Make Your Own Chalkboard Paint In Any Color

Make Your Own Chalkboard Paint In Any Color

I know what you are thinking…did I read that correctly?  Can you really make your own chalkboard paint in any color?  Why yes you can!!!

Chalkboard paint can be expensive, and it usually comes in two colors, black or green.  Not that black and green aren’t lovely, but what if you want a pink chalboard, or possibly a bright orange one?  No worries my friend…you can have a chalkboard in any color you like.   I know, I know…I am a little obsessed with chalkboards.  I seriously have one in almost every single room of my home.  I just think they are wonderful.  I mean, what’s better than being able to write down a list and erase it later, or write down your favorite quote, or write a huge happy birthday message to your kiddos?  Nothing!  Absolutely nothing is better…well, maybe something, but whatever.

Okay, here is the top secret recipe…

Chalkboard Paint Recipe

What?  That easy?  Yep…tell ya mamma, tell ya friends!  Seriously…you need to Pin this to Pinterest so you don’t forget ;)

Extra cool tip…don’t buy a bunch of paint…buy samples!  They usually come in an 8oz container and you can get any color.  A little goes a long way!

Now you can paint your own chalkboards…kind of like some of the chalkboards I have painted…truth be told, I haven’t revealed my newest colorful chalkboard yet, but I’m going to soon!!!

Click on any of the photos below to be taken to that project!

Mirror Turned Chalkboard

Mirror Turned Chalkboard Mantel Decor

Old Vanity Turned Kid's Art Station

Wanna see more?  Click on the photo below…


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  1. Carole Beseler says

    I tried using the unsanded grout once and it was so grainy I threw it out! Could it be that the grout was old?? I have a mixer I connect to my drill so I know I mixed it enough. I make my chalk paint out of plaster or paris; couldn’t I use that for chalkboard paint???

    • says

      I’m not sure why it didn’t work for you…you could always mix a little water in to thin it out. I have heard that plaster of paris works well too :)

  2. says

    Love it! I had no idea it was that simple! Can’t wait to try this out! Have a great day!

  3. Debbie says

    Hi Jessica, I also do a lot of work with chalkboard paint mostly for children. I would love to see some of your work with the home made color recipe. I love all the work that you have done in the pictures that you have shared with us. Do you have any that you have made with the colored chalkboard paint? I am very interested to see how it looks and I am also going to try this for myself. I wish they made it in more colors and smaller containers would be nice as well instead of a full quart.
    Best regards

    • says

      Hi, Debbie! I am actually working on one right now that will be posted next week. You can buy the samples in any color for around $3…they are usually around 1 cup, so the perfect size! I use the samples sometimes to paint a small piece of furniture. A little really does go along way!

  4. says

    I had no idea it was that easy! Now I can’t wait to give it a try. Thanks so much for the fabulous tip! Have a wonderful day!

  5. says

    When you say latex does it need to be flat paint?

    • says

      Hi, Misty! You can use flat, in fact that would probably work best, but I usually buy paint samples, and they are usually eggshell finish. Hope this helps!

  6. says


    Can you tell me how much part of the wall will the quantity of paint you mentioned in the post be used on? In terms of length and breadth?

    • says

      I can’t tell you exactly, but a pretty large area. I have used in on entire pieces of furniture, and it goes a long way! Hope this helps! xoxo Jessica

  7. gloria says

    I want to make a lot and paint my retainer wall outside. What kind of paint would I use for outside?

    • says

      Hi, Gloria! What a great idea! I think I would use an outdoor paint for that so it wouldn’t wash away. Hope this helps! ~Jess


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