It was a dark and stormy night. Really, it was. Last weekend, I was home on a Saturday night in my pajamas, experimenting with some brands of colored chalkboard paint, making vases, and halfheartedly watching a movie. This is the suburban life I lead.
All of a sudden I had an idea. What if I didn’t want to stick with the manufactured colored chalkboard paints I was working with? What about a DIY version in any color I could possibly imagine? I remembered that Martha Stewart had published a recipe years ago for homemade chalkboard paint, but I had never tried it. When I went to find it online I couldn’t. That dark and stormy night had killed my internet connection. I recalled it was some combination of non-sanded grout and paint, so I started experimenting, mixing up batches of my own, wondering if this would really work.
Pay no attention to that Cabernet. I swear it had nothing to do with it!
OK, maybe it did.
At first, I came up with 2 tablespoons of grout to 3 tablespoons of paint ~ a combo that was way too thick. So I kept at it, adding more paint each time, eventually ending up at a formula that was made up of 3/4 cup of latex paint and 2 tablespoons of non-sanded grout.
With the blue paint left over from my boy’s room, I created this little toothbrush holder, with my very own homemade chalkboard paint. Love it!
(If you want to recreate something similar, read this article about applying water based chalkboard paints to ceramics.)