Make Your Own Colored Chalkboard Paint

Making your own colored chalkboard paint is nothing new. The first recipe I found was from Martha Stewart and it worked for me. Since then, I’ve made the recipe a few times, but now I eyeball the amount of unsanded grout I use until it has a cake batter consistency.

The first time I made the chalkboard paint, I freaked out a little because it was so lumpy. But, after working with the recipe several more times, I realized that this is somewhat normal. I figured you might like to see a little video clip showing the consistency of the colored chalkboard paint.

Here is a quick video to show you how I mix the colored chalkboard paint and the consistency I get:

Recipe for Colored Chalkboard Paint:

  • 1 cup latex or acrylic paint (flat or satin sheen)
  • 2 tbsp unsanded grout
  • bowl to mix in
  • paint brush
  • stirring stick for paint

Mix paint and a small amount of grout in a bowl. Add more grout until you get a cake batter consistency. Break up as many clumps of the grout as you can. Mix until most of the lumps have disappeared.

One thing you should know is that there will be lumps in your paint. Do the best to stir them out as best as you can. But, ultimately as you start to spread the paint on the surface you are painting, the grout chunks will smooth out. Trust me, don’t freak out.

Paint your pre-primed surface and let it dry. Add a second coat if needed. Season the chalkboard surface by rubbing the side of a piece of chalk over the surface. Wipe it off with a DRY rag.

Write your message and rejoice that you made your own chalkboard paint!

I love this raspberry color that I used on this easy to make magnetic memo center.

Wait until you see what I did recently with chalkboard paint ;-). I think you’re really going to like it.


5 replies
  1. Liz
    Liz says:

    Hi! I was just wondering if this recipe would hold up to kids coloring with chalk and then washing it off with water and brushes over and over? Thanks!


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