milk paint as a chalkboard

I keep thinking that chalkboards and chalk art are “on their way out” as far as trends go, but then I find a new way to love them.

Did you know that milk paint can be used as a “chalkboard paint”?  Well, this post is my way of telling you it can!

I learned this a few years ago when I was working on a hand painted dresser.  I like the chalk out the designs prior to painting them, so I know I like the look, movement, symmetry, etc.  As I was working on the piece, I kept wiping the chalk away, and then made new marks.

Somewhere during this process, it finally hit me.  This is a chalkboard!

Just apply milk paint (2-3 coats, so the finish is built up) and do not apply a finish.  The matte milk paint makes a perfect chalkboard surface.

The best part is that you don’t have to buy a specialty paint (that’s definitely not all natural) AND you customize the color of your chalkboard.

Lately, I’ve been in love with this “vintage green chalkboard” color recipe…

Vintage Chalkboard Collage


It looks like a darker, richer green when it’s first applied…


…and the trick to making it look like a chalkboard is to “season” it with chalk.  Rub chalk over the entire surface and then erase it with a dry cloth to retain the “smeary chalk” look.



You can use it to create a literal chalkboard, which is an economical way to fill a large, old frame (and cheap wall art, for that matter)…


…or you can make a piece of chalkboard furniture!


I love this idea for a kid’s room, because you can change the chalk art to suit their age or the room’s decor.  (And, remember you can do this on any color of paint!)


As I said in another recent post, milk paint is so versatile.  Five all natural ingredients, but a million ways to put it to good use!

3 thoughts on “milk paint as a chalkboard

  1. Michelle L

    What color is the mirror frame on the dresser painted? Farmhouse white? Thanks!

  2. Sue Gorney

    I just bought a rustic window frame mirror that I would like to turn into a chalkboard. Can you paint with milk paint right over the mirror? Do I need to prime it first or should I replace the mirror with wood? Thank you!


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