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DIY: Charming Blackboard for Kids

Craft your own chalkboard paint and create a piece that your kids will surely love

Photography: Dairy Darilag Styling: Tala Singson and Dagny Madamba

While we can always add reminders on our smartphones, nothing beats the feeling of leaving handwritten notes and sweet messages. If you're thinking of adding an accent piece in the kitchen or in your kids' bedroom, you can create a personalized blackboard!

With this piece, you can take note of deadlines, reminders, and even recipes! Make this weekend count and work on this project with your little ones.

Read the original article ("Chalky Recipe") in the February 2014 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App. Log on to for more details.



  • Old frame
  • 1/8 inch thick plywood, cut to fit frame
  • Non-sanded tile grout
  • Acrylic paint
  • Felt cloth


How to:

1. To make the chalkboard paint, mix together 1 cup of paint and 2 tablespoons of non-sanded tile grout. Stir the mixture well to avoid lumps.

2. Paint over plywood. Apply two to three coats, with at least 30 minutes drying time in between.

3. Attach the painted plywood onto the frame.

4. Condition the chalkboard paint by rubbing a chalk all over the surface. Wipe off the chalk with a felt cloth, and use a slightly damp cloth to wipe the chalkboard clean.

RL Tip: If you can’t find non-sanded tile grout, you can use regular tile grout. However, you need to sand the surface of the painted plywood with at least 400-grit sandpaper first before you condition it.

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