How to Make Chalkboard Paint

How to make chalkboard paint is something that every good mother must know.  If you don’t know how to make this then you are not a good mother and must drop what you’re doing and pay attention.  OK you’re probably a good mother even if you don’t know this, but I needed to get your attention for what would otherwise be a very simple post.


  • 1 Cup of Paint in any color (I use latex paint)
  • 2 TBL of unsanded grout
  • A stir stick
  • 120 grit sandpaper
  • Chalk

Mix together the paint and unsanded grout with the stir stick.  Let dry.  Lightly sand with the fine grade sandpaper.  Wipe off any dust.  Use chalk to let the creative juices flow.

The uses of chalkboard paint are unlimited.  I use chalkboard paint to trick my children into being organized.  I recently reorganized the hall closet and used chalkboard paint labels on organizational bins.  The kids loved it so much that they actually helped.  GASP!  First we painted the bins brown all over.  While the brown was drying I mixed up some chalkboard paint in a styrofoam cup.  I then used a paint brush and just did a small swipe across the front of the bins to look like labels.  Voila….bins with chalkboard paint labels.  Of course on occasion I will go into the closet and find nice little notes left on the bins.

And there you have it.  You are now a good mother.  You’re welcome.