Review | Martha Stewart Chalkboard Paint

Reported by Christian Tamez

One of the first Martha Stewart Paints products that I wanted to try was the chalkboard paint. For as long as I can remember I’ve loved chalkboards and chalk and anything involving the two. Martha’s chalkboard paint comes in 6 oz bottles available in four different colors: black, grey, blue, and green.

For my first project I decided to paint some terra cotta flower pots so that I could label their contents and organize some of my bulkier items. This was one of the suggested products for the paint, and since I had an abundance of flower pots, I thought it would be a great way to test out the new paint.

Leaving the top rim of the flower pot plain terra cotta, and using the black color, I painted on the first coat, and set it to dry. The paint coated the surface well, and was easy to work with. The paint itself, I thought, was not too thick and not too thin, I had no worries of drips or splatters from this paint.

In between applying the different coats of paint (3 total), I was happy to find that the paint easily washed out of my brush with water, and left no stain whatsoever in my kitchen sink.

You’re instructed to wait an hour between coats and to let the painted project dry completely for at least 24 hours. Once the paint is completely dry you’re supposed to cure the paint by rubbing chalk over the surface of your project. Then you’re ready to draw, label, sketch, whatever you want on the flower pots.


For my second project I got a 2′ x 2′ piece of plywood from the hardware store and painted the entire surface with the black chalkboard paint, following the paints instructions, I applied three coats, (the instructions only call for two coats, but I preferred three) and let it dry overnight.


I marked out some guide points to help me divide the surface into a calendars grid.

Martha’s paint line has some great accessories, one happens to be something called “Patterning Tape” basically a very thin blue painters tape. You get two different widths in each package and for this project I used the 1/8″ tape to divide out my grid.

Once I marked out the grid, I used the grey chalkboard paint and applied three separate coats over the tape. I made sure to let the paint dry for one hour in between each coat, and before removing the blue tape.

Once the tape was removed I let everything dry for 24 hours. Then I repeated the process of curing the surface of my project by rubbing chalk over the entire surface.

The chalk easily wiped off with a damp towel. Then I filled in the information for the month and a few important dates and set out my new calendar!


  • Great quality paint, smooth, nice viscosity.
  • Secure bottle design, I don’t feel like the lid is going to accidentally pop off in storage.
  • Easy clean up.


  • Limited color selection.
  • The 6oz bottle is larger than most of the other paints in the collection but would be nice to have larger bottles.
  • Getting leftover paint back into the bottle is hard, even after you pop off the top. The actual opening into the bottle is fairly small.

Have you tried Martha Stewart’s new chalkboard paint? Tell us what kind of projects you’re making! Leave us a comment and let us know!

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6 Responses to Review | Martha Stewart Chalkboard Paint

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    connie March 5, 2012 at 4:15 pm #

    I have never tried it but your projects have inspired me. Love the terra cotta pots.

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    Cindy Lietz, Polymer Clay Tutor March 5, 2012 at 7:33 pm #

    Thanks for the review! I have been considering using a chalkboard paint on a small accent wall in my studio. I guess I will have to see how much it is and figure out how far the bottle will go to see if it would be worth using her product. I agree, she should probably carry a larger amount, like maybe a quart, so we can use it on a little larger projects.

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    Jolene March 5, 2012 at 8:41 pm #

    Well done Christian. I am tempted to try the paints but I have to limit my budget to my embroidery, is not enough there to dabble in other crafts anymore.

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    Kathy March 6, 2012 at 8:16 am #

    Love that calendar! I would like to try these paints on the DCWV chalkboard papers, too!

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    Krissi Sandvik March 6, 2012 at 9:56 pm #

    FABULOUS! This is exactly what I come to Craft Critique for!!!

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    ColoradoMomof5 August 28, 2012 at 9:13 am #

    Last night I finished the painting part and now am waiting to cure it with the chalk. I liked how smooth the paint is. I just squeezed it directly onto my sponge paint brush (no waste this way) and then applied it to the table top I was turning into a chalkboard/game score table.