium?

This is a faux finishing medium available at craft shops in small quantities and larger quantities at paint shops, Home Depot,
Wal-Mart and similar retail stores. Most major paint manufacturers carry their own brand of this product and it is readily
available. Here are 2 brand name versions of this product, but there are many more

Behr: Premium Plus With Style® Faux Glaze No. 748
Benjamin Moore: Studio Finishes® Latex Glaze 405

Please be sure to note that this recipe calls for a water based glazing medium and not an oil base. This is important! You can
not ever mix water base and oil base products together. Water and oil, simply do not mix!


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