Make Custom Color Chalkboard Paint

Martha Stewart

Have you ever wanted to use chalkboard paint but weren't so keen on the color choice between black and green? Perhaps a shade of blue, grey or red would be more aligned with your decor? Well, there is an answer! You can mix your own in any color you like. Plus, you can ensure it's low or no-VOC.

Thanks to a recent article on Martha Stewart, you can choose a color to match your kitchen cabinets, the nursery, or try one of the 8 Ways To Use Chalkboard Paint Sarah posted about last week. It's a lot easier than you'd imagine by simply following the steps below.

Custom Colors How-To:
Start with flat-finish low or no-VOC 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.

Has anyone mixed their own chalkboard paint before? If so, please share links to your projects with us!

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(Images: Martha Stewart)