Honeysuckle Pink Chalkboard


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Step 4)  Add 1/8 teaspoon black acrylic craft paint.

Step 5) Stir for a couple minutes with a cheap paintbrush or stick.

(I’m not really left-handed, but I stink at taking pics with my left hand! ha)
This next pic is to show you that the consistency WILL BE SLIGHTLY LUMPY still. The grout is very fine, so when you brush it on, it spreads right out and isn’t noticeable at all.
 Step 6) Apply it with a sponge brush.
(Hey, look! I took a pic with my left hand!)

You will need between 1 and 3 coats depending on your medium. For my wooden calendar, I used 3 coats on top of a piece of 1/8″ MDF (I primed with Zinsser water-based primer).

As with any chalkboard paint, you will need to prep the surface once it is completely dry by rubbing a piece of chalk across the entire board (easiest if you turn the chalk on its side). Then erase completely, and it’s ready to go!

I also used it on some cardboard cereal boxes and made chalkboard Chinese take-out boxes. I’ve been planning to do this for my daughter to take to school as gifts and was excited to have some Honeysuckle to use! This time I only did one layer, and I did not prime it. I just cut the box and painted directly on the inside with the chalkboard paint. Then I used the Chinese take-out box pattern I designed (available as a free download on my blog) and cut it out.

So with that one bowl of Honeysuckle, I covered a 28″x18″ board  with three coats, and a three 12″x15″ cardboard boxes! Total cost for this chalkboard paint project is about $.35.  I can handle that.  🙂 I hope you had fun learning with me, and I’d love to see what kinds of things you chalk up in Honeysuckle (or any other color with this tutorial for that matter)! Stop by to visit. The weather is beautiful, and we LOVE tourists! Aloha, Charlie



  1. OOOOOOMMMMMMMMGGGGGG! I am definitely trying this! It seems so cool! Where do u get the non-sanded grout tho? ————————————-> BTW, u forgot the 29th on february! 🙂

    -Morgan 🙂

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  3. Hello! I have a couple of questions that I hope you can answer! The first is would it matter if I used black grout if I’m going to make a black chalkboard? I bought a bunch for a table I was making and decided to use clear resin instead, so now I’ve got ten pounds of black grout in my garage. Lol. The second question, how do you think this would work on a hard canvas? I have a few, I just don’t want to waste them and have it turn out weird because of the texture or anything. Thank you! I hope you can help!! 🙂

  4. I made a chalkboard for a Christmas present. I used a huge picture fram, and spray painted the glass with 3 coats of the spray on chalboard paint. The chalk did not write smoothly on it, so I used this method with 2 coats of non-sanded grout and black tempera paint. It turned out beautiful. The chalk wrote so smoothly and I thought my grandaughter’s Christmas present was a hit!! The problem is that when I attempt to erase, the chalk only smears. If I use a damp cloth, the black paint comes off. Does anyone have any suggestions before I toss the whole thing? Any suggestions would be be appreciated 🙂 Teri

  5. love the project. I use this method all the time. The only thing I do different is to premix the unsanded grout with a dash of water to make a paste before mixing it with the paint. It is nice and smooth and the little bit of water seems to help the paint spread better. Happy crafting!!

  6. @Teri
    Tempura paint has an egg white base which makes it dissolve in water. Next time use an acrylic paint. It has a plastic base so it will be permeant and water will be ok to use with it. It will also be a little thicker too, making it easier to have a nice finish on your final product.

  7. I was wondering if this chalk board paint is washable. I was thinking on using it on our white board considering we dont use it as what it is.

  8. Would love to have the total amount of acrylic paint used, for those that are not math minded, lol. I’m making a multi-purpose board and am going to have 1/2 of it be chalkboard so using all one color is going to be ideal.

  9. Hi! I tried this mix today -for which, by the way, thank you so much. Love the fact that you can do pretty much any color you want- and it was easy, it looks great, it works and everything. The only thing is that after, as I read in other place, “slating it” (by “lightly rubbing chalk along the surface and then lightly rubbing it off”) the surface looks far too… cloudy, if you will, as in, the chalk left a VERY noticeable trace. I tried three different ways and the less grout I used, the better it looked, that is, more clean. Or perhaps the cloth I used to rub it off was a bit too damp?
    Still, do you know what’s the answer? Because I’m afraid that using so much acrylic, when erasing the chalk, with time, the paint will peel off or something.
    Thank you so much! 🙂

  10. Just some color mixing advice, black is usually not the best color to use to darken another color as it can make it drab and dull. The best color to use to darken is the colors’ complimentary color on the color wheel. So for a pink color, you would want to add a little light green. For red, you would add green, and vice versa. For blue you would add a little orange. This will give you much richer color tones, and if you are trying for a nice rich black, mix equal parts of red and green.


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