Custom Color Homemade Chalkboard Paint and Wall…
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I remember back a couple of years ago when I was shopping in an antique store and I spied a beautiful rust-colored cow-head bust. Its’ sweet face really captivated me and I considered buying it. Reality struck…where was it going to go? It’s too expensive. Are you crazy? As time went on, I often thought about Bessie – the name I gave my cute cow. I don’t even know why I gave her that name…it’s my grandmothers name! Maybe because my grandmother was a sweet, gentle and kind lady.
Not long after this shopping venture, I discovered Decor Steals – an online shop that offers a Deal of the Day sale of a select item in a flash sale. Lo and behold on one particular day – you guessed it – there was a sweet cow looking at me from my iPad screen. The price was less than half of the one I saw in the antique shop. But, my fingers didn’t work quick enough and it sold out before I could purchase it. As ironic as it sounds – Decor Steals also calls this cow Bessie…or Flossie.
Anyway, after Christmas this year Decor Steals had another flash sale offering for Bessie and this time I didn’t hesitate – I bought her. I didn’t know where she was going to be displayed or even what room she would be placed in…I just bought her! Last week she arrived and she is beautiful!
As soon as I opened the box I knew exactly where she was going to hang in honor in our home. Being that our house is an open-concept layout, wall space is scarce. There is a small narrow wall near our back garage door that leads into the kitchen area that I knew would be a perfect place for Bessie. I also knew that I was going to paint this wall with chalkboard paint. I din’t want the chalkboard to be black or green, which are the standard pre-made colors. I have made chalkboard paint before and you can make it in any color that your heart desires.
- One cup of latex paint
- 2 Tablespoons unsanded tile grout
- 2 Teaspoons of Water
- **Foam roller**
The success to this mixture is making it one cup at a time.
Blend all of the above ingredients until all lumps are removed.
Mix very well.
Begin painting. A foam roller works best.
Stir together being very sure to remove all of the lumps. Immediately paint the area that you would like to be chalkboard. It dries very quickly but let it sit for 24 hours before you begin using as a chalkboard.
Mix until all lumps are removed. I had this gray paint leftover from another house project and I love the color.
At first I was going to use the sponge brush to paint the wall, but then I decided to try using the paint roller. Boy, am I glad that I did! After I collected my materials together, this project was complete in just 8 minutes! The paint and unsanded tile grout mix quickly and this wall was flat and unobstructed so it made for very quick painting.
I used just one cup of the paint mixture to complete this wall…
…I couldn’t wait to hang Bessie on the wall the next day. It was hard being that patient 🙂
I quickly set to work adding some graphics to my brand new chalkboard wall…
I am super happy with my custom color chalkboard wall and more importantly I love Bessie! She adds such warmth and charm to an unused wall. The chalk cleans up off the wall like a dream too! I can’t believe I waited so long to create a feature wall like this…but I guess I just needed inspiration to strike 🙂
Do you have a chalkboard feature wall in your home. If you do, we would love to see it. If not, this is an easy project to try and we hope you do!
Vicki, girl the amount of possibilities this opens is endless! I have both of these items in my garage right now and I can’t wait to get started. You’re an inspiration and Bessie is a lucky cow!
I know CoCo! Isn’t it fun to think of all of the things you could cover with chalkboard paint…in any color that you want?! And I do love Bessie very much 🙂
Cool cow! I saw it on Decor Steals and was tempted… I have an unrelated question: How did you get the plate hanger to stay on your platter? I attempted to hang a platter this weekend, but the hanger would not stay on because of the curved shape. I bent it with no luck, it would still pop right off. Saw yours and had to ask! Thanks!
Hey there Cathy…
Hmm…I’m not quite sure why your plate hanger isn’t staying on the plate. To me it sounds like a sizing issue of the hanger. When I hung this platter I used an ordinary hanger from Home Depot – the ones displayed on cardboard. Have you tried using different sized ones?
Even though my platter is curved the hanger fits very snugly. Good luck and let us know how it goes.
Vicki, oh my gosh when you were mentioning chalkboard paint, I had no idea you made it yourself. That is awesome and I have always wondered how to make it. Our Michaels is the only place nearby that carries it and it’s a lot of moolah for a teeny bottle so thank you for the fab tutorial. Your wall is fabulous and how fun is cute Bessie. have a great day, Lisa
Hey there Lisa! Thank you so much! I must say, the chalkboard wall is currently my fave part of my house. I love that you can create the chalkboard paint in any color of paint that you want. It’s a great thing to do with leftover paint! And…I’m in love with Bessie!
I love this! I did it too one time, fun and easy! I love your blog too! xo
Hi Colette! So glad you dropped by! Don’t you just love experimenting with Chalkboard Paint? I know we do 🙂
Thank you again for linking up at Something To Talk About! Your Valentine banner is so cute! We sincerely hope you link up again next week!
Have a great day 🙂
Isn’t funny how we see things, and then they stick with us until we finally get a chance to bring it all together? Bessie is one lucky lady! The possibilities of this custom chalkboard paint are endless ~ and it’s all about the color 🙂 Great job Vicki!! Bwg ~~~
Cute! I love how Bessie looks up there 🙂
I’ve never bought from Decor Steals, but I love their sister company, Antique Farmhouse. They both have such unique items. Normally, I’m too late when I find something I want, too, though 🙂 Bessie looks like she found a fantastic home on your wall!
I love Bessie!! And your recipe for chalkboard paint too!
This is so awesome to have this recipe now. I love the chalk paint but it can be so expensive to have different colors. I will definitely be using this in the future. Thanks for sharing at the Motivational Monday Link Party!
Bethany from The Southern Couture
So I love Bessie – she is fabulous! And that color of chalkboard paint is perfect! Thanks so much for linking up at Motivational Monday. Hope to see you linked up again tonight!
I love this color! I really need a chalkboard wall in my kitchen.
The cowhead is so cool. I discovered Decor Steals about a week ago, and my credit card is not enjoying it! Haha
I’m loving this chalkboard wall – and Bessie, too! Thanks so much for sharing your chalkboard paint recipe at the Talented Tuesday Link Party! So glad you stopped by!
I love this Vicki! The only hard part is convincing my husband to let me do chalk paint on our walls. I’m featuring you this week at our Talented Tuesday party. I hope you can join us!