Tuesday, March 3, 2009

chalkboard paint ideas

It's time for Part II of chalkboard fun! We saw these vinyl chalkboard images called "Chakals" for children's rooms by Modern Dose and fell in love.


However, we did not fall in love with the price. Being the super budget-conscious gals that we are, we found a couple of ways to make our own chalkboard vinyl for kids' rooms.

Buy a roll of chalkboard contact paper for around $7. Trace/draw and cut out your own design and stick it to the wall. Super simple.



Or use chalkboard paint and paint a mural yourself. Chalkboard paint comes in many different colors, and you should be able to find it at your local craft store or online. You can design a picture that is perfect your child’s room. Or paint a section of the wall like a real chalkboard in the play room.



If you are really ambitious and not satisfied with the pre-mixed color choices out there, you can make your own chalkboard paint in any color. Thanks to Martha Stewart for this fun custom color chalkboard paint recipe.



Here's another chalkboard paint recipe for smaller batches.

Chalkboard Paint Small Batch Recipe

2 Tbsp. Acrylic craft paint, any color
1 Tbsp. Glazing medium, water based
1 tsp. unsanded tile grout powder (get this at a home improvement store like Home Depot or Lowes)

Mix well and apply to wall. Only mix as much as you need immediately, because it does not store well for more than a few hours in an airtight container.

A friend of a friend made this chalkboard on her wall with a few pieces of molding and some chalkboard paint. She also painted a few layers of magnetic paint beneath it so she could hang things with magnets here. Brilliant!


Here's a link to the magnetic paint. How cool is this stuff?

Don't forget--you must condition your chalkboard before using if you make your own paint. Do this by running a piece of chalk on its side over the entire chalkboard area. Now wipe off the chalk with a clean felt cloth. With a damp cloth, wipe the chalkboard again to clean completely. Now your chalkboard is ready for use.

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26 Responses to “chalkboard paint ideas”

Missie Krissie said...

Fantastic ideas!! Thanks, I'm trying it in my kids bedrooms!!

My Precious Peanut Designs said...

Very cool ideas!!

Laura said...

Great ideas, I've been playing around wih the idea of doing my kitchen cabinets with the magnetic and chalk board paint...think you pushed me into it!

inkOBSESSIONdesigns said...

I love chalkboard paint! Great tips!

Kindershop said...

Oh my gosh, my head is spinning. Love the idea. I definetely have to make some of these decals for the girls' room.

Sarah@VintageChic said...

Great post! I love chalkboard projects!

Reese said...

Awesome!
Thanks!!

Gaspegirl said...

That looks like a child's dream! I love the idea...

Thanks for sharing!

Kelly said...

Just a piece of advice from someone who's used it - the magnectic paint is HEAVY and takes a lot to make it really magnetic. We painted squares (and then painted over each in a different color) in our playroom in the art area for each kid to hang their masterpieces. It was really cute but took a lot of work and really strong magnets!
I have chalkboard paint in the garage right now. Just waiting for a somewhat nice day to take the pantry door outside and turn it into a memo board!

michellejohnnie said...

We have already planned to do this in our kids paint room. We love the idea of having all the letter and number magnets off the fridge and into the playroom. We were going to try the magnetic paint and Chalkboard paint over the top, but weren't sure it would work so I'm glad you said that it does!!! Yeah!!!

Sam said...

My daughter is dying to carve pumpkins but she is a bit too young to handle a knife so I spray painted a pumpkin with chalkbosrd paint and she could draw all over it and it made her happy. That stuff is great!

Atticelf said...

I forgot about chalkboard and magetic paint. I want some! Thanks for the reminder!

Heather - CROQZine - Dollar Store Crafts said...

Awesome!! All the ideas here are great. I have never even considered making my own chalkboard paint.

You guys always have great ideas!

Stumbling this!

Alicia said...

How Fun! I love chalkboard ideas! I found this link on another blog... http://www.wallies.com/list/chalkboard/page-1
I like your idea of making your own murals!

http://theladyisablogger.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Thank you SO much for the link to the chalk board contact paper! I've just ordered my own roll and can't wait to get started!

kristal said...

AWE-SOME! i NEVER EVER thought of contact paper! brilliance!!! i'm revvin up my cricut right now!

hellosweetworld said...

Cute! I love the chalkboard calendar on the wall.

Sharlene said...

Wow! Super cool idea! I love it!

My Big Mouth said...

All wonderful ideas!
I love the shapes like the owls as a chalkboard.
What fun!

taranova said...

It is so funny because I just did the back of my cupboards that face the dining room. Me and my girls spend a lot of time in the kitchen, so I thought it was a great idea for some unused space. The girls love it! I used the magnetic and chalkboard.

taranova said...

That is so funny because I just did the back of my cupboards in both the magnetic and chalkboard paint. It was a great idea for some unused space. My girls love it!

Small House said...

I had no idea there was even such a think as "chalkboard contact paper." NEAT!
THANKS.
Sandra

glenna said...

THANKS. I am inspired to use this idea!

Tamara said...

we painted an entire wall in our bathroom with chalkboard paint and we use it for memory verses or math problems or letters...it's fun! Thanks for sharing, I had NO idea about the contact paper!

SoBella Creations said...

Great ideas! I plan to use the magnetic paint on my pantry door. It is command central for all school related items.

mrs.pabody said...

I just saw these decals last night and winced at the price too. Chalkboard contact paper?!?! Who knew? You're my hero! :)

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