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DIY 2-ingredient Chalkboard

Repurpose materials found around your home to create your own custom chalkboard
Prep Time5 mins
Active Time15 mins
Wait time1 d
Total Time1 d
Keyword: chalkboard, paint, diy, crafts, chalk
Yield: 1 chalkboard
Cost: $0


  • Paint brush or roller
  • Fine sanding block


  • 1 picture frame or mirror - or any flat smooth surface
  • 1/2 cup latex paint - any color
  • 1 tbsp unsanded grout - any color
  • 1 piece chalk


  • Find an old picture frame, mirror, or smooth flat surface
    diy chalkboard paint
  • Mix together 1 part latex paint to 8 parts unsanded grout
  • Apply paint/grout mixture to your surface with a brush or roller
    homemade chalkboard paint
  • Wait a few hours to dry
  • If needed, recoat with another layer of paint (mix a new batch)
  • Once dry, lightly sand with a fine sanding block
    homemade chalkboard paint
  • To prime the surface, rub a piece of chalk across the board (on its side) and wipe clean
  • Enjoy your new chalkboard!
    diy antique chalkboard


Learn how to make perfect chalkboard lettering (without any artistic ability!) in this post.