Did I ever tell you about how I painted Mini’s room when I was pregnant? Oh yeah. And Mr. Right-Click and I got in a big fight about it, because he didn’t want me inhaling the fumes. But I wanted it done already. And I was going to paint it two different colors of blue, and stencil the border with animals, and–most importantly–the bottom half would be in chalkboard paint. But not just your average chalkboard paint. Oh no, it had to be specially mixed chalkboard paint. Because I didn’t want black on the walls of my newborn’s room (duh). And we have an aversion to the color green in this household that has to do with a certain basketball team from a certain city that we won’t go into detail about here, but who will be losing the NBA championship this year, to another team that has colors like purple and yellow.
Anyway, so yeah, I mixed my own chalboard paint. I learned how to do it from Martha Stewart. And now I’m going to tell you how. You need:
- Wall paint in flat, non-gloss finish. In whatever color you like, but it’s easier to stick with darker colors, since the chalk will stand out more against them than say, white, which would be kinda lame, unless you’re only using like super brightly colored chalk.
- Unsanded tile grout. Just one package, the smallest they have.
- Something to mix them in.
- Something to mix them with.
- If you are pregnant, a mask to block the fumes from harming your unborn baby.
- Also, if you are pregnant, time when your husband/partner/baby daddy is out of the house so you can paint without him hassling you about the brain damage you’re doing to the baby.
So, to make the chalkboard paint, you mix 1 cup of paint with 2 tablespoons of unsanded tile grout. Mix it up as well as you can, and break up clumps. You have to do it in small batches or else it gets too clumpy. Apply it to the wall with a spongy paint roller. You will have to do a bunch of coats to get it to cover just right, and allow plenty of time in between coats for drying. Once you’ve finished the 2-3 coats, sand the surface with 150 grit sandpaper to make it smooth. Test a patch with chalk and make sure it erases, but be careful, because there will be dust on the chalkboard now, do not expect it to look pristine and newly painted ever again.
We had Mini’s cousins draw on his walls before he was born, and just in the past six months or so has he really started to take an interest in their drawings. It probably won’t be long before he’s drawing his own creations on his walls. Sniff.