Unless you've been living under a rock for the last year, you've probably noticed the new obsession with chalkboard paint around craft land.

We even decided to go crazy during a recent room makeover for our son and dedicated an entire wall to chalkboard paint. One problem: no one told us beforehand how much chalkboard paint costs. Apparently, the stuff is a rare mineral.

I wanted my son’s room to look like Better Homes and Gardens had designed and executed a design plan. At $25 a quart, a $100 paint job for a single wall was just too much.

An employee from a local hardware store stepped in with ideas to cut the cost. The finished product works just as well at a fraction of the price.

You Need

  • 1 Tbsp. Non-Sanded Grout (A five-pound bag is under $6 at Home Depot.)
  • ½ Cup paint (Acrylic paint is .89 or less at Walmart.)
  • A container
  • A stir stick
  • A piece of chalk

The Steps

  • Combine the ingredients in the container and break up any clumps.
  • Apply the paint to the surface area with a paint brush.
  • Allow the paint to dry for at least two hours.
  • Rub the chalk all over the paint and then lightly wipe off.

This recipe makes about a half a cup, but if you're like me and have tons of leftover paint from painting your home, the five-pound bag of grout can go a long way.

This has been a guest post by August from Granite Falls, NC
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DIY Chalkboard Paint