How To Make Custom Color Chalkboard Paint

Martha Stewart

We know that there's a lot to say about chalkboard paint, but, we believe that when done right and in a resourceful way, it's pretty great. Paint a small wall in the kitchen, laundry room, mud room or a kids room and you'll realize just how utilitarian a chalkboard wall can be. They look even better in custom colors.

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The ability to customize the color of chalkboard paint opens up the versatility. Paint a chalkboard calendar on the wall in your office and write in each event or deadline, easily erased when the task is completed. If you're short on wall space in the kitchen, why not paint your cabinets in a cool tone chalkboard paint? Leave messages for each member in the family or write little reminders (since we all spend so much time in the kitchen!).

Here's how to make your own custom color chalkboard paint from the Martha Stewart archives:
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.

The possibilities are endless!

Images: Martha Stewart, Danny Seo, Better Homes and Gardens

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