How to Make Chalkboard Paint

We've been busy making lots of signs at the shop and thought we'd share our recipe for making chalkboard paint. You can use this chalk paint recipe on just about any surface such as wood, metal, etc.

Making paint is easy. Simply mix 1/3 cup of plaster of paris with 1/3 cup of water. Mix until smooth. Add this to 1 cup of black latex paint. Stir until combined and then you are ready to paint.

Using a Paint Pixie Brush or a chip brush if that is what you have handy, apply the 2 coats of chalkboard paint letting the first coat dry thoroughly before applying the second coat.

Once your second coat is dry, you will need to season your chalkboard before using it.

To season your homemade chalkboard, apply wax or shade the entire chalk board with chalk by taking a chalk stick and turning it on it's side and chalking the entire chalkboard. Once you have done this, erase the chalk and the board is seasoned for use.


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