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make a custom color chalkboard with colored chalkboard paint

This is a project that I did over a year ago, and I’m finally getting around to sharing it with you all.  Timely, right?

We had this odd-shaped over-the-stairs closet that I converted into a play space for the twins.  In an effort to make use of every square inch, I knew I wanted to add a chalkboard and a felt board to one of the walls.

A Playroom in a Closet - she transformed a storage closet into a fully-functional play space for her twins... with a budget of only $120!

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How to Make Custom Colored Chalkboard Paint

I was inspired by this idea on pinterest and took off from there.  Since the color theme for the closet was a bit tropical, my color of choice for the chalkboard was cabana coral.  Well, last I checked, cabana coral is not a standard chalkboard paint color.  Enter: my new favorite paint craft supply: clear chalkboard paint.

clear chalkboard paint

UPDATE: Clear chalkboard paint now comes in a spray paint form.  I’m currently thinking up new projects to try with that! I clearly have an unhealthy obsession with paint…

Start with a big shopping trip to WalMart.  An oil drip pan from the automotive section will set you back about ten bucks.  Did I mention that this project is a great inexpensive chalkboard option?  Because it is!

oil drip pan

Then pop over to The Home Depot to pick up a paint sample.  I chose cabana coral.  That’s the best part about using this clear chalkboard paint – you can use literally any paint color, without having to mix grout.  Just buy an inexpensive paint sample, and you’re good to go.

cabana coral paint

Two coats with the paint sample, followed by the clear chalkboard paint.  That’s all.

How to make a magnetic color chalkboard - with colored chalkboard paint in any color

We have had the chalkboard for a year now, and it’s holding up quite well – despite the one time we thought crayon would work just as well as chalk.  But, that’s pretty normal around our house!

custom color chalkboard with colored chalkboard paint

How happy do my kiddos look?

Make a custom color magnetic chalkboard

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  2. You forgot the magnetic paint step… but love that you tried to paint the wall and then use the clear chalk. Thanks. All three make the perfect wall. Works for white erase wall too. I’m going to combine them both in my office. I love the options we have today.

  3. Hi love this idea! Do u think it would work just painting the wall a color and then the clear chalk paint over that, and not using a pan at all?

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