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Homemade Chalkboard Drawers

As a college student with a constant urge to craft, a brain that doesn’t stop thinking, and a little free time, I scoured the internet looking for a way to spruce up my three drawer plastic rolly storage unit, a standard on the college packing list.  Although they come in a multitude of colors, shapes , and sizes, I was bored and thought why not add a little labeling system to the whole thing and paint them with some chalkboard paint.

I didn’t have chalkboard paint.  So I scoured the internet, and ended up creating my own mixture from what I found.

I decided on no recipe.  Kind of how I do the rest of my cooking and concocting, I fix and mix until it looks about right.

So for the chalkboard paint, I started with paint.  I used acrylic, but for my no-recipe recipe, I honestly would have used whatever I had and just hoped it wouldv’e come out ok.  I mean except for the obvious, you want to avoid watercolors, face paint, and washable.  In my opinion, you want either a wall paint or acrylic.

To about 1/2 cup of of the paint, you want about 3 tablespoons unsanded grout. Which is basically like dry powder grout.

Just mix it all together. It should be thicker and look like it has crumbs and bumps all the way through.

Ok so now that you have your paint, you need to prepare your drawers.

You want to tape off the edges so you have a clean front and no smears on the sides of the drawer.

I chose to have a border, just to have a little visual interest, but if you just want a plain rectangle on the front, then you can skip this.   For the border, tape off a line  on the inside so you can just paint on a line.  If you choose to cut regular tape in half so its a little skinnier, make sure you use the outside clean cut edges for the areas you want to paint.  That way it will be nice and smooth.

Paint it once or twice so it looks nice and solid.

Next your going to tape out the area for the center part.  Make sure, again, you use the straight part of the tape on the side of the area your are going to paint, so it comes out clean.  And obviously you want to move the tape so your border has space, but you can space it however you want.

Especially here, I would make sure it’s nice and thick.

If it starts to peel when you take the tape off, it happened to me too.  You want to peel the tape when the paint is wet so that if it does peel, you can paint it back on.  Once its dry, as long as its thick, it should be good to go.

Next, you cover it in chalk.  I did green so it popped a little, but keep in mind, there will be permenant residue from whatever color chalk you choose so keep that in mind.

It doesn’t need to be thick, just covered. So you can just move the powder around with a dry paper towel.  Then let it set. It must set, or the paint will start to come off. When you go to wipe it off with a wet paper towel this time, if you see pink (or whatever color your paint is) , its too early and your chalk should sit longer.

When all your finished, even if it doesn’t come out perfect, as mine did not, it still really spruces up your basic triple plastic drawer set.  It adds some coverage, creativity, visual interest, and even a little country flair.

Its some definite magic.