February 19, 2012
In all my years of decorating I have never been asked for a chalkboard wall before. I like the idea of a dark accent wall (especially in a crisp white room) so I wasn’t against the idea at all, but I did worry about finding the perfect shade of blue. I needed something lighter than navy but darker than marine, it couldn’t go too periwinkle or cobalt. I was so happy to find on line – of course – several websites with the recipe to make your own chalkboard paint… in any color you want!
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.