Thursday, 18 June 2009

Chalkboard Paint

Miss Elsie Flannigan has start me on an obsession with chalkboard paint.

Unfortunately I don't own a house, so can not use any, but I can dream! :) So I've been doing some snooping to see if you can get any different kinds of chalkboard paint, because as nice as black is, it'd be awesome to have lots of other colours!! And I found something!! YAY!

Martha Stewarts has come up with a homemade formula for making your own chalkboard paint, granted it may take longer to apply than a ready made black paint, but it'll be colourful!! :) I thought I'd share the recipe for anyone else interested.

She says:
Start with flat-finish 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.

There are so many things you can use this for. Like, for a small child's room, on cabinets in the kitchen for reminders of foods you need to buy, in the bathroom when you need more toilet roll, in an office you can a calendar. It's a pretty awesome idea!

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