How to make your own coloured chalk board paint
As you may know, chalkboard paint comes in either green or black.
You might not want either of those two colours, so why not make your own colour?
Here’s how to do it
This recipe comes from www.craftathome.com
3 teaspoons acrylic paint [colour of choice]
1 1/2 teaspoons glazing medium [water based]
1/2 teaspoon powder tile grout
Mix together all of the ingredients listed above, blend really well and that’s it. You now have chalkboard paint! You should only mix as much as you will need for your project. It doesn’t keep well, but can be stored in an air tight container for a few hours. After a longer period of time, the paint will begin to thicken a little and become a bit brittle.
Apply your paint with a regular paint brush and allow each coat of paint to dry completely, before applying the next. After each coat of paint, gently sand the paint with a 400 grit or higher grit sandpaper and wipe away any dust. This will help keep your painted surface nice and smooth.
You also need to condition your chalkboard, once you have finished painting. Be sure your paint is completely dry. Place a piece of chalk on the side and rub over the entire chalkboard surface, covering the entire area with chalk. Using a felt cloth, wipe off the chalk you just applied. With a slightly damp cloth, wipe the chalkboard clean.
Now your chalkboard is ready!
The most frequently asked questions are…
How do I make larger quantities of this paint?
I am sorry to say that I have not ever made larger quantities, as I use this paint for small projects only. It is important that you be aware that tile grout hardens quickly and when mixing with paint, the time span will be longer, before the paint begins to thicken and harden, but it will eventually harden! However, when mixing larger quantities [such as a litre], I would suggest that you mix 1 part glaze to 2 parts paint [as is the small quantity recipe], but reduce the grout significantly. A few heaping tablespoons of grout will most likely suffice. I suggest that you test this first, but I have heard back from others that have tried this method with great success. It’s important that you note… you do this at your own risk. I have not tested this recipe to be used in larger quantities!
What is glazing medium?
This is a faux finishing medium available at craft shops in small quantities and larger quantities at paint shops, Home Depot, Wal-Mart and similar retail stores. Most major paint manufacturers carry their own brand of this product and it is readily available. Please be sure to note that this recipe calls for a water based glazing medium and not an oil base. This is important! You can not ever mix waterbase and oilbase products together. Water and oil, simply do not mix!