Chalkboard Paint

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.

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2 Responses to “Chalkboard Paint”


  1. Do you know if you can make bigger batches than 1 cup? I want to paint a whole wall with blue chalkboard paint as you have above in my tour shop. 1 cup at a time will take forever and I am assuming will come out patchy – wanted to be able to roll the paint on as it is quite a large wall.
    Also how many coats did you have to apply and I am assuming you used a primer first?

    • bill barr Says:

      Well, there are 16 cups in a gallon, and 16 tablespoons in a cup… so add 2 cups of grout to one gallon of paint. and no, i didn’t prime… because the color is/was so dark, i just painted over existing paint. good luck!

      send a picture when you’re done?


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