The beauty of Habitat ReStores is that you never know what you'll find. It's like treasure hunting, looking for fabulous finds among the donations from generous people who believe in a cause. The beauty of Pinterest is that you never know what you'll learn. Put these two amazing ideas together and you've got a lifetime of grand ideas!
Our most recent idea at the ReStore was to experiment with homemade chalk board paint, a process which is actually very simple. All you need is 2 tablespoons of unsanded grout to every 1 cup of your favorite color latex or acrylic paint.
Here's what I used:
Keracolor-U unsanded grout in white. I didn't need a lot of it so this was a great solution. If you're doing an a couple of rooms in chalkboard paint or plan to use it for a lot of projects, it might be more beneficial for you to get a small bag of unsanded grout.
For paint I chose to use Folk Art Acrylic Color in Hunter Green and Yellow because I had them laying around. I squirted a good amount into a bowl and then mixed:
Once I got a color I was happy with I started applying the paint directly onto a clean, clear glass vase (picked up at the ReStore). I used a foam brush because it was all I had available, but I would recommend using a normal paint brush.
My finished product looked like this:
Now all I need are some flowers and someone to leave me a message!
Note: One thing I would recommend is to measure out the amount of grout you are using. I ended up using too much and the paint became too thick and sticky, which made vase a little rough once the paint dried.