Saturday, February 25, 2012

How {NOT} to Chalkboard Paint a Mug

My husband leaves before I do in the morning and he usually leaves me little quick notes wishing me a good day which always make me smile.  I’ve seen some pictures around Pinterest and blogosphere that have hand painted mugs and I thought it’d be such a cute idea to do use chalkboard paint and paint a mug so we could leave notes to enjoy during our coffee. 

Simple enough right? See for yourself!

Materials Needed:

- Plain Coffee Mug {I picked mine up $3 at Target}
- Blue Painters Tape
- Chalkboard Paint {I figured spray paint would be easier than the actual paint}


I wanted a two-tone look so instead of painting the entire mug I used my blue painters tape and covered the part I wanted to remain white.  It will have a cute “dipped” look afterwards.


I sprayed light even coats of the chalkboard paint over the entire mug.  Spraying light even coats will help eliminate any drip markings.  Be sure to be in a well ventilated area like outside with this type of spray paint, it’s quite potent. 

After it’s dried, remove the painters tape and VOILA! An adorable coffee mug you can write messages on!! I thought it was so cute and simple!


Now have you been wondering why this post was titled “How {NOT} to Chalkboard Paint a Mug”?
Well my happiness went to heart break when I went to wipe off the message and noticed that apparently it was not as durable as I envisioned.


{Violins playing in the background}
Ahhhh yet again another project fail. So sad.
So apparently there is a trick to painting your mugs, and I have a feeling it has to do with using this type of product:

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Chalkboard paint that’s made specifically for porcelain.  Maybe I’ll try again using the right product.  Until then hope you enjoyed my Project Fail Smile



  1. saved us the trouble of learning from other's mistakes!

  2. Um, this is stinkin' adorable! Of course you should try it again! And these would make such cute, cheap gifts! Love it. :)

  3. Such a bummer! Definitely do it over though, super cute! I leave Josh a love not post-it every morning before he leaves for work. Maybe there should be a chalkboard mug in our future too :)

  4. That was meant to say "Love post it note"...not "love not post it." ha ha

  5. Oooh I so want to do some of these. I need to figure out a cute way to combine photo mug with chalkboard mug!! *hrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm*

  6. Cute idea! I'm too impatient and usually do failed projects before doing them right! LOL

  7. Aww...Sorry it didn't work out! I've seen others use that Pebeo product and it seems to work great on dishes. I've been thinking about ordering some myself. If you use it, let us know how it turns out!

  8. It's only a failure if you stop trying.

  9. That was funny. It made me giggle.

  10. Oh no! :( That's always such a bummer when a project doesn't work like it's suppose to! The mug looks so cute with the "dipped" look! Thanks for sharing your fail so we can all learn less painfully! :)

  11. I've been looking for new, big mugs and I think you found them for me, haha so thank you! That dipped look is so cool, reminds me of chocolate. But bummer about the fail!

  12. I've heard/read that when painting chalkboard that after the paint has dried that you must "season" your
    Chalkboard first by rubbing te whole thing with the long side of the chalk first then erasing it otherwise that'll happen. It's worth a try. Definitely share when you get it to work!

  13. I think you have to use a primer first, and then the paint. I made some chalkboard chargers and that is what I had to do.

  14. I know with painting glass you are supposed to rough it up with fine sandpaper first, I wonder if the smooth surface of a mug is the same. Cute, cute idea though!

  15. I know with painting glass you are supposed to rough it up with fine sandpaper first, I wonder if the smooth surface of a mug is the same. Cute, cute idea though!


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