Still waiting on the Mod Podge- it’s due Wednesday. Next time I’ll just order the Hard Coat and go to Wal-Mart for my regular Gloss.
I am managing to make a little progress. Work on the Nook is somewhat low priority right now because my daughter has an ear infection and is a cranky little mess (not napping!), but I have still found time here and there to work on small projects. Yesterday I put chalkboard labels on a bunch of plastic storage boxes, and I used paint that I made myself.
Why make your own chalkboard paint? For one, you aren’t limited by whatever colors the manufacturers choose to make. The paint I made for this project was just black, but I have made teal too! But for me it’s also about making do with what you have. With no craft stores in the area, I couldn’t find brush-on chalkboard paint in anything smaller than a quart bucket, and only in black. I could find tile grout at the hardware store, though!
The recipe is simple: 1/2 Tablespoon un-sanded tile grout to every 1/4 cup paint.
I mix mine in old baby food jars. Not only do they seal after, but if you are using 4oz jars, you don’t have to measure your paint! The jar already holds the required 1/4 cup. It saves me the trouble of washing paint out of my nice measuring cups.
You get to see a peek of my mess. This is why I need so much organizing done…
As you can see, I didn’t get a good seal on my painter’s tape and had a lot of leaks around the edges. I tried scraping off the excess but I was getting scratches on my box. I’m trying to think up a solution but in the meantime I am charging forward. I’ve got more organizing to do!