Make Your Own Chalkboard Paint

how to make chalkboard paint at home

Whether you’re looking to create your own chalkboard wall or refurbish a piece of furniture with a chalky finish, chalk or chalkboard paint is the way to go. You can purchase chalky, matte paint to create chalkboard-like surfaces, or furniture colors with that chalky finish. Click Here to see a great product example from the Sherwin-Williams website. But, you can also make this paint yourself!

What Is Chalk Paint?

Great question! Chalky paint is just ordinary, latex-based paint, with one small difference. Added to the paint is a grainy substance – often plaster of Paris – which gives the paint a matte finish when it dries. It’s great for projects during the fall, because you can’t help but think of classrooms when you think of chalk! It’s also very useful when working on a distressed furniture project, or one with damage or scratches. The satiny finish of chalk paint helps cover up these minor flaws.

What is Chalkboard Paint?

Chalkboard paint is similar to chalk paint, except its recipe calls for mixing paint with non-sanded tile grout instead of plaster of Paris. Also, the purpose of chalkboard paint differs from chalk paint. After covering a surface with this second type of paint, you’re able to write on the surface with chalk or chalk paint! It’s great for creating chalkboard walls or crafts in your home, classroom or office.

How Do You Make It?

It’s super easy! Follow the instructions below to quickly create either version of the chalky paints!

  • Chalk Paint: Pour 1/3 cup of plaster of Paris and 1/3 cup of cool water into a mixing bowl, then stir the combo until completely smooth. Mix that with 1 cup of latex paint and stir thoroughly. We found a great recipe at
  • Chalkboard Paint: Mix 1 cup of acrylic paint (any color) and 2 tablespoons of non-sanded tile grout. We got some easy tips and directions from a blog at

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