I didn't realise how easy it was to make chalkboard paint until I made my own. There are a lot of different "recipes" out there... I just mixed normal acrylic paint in my chosen colour with a very cheap powdered interior filler. I didn't measure amounts and just guessed until the consistency seemed right, but as a rough guide use about half as much powder filler as paint.
To make your chalkboard:
1. You will need: a piece of wood in your desired shape and size, acrylic paint, powdered interior filler or un-sanded grout, paper doilies, glue, chalk.
2. Mix your chalkboard paint (see above) and cover the wood in a couple of coats, making sure it dries evenly.
3. When the paint is completely dry, use sand paper to even the surface. Then rub chalk over the whole board and wipe it off again - this primes your chalkboard.
4. Make a boarder using paper doilies in a variety of different sizes and glue them into place. You could give them a coat of PVA glue over the top to finish it off but I liked the effect without.
I think next time if I were to make this again I would use a roller to paint the board rather than a paint brush, as you can see the brush has left a bit of a rough texture that couldn't quit be sanded away... But on the whole this was quite a fun little project. Let me know how it goes for you!
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