Did you know that you can make a chalkboard using milk paint?
Yep. No need to buy special chalkboard paint. Plus the sky is the limit color-wise.
First, the technique. It’s super simple. Mix your milk paint as per usual (equal parts water and powder).
Let your paint sit while you prep the surface of your chalkboard by sanding it well, then cleaning it with TSP Substitute. If I’m using new hardboard for my chalkboard I skip the TSP and just wipe it clean with a damp rag. Remember, you don’t want a chippy chalkboard so be sure you’ve given your surface plenty of gripping power with good prep.
Give your paint another good stir or two and then brush one coat onto your chalkboard surface. Once dry, lightly sand with 220 grit sandpaper. Normally I don’t sand between coats of milk paint, but in this case sanding between coats will help keep your chalkboard super smooth. Paint a 2nd coat of milk paint. Once dry, sand again. The final step is to season your chalkboard by rubbing chalk all over the surface, then wiping it away with a dry cloth. No other sort of topcoat is needed.
And voila, you have a chalkboard. Keep in mind that freshly applied paint is always easier to scratch than cured paint. I’d wait a day or two before drawing on your chalkboard.
Black is a no-brainer and probably everyone’s first instinct for a chalkboard, but I’ve done several green chalkboards too.
I like the look of a green chalkboard with a white painted frame. This is one of my favorite ways to re-purpose a dresser mirror.
I’ve used a recipe of 3 parts Miss Mustard Seed Boxwood mixed with 2 parts Miss Mustard Seed Artissimo to make a green chalkboard. But I’ve also discovered that Homestead House milk paint in Bayberry is the perfect chalkboard green.
But you don’t have to stick with just black or green chalkboards. I’ve also painted a chalkboard using Homestead House milk paint in Laurentien, which is a pretty aqua color.
I make a lot of chalkboards. In addition to re-purposing a dresser’s mirror frame, it’s also a great way to use a picture frame that no longer has its glass. I even like to turn unconventional items into chalkboards like small folding chairs …
or washboards …
I always keep a packet of milk paint on hand for whipping up a quick chalkboard.
By the way, not sure what to do with your chalkboard once you have it painted? I’ve used a few different techniques for drawing on a chalkboard.
You can use chalk to transfer a printed design onto the chalkboard and then fill it in (more details on that here), you can use a stencil (more details on that here), or you can just work on practicing your chalk lettering skills using the book that comes with today’s giveaway.
Speaking of which, it’s time for the fun part! Today’s prize:
Includes: the Complete Book of Chalk Lettering, 4 colors of milk paint perfect for chalkboards, and a lovely Miss Mustard Seed paint brush for a smooth chalkboard finish. Thank you to Homestead House, Miss Mustard Seed and The Real Milk Paint Co for providing items for today’s giveaway.
The basic rules: to be eligible to win today’s prize leave a comment on this blog post telling me whether or not you have at least one chalkboard in your house (I have five!). Your comment must be left on the blog, not on Facebook. You are not required to follow my blog, although it would be awesome if you did!
Normally I make a point of answering every comment left on my blog. If someone takes the time to leave a comment, I like to acknowledge that. But I usually only get 10 to 20 comments so it’s easy to fulfill that promise. But I’m guessing that I’ll get many more comments on these posts so I’m going to warn you up front that I won’t be answering each one. That helps make it easier for me when it’s time to pick a winner too, so I hope you guys will cut me some slack on that this week.
I will randomly draw the name of a winner for today’s prize from all of the comments left on this post by Saturday, April 7, 2018 at the stroke of midnight. You are eligible to win each day, so if you leave a comment on each day’s post, your name is eligible to be drawn for each prize.
The fine print: no purchase necessary, you must be 18 years of age or older to win, void where prohibited by law, the number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning, approximate retail value of prize is $122, if the prize is not claimed by Friday, April 13, another name will be drawn at random to win, blah, blah, blah.
Be sure to check back tomorrow for the next segment of milk paint madness, and in the meantime remember to pin today’s post for future reference.