WFMW: DIY Chalkboard Paint


I’ve been wanting to paint my piano for years. It was given to us by a kind older couple and my son loves playing it. He’s always pecking out tunes.

But I’ve always been afraid to paint it. Because it’s A PIANO.


I’ve been hearing a lot about chalkboard paint and not just for creating chalkboards. I learned that it adheres really well to slick wood, but it’s kind of expensive.

I discovered you can add plaster of paris to the paint (1 part powder to 3 parts paint, stir very well) and make your own chalkboard paint for a lot less. So, that’s what I did a few weeks ago.

I used a self-priming paint from Home Depot and without sanding or priming, I simply painted two coats on the piano.


I like an aged look, so next, I dry brushed stain glaze and wiped it off with a damp sponge.


It took about 3-4 hours for the entire project and I love:


DIY Chalkboard paint works for me!


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    Kris says

    Looks really nice, Kristen! I also love the ‘wall words’ behind your piano!! Mind if I ask where you bought them?

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