Tuesday Ten: Chalk It Up

Chalkboards aren’t just for classrooms. Don’t believe me? Well ladies, be prepared to snag a box of chalk because blackboards have graduated to bigger and chicer things… and they are headed straight for your home! Thanks to chalkboard paints, you can make your mark on everything from flower vases to living room walls. Speaking of living rooms–my roommates and I painted a wall in our living room with chalkboard paint. We write silly messages to one another on it and update it with fun drawings too. A few months ago, we drew this flag for the 4th of July:


Pretty cool, right?

Now, you may be thinking, “I don’t think I want to paint an entire wall of my home like a chalkboard that will remind me of my 2nd grade classroom.” And you don’t have to. There are plenty of ways to incorporate this fun idea into your home. Here are a few ideas:

Grocery or shipping lists…



A message board…


Or, use it to label things!


Other ideas for chalk paint:

  • vases
  • tabletops (Could be fun for guests!)
  • wall calendar
  • the base of your wine glasses (to label with names)

The traditional in-store paints only come in classic shades of black or green. However, I recently discovered that you can make your own batch of the paint in any shade!

Here’s how to make your own chalkboard paint in just 10 simple steps courtesy of the only and only, Martha Stewart

Note: You will probably have to make a trip to your local home improvement store. I can’t imagine anyone has “unsanded tile grout” just laying around.

What you need…

  • flat-finish latex paint in any color
  • unsanded tile grout
  • paint stirrer
  • paint roller or sponge paintbrush
  • 150-grit sandpaper
  • sponge

Instructions (as listed in Martha Stewart Living, January 2007)

  1. Pour 1 cup of paint into a container.
  2. Add 2 tablespoons of unsanded tile grout into paint.
  3. Mix with a paint stirrer, carefully breaking up clumps.
  4. Apply paint with a roller or sponge paintbrush to a primed or painted surface.
  5. Work in small section, going over the same spot several times to ensure even coverage.
  6. Let dry.
  7. Smooth area 150-grit sandpaper.
  8. Wipe off dust.
  9. Rub the side of a piece of chalk all over the entire painted surface.
  10. Lastly, wipe away chalk residue with a barely damp sponge.

What are you going to paint?

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XO Lauren

Photos: countryliving, marthastewart, marthastewart, funkybeardecor
Categories: Craft, Decorate, Lauren Conrad, Tuesday Ten
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  • Abby Teigland

    I’ve found that this is alternative from Urban Outfitters easier than painting a chalkboard on the wall! Removable if neccessary!


  • Karleigh Sergio

    That is awesome! And such a great way to bring back a childhood favourite that WONT disappear when it rains πŸ˜‰

  • Melissa Panici

    This is way too cool! I have some pondering to do about what I am going to paint! Thanks Lauren!

  • tinamarie

    LOVE this idea!! especially with the glasses, i’m usually the host for my friends & i believe i will steal this idea for the next party!!

  • Corryn Batykefer

    oh my word! I absolutly love it on the kitchen door for a grocery list. this is a great idea and the picture prove that it can look creative and artsy vs childish if you do it right.


  • Laura Edwards

    This is an excellent idea. In the UK we also have adhesive chalkboard stickers that can be applied to almost any surface, then peeled off and repplied elsewhere when you get bored / need to move it. I have some up in my ensuite that I use to write messages to my boyfriend on. Corny I know, but it goes down a treat!

  • Jessica Anne

    Check out this adorable chalkboard planter as well!


  • Juan C Montalvo

    omg!! This is soo awesome!!!!!!!!!!! I love it!!! definitely gotta try it.

  • Kellie Norton

    I’m loving this! What a fun idea!! Unfortunately, we can’t paint any walls in our apartment (bummer) but I’m sure we’ll come up with some fun ideas for all of our guests to enjoy :)

  • Jessica Melkerson

    LOVE THIS. I use chalk boards from http://www.wallcandyarts.com, they’re absolutely fantastic cause they just stick to your wall and you can move them around! I’m totally gonig to try this out!

  • Kristi Bucksbarg

    Love this! I just did a post on this recently as well {even the same title}! My favorite was the cheese tray I made! So much fun! xo


  • Chelsea Ferguson

    I love this idea. I have seen it in so many magazines this year. Such a modern approach to a vintage and classic element.

  • Nicole Mathew

    We have chalkboard bubbles above our desks in my office. We have a “”question of the day”” we answer each morning.. makes the culture more fun and creates conversation! :) We used chalkboard spray paint for ours. You can also buy some chalkboard paint at major hardware stores and have them tinted with color.

  • Nicole Mathew

    Here’s a link to a photo of my chalkboard bubble at work, from yesterday — http://www.laurenconrad.com/photo/view/14440/1980/8831/1

  • yamine malacon

    love it!

  • Heather Kidd

    can’t wait to try this! I want to make a spot in my kitchen for grocery and to do lists! AND, because my boyfriend owns a flooring company, I DO have unsanded tile grout at my house! haha

  • Chalk Talk Glass

    If you love the look of the glasses with chalkboard paint but don’t have the time or patience to do them yourself check out http://www.ChalkTalkGlass.com We have several designs for Wine and Pint glasses. These make great hostess gifts!

  • maria bissilka

    love this.!!!!!!!!!!!..it’s so so cute.!!..:DD

  • Vanessa Turkel

    I love the chalkboard idea! I so want that when I get my own place.

    I especially love the chalk on the glasses, that’s a very original idea, just seems kinda difficult to get it on the glasses, nevermind getting it off.

  • Michela Garau

    OMG! I love this idea! I really love it… I would have it in my room to rember all things to do… I saw chalkboards in the kitchen and in a restaurant wall in the tv-series Brothers & Sisters and I loved the idea…. thanks for this wonderful post.


  • Kelby Peachey

    I saw on pinterest a few weeks ago that they used chalkboard place mats and wrote the names of guests on it. Perfect for Thanksgiving or as a wedding idea!!

  • Shaden Abu-Hammad

    When I grow up, move to my own house I’m totally getting once of those :) I really like this idea <3

  • Shaden Abu-Hammad


  • Allie Jard

    I painted the chalkboard paint in my room about a year ago.

    It’s the border in my room and all my friends love to write on it!

    Love it! :)


  • Marie Luise

    I have to over come your imagination (hope i said that right), because i have unsanded tile grout at home πŸ˜€ but only because we did your bathroom completly new.
    I also have some chalk color here but didn’t had the time jet to draw a part of my wall, but i will!

  • Jennifer Sellen

    i think this is such a cool idea… especially on the door to write notes. i know as soon as i have kids i am going to paint one wall in their bedroom that they can write all over… cuz you have to admit writing on walls is kinda fun lol. thanks for the tips Lauren xoxo always

  • Kiwi

    i always had chalkboard paint but never knew what to do with it! This really gave me a bunch of ideas!

  • Andrea Coba

    speaking of chalk, take a look at this! It’s amazing how skillful this chalk guy is:


  • Flavia Roque

    Oh My God ! I want Chalkboards all over my house !

  • Lindsay Jewell

    Chalkboard paint turns vintage picture frames/mirrors into vintage chalk boards!


  • Andry Paez

    amaziiing!!!! But there are paintings thats do it without all that problem… if you are lazy I mean… hahahha


  • June Mae Trecho

    great idea! I can use this tip in renovating our kitchen door and place somelike chalk board on it so that I will not forget to write down lists for shoppindg and groceries!

  • Vivian De La Cruz

    That be so cool. I would love to have a chalkboard wall in my room:)

  • Monica Castillo

    So cool!! Saw the wall idea on tv once

  • Valerie

    So awesome.. I LOVE it for the inside door of the pantry.

  • Stefani Williams

    would love to do this but I don’t know if my apartment complex lets me paint walls! any other temporary solutions?

  • Sofie Parmentier

    What a great idea!!

  • smf2

    awesome idea! that’s gonna be so fun

  • Dess

    cool (: love the grocery list thing

  • Carmen Farrel

    I actually think im in need of this throughout my day and life!!!!

  • Chalk Talk Glass

    We make and sell Chalkboard Wine and Pint glasses as gifts. Check out all our designs at http://www.chalktalkglass.com

  • Finn

    this is really cool!!!!

  • corin coons

    i love this idea! a couple of years ago i painted the back of my entire bedroom door. when ever i have friends over, someone always leaves a goofy message or picture. Its so much fun!

  • Renos Fy

    awesome idea! that’s gonna be so fun and beautiful


  • Demi Aroha Ratcliffe

    i love it! i have whiteboard walls and magnetic walls, its great! x

  • Stephanie Ramos

    i’m gonna try this out! ill submit the picture once its done!

  • Lindsay Amos

    *You can get tge store-bought versions in magnetic form, too. Dual functionality!

  • Kimberly Reed

    I just love these Halloween Owl and Raven Chalkboard Place Cards!! at http://www.Potterybarn.com

  • Sailor Barton

    i did this a few years ago in my bedroom but to some windows that looked out to an ugly view. Its awesome and everyone loves to come in an write on it and it keeps my bedroom dark!

  • Taylor Carr-Howard

    I bought a chalkboard, and framed it with an antique frame- it makes for perfect wall-at@

  • Raquel de Paula

    OMG! I blogged about it on august,24! http://quellove.wordpress.com/2011/08/24/um-toque-de-charme-na-decoracao/

    To be in sync with Lauren ideas? Love it!!!

  • Laura Gaspard

    Lauren: I created my magnetized chalkboard wall in my living room after my husband knocked out a set of terrible shelves that I hated. The wall is actually magnetized too! I get so many compliments on it when anyone walks in my home! It’s definitely a creative “”feature wall””

    My wall was also featured on 2 other home decor blogs!


    Laura Gaspard

  • Laura Sakale

    I have always wanted something like that in my room! Thanks for the ideas!

  • Stephanie Ramos

    not done yet, still need the edges, but i’m so in love with my wall. thanks for the inspiration to do something creative with my room!


  • Laura Santalucia

    i absolutely love all these chic styled interiors! very inspirational :)

  • kenjay

    This is so cool! Where do I find this paint?

  • Lauren Amato

    I really love the idea of putting on the fridge! I keep a notepad to write things when they run out but this would be less wasteful than using all that paper!

  • Courtney

    I took an old large hard canvas painting that my parents were going to throw out and sanded down all the rough parts. I painted over the entire pianting with chalkboard paint and also brushed the frame with some metallic silver to give it an antiqued look. :) I never bought a headboard or footboard for my bed but always wanted one, so this worked out perfectly!

    Here’s my picture:


  • Lacey Mason

    Sidewalk chalk is also being used to add temporary color to hair right now!!

  • kenjay


  • Leanne OMalley

    Bought my chalkboard paint on amazon, just started making some tea/coffee/sugar jars for my home, theyre looking really cool at the moment and i havent even written on them. got the jars from ikea they were a bargain!

  • Courtney Hoctor
  • brittany echols

    a chalk board would look great in a dorm room to give it a vintage appeal

  • Kylie Miller

    So coool! I didn’t know you could make chalk paint at home! Check out my blog: http://thechicstreetblog.blogspot.com/

  • MsRachelLane

    I love this!!!

  • http://dbakeca.com Dbakeca Italia

    This is beautiful and inspiring. Love the idea!


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