Full Interior Repaint for a 1950s Ranch – Hillsborough

414 Hillsborough


This 1957 ranch is in need of some brightening up.  Over the years the baseboards have taken a beating and there are plenty of holes from nails and push-pins.  Additionally, many of the window mullions were painted, but never scraped (which leaves me to do them now).  While I won’t be fully restoring the moldings, doors or windows,

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Custom Chalkboard Paint


  • Flat-finish Latex Paint (any color)
  • Tile Grout (unsanded)
  • Primer
  • Painter’s Tape
  • Sponge Roller or Sponge Brush
  • Sandpaper
  • Dust Cloth


  • Paint/Grout ratio = 8:1   (Example: Mix 1 tablespoon of grout with 1 cup of paint)
  • Sift the grout into the paint to remove any large clumps.  Stir until homogeneous.
  • Clean and dry the area to be painted.
  • Prime the area to be painted and allow to dry.
  • Tape off the area and then apply chalkboard
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    Posted at 9pm on 05/14/13 | 2 comments | Filed Under: How-To