I’m totally stoked – I finally tracked down some unsanded tile grout and was able to make chalkboard paint. Here’s the elusive info:
After exhaustively searching every 五金 (hardware/dollar store) in town, I finally checked the craft store, and sure enough – unsanded tile grout. It was in the section for tile projects (unsurprisingly), you could also choose sanded or not and various colors.
So simple, but it’s taken me at least 6 mo. to find this. Anyway, followed the directions on Martha Stewart above and presto! Chalkboard paint on my refridge. I’m drooling over all the possibilities now 🙂
A couple thoughts on the whole project:
1. Read through the comments on MS – many people had clumpy paint problems. (as did I) Either add your grout to a little water before mixing it in the paint, or sift it in slowly. Either way, after sitting for a day, it will have dissolved in nicely.
2. Here’s what I did:
enlisted slave labor to clean my surface
traced my design using a projector
filled in my contrasting border color
mixed my paint using acrylic or water based black matte paint (glossy is fine, but different looking) Use 1 c. paint to 2 TB tile grout.
I did a few coats because I didn’t want holes when I sanded the surface at the end. Make sure to sand between coats or any bumps will stay where they are.
one thing I would do differently next time would be to do the finer border design in regular paint, not the chalkboard paint. It looks a bit chunky to me. I still love it! Go out and find your tile grout today 🙂