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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The handwriting is on the wall...

I've been seeing a lot of great chalkboard walls lately.  And it's not all just about black and white...

Wall Calendar
A home office is the ideal spot for a family planner. Six weeks' worth of squares in a variety of shades can accommodate several schedules. The entire wall is also coated with chalkboard paint for more memos. Start with a base coat of store-bought black chalkboard paint, and then mix in varying amounts of white chalkboard paint for lighter squares.

Custom Colors How-To
Start with flat-finish latex paint in any shade. For small areas, such as a door panel, mix 1 cup at a time.

1. Pour 1 cup of paint into a container. Add 2 tablespoons of unsanded tile grout. Mix with a paint stirrer, carefully breaking up clumps.
2. Apply paint with a roller or a sponge paintbrush to a primed or painted surface. Work in small sections, going over the same spot several times to ensure full, even coverage. Let dry.
3. Smooth area with 150-grit sandpaper, and wipe off dust.

4. To condition: Rub the side of a piece of chalk over entire surface. Wipe away residue with a barely damp sponge.

Read more at Make Custom Color Chalkboard Paint - Martha Stewart Kids 


  1. I love this idea -- much better than trying to manage all my scraps of paper.

  2. Finally found it - duh, I just had to scroll down a bit more.

    Thanks Gayle for sharing this information. I actually did this for a client of mine on two doors that enclosed a washer and dryer. One side was painted with chalkboard paint only, the other side was painted with metallic paint first and chalk paint on top. She had a collection of magnets to display, as well as inspirational messages to show on the other side. Wish I had a photo of it - looked great!

  3. Nice info here. Keep us these great posts!


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