Colorful Chalkboard Paint Glasses

Colorful glasses made with homemade chalkboard paint.
We all know that chalkboard paint is everywhere right now. There’s no denying it. It’s on walls, doors, tables, picture 
frames, dressers, refrigerators, washing machines, bottles, jars, vases, serving trays, motorcycle helmets, and I kid you not,
I’ve even seen it on cars. CARS…in the plural! 
Clearly, this is a trend. Have you all learned how I feel about trends yet? 
Bonus points if you said they’re just not my thing! Cuz they’re not. And I have to admit that the whole chalkboard mania is one of my least favorites. Just think back to junior high…I’ll give you a second…Do you remember all that dust?! Who honestly thinks painting one of the walls/doors of their house with that stuff isn’t a giant mess waiting to happen? Just imagining it makes me squirm. Sure the kid’s love it, but they’re also equally impressed with the sidewalk…outside…where I don’t have to clean it up! 
Anyway I digress. Chalkboard = trendy = not my thing. That’s what you need to know.
I also mentioned recently that my Aunt is my complete opposite. I love her, but it’s true. Knowing that, 
any guesses what the first project she wanted me to make for my little cousin’s sweet sixteen party was? 
Ding, ding, ding…chalkboard glasses… in rainbow colors!
Black Chalkboard Glasses: Just Short of Crazy
I can almost guarantee that if you’ve been on Pinterest any time in the past year, 
you’ve seen this pin, or at least one very similar. And you’ve probably also seen this one…
Martha Stewart's chalk paint recipe
Wow, Martha Stewart (knower of everything crafty) is going to tell you how to make 
chalkboard paint in any color imaginable! Let’s just combine the two pins. This’ll be so simple!
Chalkboard Glasses Fail
Wait what?! How can that be?
Flat latex paint + non-sanded grout = chalkboard paint. I know it does.
It’s all over Pinterest, and this recipe came straight from Martha, it can’t be wrong!
Blame it on user error, humidity, the brand of paint, whatever you’ve got, but I tried three different batches,
and they all came out looking crumbly and gross just like these pink ones. Total definition of an Epic Fail right there!
Now this is the point where a sane normal person would realize “Hey, they make chalkboard paint in different colors. Let’s go buy some of that!” But of course, I am not one of those normal people. My Aunt had 5 quarts of paint custom tinted to match the tablecloths for the party, and I’ll be darned if I’m going to make her spend extra money because a little paint is getting the better of me! 
Chalkboard Glasses Fail
So after peeling all the bad paint off the sixteen or so absolutely terrible glasses, 
I began the trial and error experiments that eventually led me to this…
* drum roll please*

My ridiculously over complicated ten step tutorial about how to make
homemade chalkboard paint stick to glasses, even though you know you really
should just save yourself the trouble and buy the good stuff anyway! 
(Did anyone else read that in Kermit the frog’s voice? No, never mind then.)
Step one: Cover the glass with saran wrap and tape leaving only the area where you want the chalkboard paint exposed. Wipe the glass down with rubbing alcohol to clean off any dirt and oil.
Prepping glasses for chalkboard paint
Step two: Prime the heck out of those glasses!
I used Kilz, but any spray on primer should work.
Priming glasses for chalkboard paint
 Step three: While the primer is drying, assemble your supplies.
flat latex paint – non-sanded grout – a tablespoon – a measuring cup – two small bowls – a stir stick
Supplies needed to make chalkboard paint
Step four: Measure out 1/2 cup of paint into one of your bowls.
In the other bowl mix 1 1/2 tablespoons of grout with 1/12 tablespoons of water.
You want the grout to be completely mixed into the water. Thinner than pancake mix and more like syrup.
Mixing grout for chalkboard paint
 Step five: Add the grout/water mix to the paint and stir well.
I painted eight glasses with each color, but this should be enough paint to make at least a dozen.
Chalk Paint
Step six: Dip your primed glasses into the paint mix
Dipping glasses in chalkboard paint
 Use your stir stick to help make sure everything is good and covered.
Chalkboard glasses in any color
Step seven : Allow as much of the excess paint to dip off as possible. 
Chalkboard paint glasses in any color
If any small bubbles appear, pop them by blowing on them gently.
Air bubbles in chalk paint

Step eight: Set your glasses on a piece of waxed paper to dry.
Drying rack for painted wine glasses

Or if you’re really picky you can rig up a special drying box like I did. I used a hole punch to make slots in a box, and then used the holes to support tiny dowel rods that would suspend my glasses.

 I know this might seen a bit excessive, but I already had the dowel rods for the photo booth props I was making.

Crying rack for painted wine glasses
Step nine: Gently peel off the tape.
Colorful chalkboard paint glasses

Step ten: Realize that this is far more effort than you want/need to spend on a project like this, and go buy yourself some ready-made chalkboard paint. I even found a few good options for you. Rustoleum, Martha Stewart, and FolkArt.

Colorful chalkboard paint glasses

What do you think? Is chalkboard paint overrated or the most awesome trend out there?

Do you have a favorite brand of paint, or do you make your own?

And if you just so happen to have a chalkboard wall/door/car at your house 

I’d love to know if I’m wrong about the mess! 

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19 thoughts on “Colorful Chalkboard Paint Glasses

    1. Ha! I remember reading that awhile back. I do think the concept is cute, but the reality of it just doesn't live up to the idea. Especially when you have ugly handwriting like I do! ;D

    1. I'm just glad I was able to figure it out in the end! Most of the problem was probably because I was painting on glass. You know it would have worked the first time if I was trying to paint my kitchen! (yuck) 😀

    1. Thanks Jessica, I definitely wanted to a few times! But since it was for family I kept at it. Luckily I started testing it out back in February, so I had plenty of time to avoid them while I tried to figure it all out! 😀

  1. wow! these turned out great! I, however, am not one for over the top projects if it fails the first time, go out and buy the stuff, lol. Props to you for sticking with it and not giving up! They turned out awesome! Pinning this!

    I found your blog from the Someday Crafts linky party

    1. Thanks Jenna! The kids all seemed to like them, so I guess that's what counts. Half of them probably sent them through the dishwasher and ruined them, but I try not to think about that. ;D

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