Honeysuckle Pink Chalkboard


1Honeysuckle Pink Chalkboard Tutorial


I’m Charlie (pink Charlie…not blue Charlie), and I’m visiting from Oahu today! I just started a little blog called Attempting Aloha to chronicle our renovations on the home we recently purchased here. But my crafts sort of crept in and took over!ย  I’m a chronic crafter and DIY’er, but I’m learning to live the “Aloha” life. ๐Ÿ™‚
Today I’m going to teach you how to make your very own Honeysuckle chalkboard paint. FROM SCRATCH! Yep, I first learned the secret ingredient from the craft queen herself via her Martha Stewart Living Magazine.ย  In their version, they used a flat paint like you would purchase in the paint section at a hardware store, but I really just wanted a smaller quantity to do a few Honeysuckle accents around my house and for Valentine’s gifts, so I thought I’d do some experimenting on my own with regular old acrylic craft paints and different proportions.
Here’s what you will need:
Dry Non-Sanded Grout (purchased this huge tin at our local City Mill hardware store for $1.50…this will probably last me forever)
Acrylic craft paints -White, Black, and Bright Magenta (Apple Barrel line by Plaid, found at Wal-mart)
NOTE: Our craft stores here on the island are somewhat lacking, so I wasn’t able to find anything perfectly matching Honeysuckle. I will give you my “formula” with those combined colors.
Measuring spoons and cups
Mixing cup or bowl
Paint brush or stick to stir
Step 1) Measure 1 1/2 teaspoons of the non-sanded grout and put in your mixing cup (this is very dusty, so please do this in a well-ventilated area).

Step 2) Pour in 1/4 cup of theย  Pepto Bismol Bright Magenta craft paint.

Step 3) Add 1 1/2 teaspoons of white acrylic craft paint.

At that point, I really liked the color, but I was going for perfection, and I had the Pantone website up and was trying my very best to match what I saw on the screen. I could tell I needed to mute it slightly with some black.

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  1. LOVE this idea! There are only so many color options when you buy premade chalkboard paint, but now I can make it whatever color I want…perfect! Oh, and apparently I’m the only one who didn’t know honeysuckle was the color of the year – crap.

  2. I tried this on an old framed mirror. It looked great, however, my daughter wanted to use the chalk markers instead of actual chalk. The only way to remove the “markers” is to use a damp rag. In doing so, the paint became soft and exposed the mirror in a few places. Do you have any ideas or suggestions to remedy this?

  3. Cami- That is usually an issue with any “craft paint”. What would work best for this is an exterior flat paint. They are designed to take a beating by the elements and stand up to scrubbing. In fact, I have used flat exterior pain in my dining room because I can actually scrub it without worrying about ruining the finish.

    Look for mark down paint at your local hardware store, they are generally willing to re-tint it for free.

  4. Are you adding the black and white to get the perfect shade of pink you are wanting or is it necessary regardless of the color.. asking cause I tried this and for some reason I’m not having good luck =[ Lol.. and the only thing I did dif was used an orange and left the black and white out..

  5. What a fabulous tut, what a money saver, I’ve looked so often at the Tattered Angels chalk paints, but they were just not affordable for me at this time, although I LOVE their Glimmer Mist. This will allow me to try some projects I’ve been wanting to do. Have you tried it on fabric?

  6. I want to do a platter and just want the color to be black. Can I just combine all the amounts you used in the pink, white and black and that be the amount of black paint I should use? Also I want to be able to reuse with chalk board over and over so should I get exterior flat paint instead of the acrylic then? Thanks for your help with this! I can’t wait to do this!

  7. I plan to paint an old cookie sheet with my grand daughter so she can put it on her wall. she can then either use chalk or magnets to hold her treasures….thanks so much

  8. This is FABULOUS!! My daughter is feeling punky and is home from school today – she was next to me on the bed and saw this…and now she’s moving around her room naming off all the things ‘we’ can do with chalkboard paint, lol!!

    Oh, don’t forget, though…2012 is leap year…you need a Feb. 29 on there! ๐Ÿ˜€

  9. Saw and repinned this on Pinterest..What a fab idea..and to think we were STUCK with boring old Black chalkboard for the rest of our days. Blessings on you for posting this! BIG HUGS and ALOHA! x LN

  10. Wow that’s great. Wish I had seen this before I went all over Western Mass looking for colored chalk board paint. I was looking for this exact color. Found one small container for 5$ in a clearance bin, but it has also gone far. Made a chalk board in my daughters room on her closet door. As well as one in my kitchen! Will remember this for the next color I need. I need to fix the chalk boards on my daycare easels.

  11. Your a genius girl, but you were a little vague when it came to telling us if you primed the MDF before you even started your project. And if everything you paint with chalkboard paint needs to be primed ? And if you wanted to wipe off the paint do you use a wet cloth ? Also if you wanted to make it look a little used can you use sand paper after you have finished painting it ? Thanks

  12. Awesome. Repainted a double sided A frame chalk board yesterday and a wooden tool carrier in black. It is so cool and works like a charm. Thanks so much for sharing. Wonder if I can use this paint to re-purpose old furniture and then use a wax. Shabby chic?

  13. Do you think not rubbing it with chalk then erasing it will make a difference? I did this with wall paint and forgot to —————————> rub it wiht chalk then erase and it left a faded stain after I did that and left it on for about an hour…

  14. Now that I have converted all of my classroom chalkboards to whiteboards, I want to make this on the wall behind my desk! A little personal honeysuckle pink chalkboard:) Now, what did I do with all of that chalk????? Thanks for sharing this easy, peasy craft!


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