DIY Chalkboard Paint Pin Test

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You had to know, with the popularity of Pinterest, there would soon follow blogs spoofing, analyzing and testing pins.  My favorite right now is Pinstrosity.  There are definitely more bad results than good, but they actually take the time to figure out why it might have failed.  They are currently holding a contest to try out pins from their “To Test” board and write about it.  I happened to find out about this while I was completely alone in the house, always dangerous, so I found a pin and joined the fray.

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I went with the How to Mix Chalkboard Paint in any Color from A Beautiful Mess.  I looked at several others, but I had a few rules for myself.  1.  I was NOT going to the store.  Whatever I made, the supplies had to be in my house already.  2.  There had to be actual directions to follow.  There were a couple of interesting projects, but they were more inspiration than instruction.  3.  It had to be something I might actually use in the end.

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Now, you might look at the supply list for the paint and think “Unsanded grout, already in your house?  Really?”  Yep.  My husband is a fixer, and the box was sitting right there on a shelf in our garage.  It was meant to be.

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Brown might not have been my first choice for paint color, but the instructions called for 1/2 cup of paint and my options were pretty limited.  I mixed in a little yellow to lighten it up, but it still looks like brownie batter.  Not bad, but it kinda made my hungry.

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It doesn’t say how many coats of the paint to apply in the directions, but I used three.  I had a LOT of paint, so I figured I’d go heavy.  One was definitely not enough, as I could still see through it, but I probably could have stopped at two.  I had quite a bit of paint left, so this would be enough to paint a pretty large project.

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My biggest issue with this was that there were still lumps of grout in the paint that I didn’t see, even after much stirring.  I’d recommend using a shorter, wider container than I did so it’s easier to tell when all the lumps have disappeared.  There are a few bumps on the project because of it, but overall nothing really that noticeable.

I nearly turned this into a disaster before I was finished. As I’m painting I thought “Hmm, I wonder if I should add a clear coat to protect it at the end.” To my chalkboard paint. Yeah. Follow. The. Directions.

The best part is that I finished painting the tray and realized we had no chalk in the house.  Beautiful.

Technically, I still didn’t leave the house to get supplies.  I got my oldest child to do it for me.  Chalk in hand, I proceeded to slate the surface, as the directions stated, by rubbing the entire thing lightly with chalk.  That’s when I remembered why I probably got rid of every bit of chalk we had – it’s messy.

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It then says to rub lightly to remove the chalk.  This is after rubbing vigorously with a paper towel.

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Do you ever watch Mythbusters?  I feel like this is one of those where they end their myth test with “Plausible.”  The potential for a good project is there, I just don’t feel like I nailed it.  Next time I would choose a lighter paint color and confine the chalkboard to the inside bottom of the tray.  However, the whole point is to be able to make your own chalkboard paint and to that I can say “Confirmed.”

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Thanks to Pinstrosity for letting me spend a little time on their playground!

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