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How to Make Awesome Chalkboard Paint

How to Make Awesome Chalkboard Paint

If you thought chalkboards were only useful in the classroom, think again. Chalkboard paint is growing in popularity due to its fanciful usability and practicality. Whether you paint it on flower pots, furniture, or walls, or use it to add novelty to your child’s table, chalkboard paint has found many uses around the home too.

For example: you can apply some chalkboard paint on a section of your home office wall to create a nice, wipe-off writing surface for jotting down your to-do lists. You can also coat a part of your kitchen wall with chalkboard paint to serve as the perfect place to leave a friendly reminder to everyone not to forget to turn off the stove. Moreover, you can paint a part of the fireplace to write meaningful quotes and make the fireplace a room’s focal point again.

There really is no shortage of ideas for the perfect location and use of chalkboards in the home if you put a little imagination into it. While chalkboard paint formulas that we buy at retail stores traditionally only come in black and green color, homemade chalkboard paint can be any color you want. Here’s how to make awesome chalkboard paint at home in five, easy do-it-yourself steps:

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    Things you will need for the job:

    1. Powdered, non-sanded tile grout
    2. Latex paint of any color you want
    3. Paint mixing cup or bucket
    4. Sponge paintbrush or roller
    5. Paint stirrer or mixer drill attachment

    Step 1: Mix the latex paint and non-sanded grout

    Mix the latex paint and non-sanded grout in a paint cup or bucket. Use a ratio of one part grout to eight parts paint. If you want to paint a small area, mix small amounts of paint and grout, such as two tablespoons of grout for every cup of latex paint.

    If you are painting a larger area, mix one cup of grout with half-a-gallon of paint. You can use a paint mixer on a power drill and a five gallon bucket to combine larger amounts. Make sure you blend thoroughly until the mixture is homogenous to prevent visible granules appearing on the chalkboard.

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    Step 2: Prep the surface

    Prepare the surface you want to paint. Proper preparation of the surface is important because it will give better results and can make the paint job last longer. Clean the surface completely to remove any dirt or imperfections.

    Start cleaning at the top of the wall or other surface (plaster, metal, wood etc.) and work your way down to the bottom, then rinse the entire surface thoroughly after washing. If not rinsed properly, soap residue can prevent the paint from adhering properly.

    Step 3: Apply the chalkboard paint

    Apply your homemade chalkboard paint. Use a sponge paintbrush or roller for application. Start with a small section of the surface and go over it several times with the paintbrush. Progress outward slowly from your start point to cover the entire surface. For best results, paint at least two coats in each direction to get full, even coverage.

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    Step 4: Let the paint dry

    Allow the paint to dry on the surface. The paint begins to dry as soon as it is applied, but you should allow the painted surface to cure for three days before using it as a chalkboard.

    Step 5: Condition the chalkboard

    Once the painted surface is fully dry, get your chalkboard ready for drawing: Rub chalk along the entire surface of the board, and then wipe the chalk off with a barely-damp cloth or paper towel.

    Ta-da! Your new custom-made chalkboard is ready. Congratulations. You just made awesome chalkboard paint yourself and now you can put your fully-erasable chalkboard to good use.

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    Last Updated on September 20, 2018

    How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

    How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

    Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

    If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

    1. Breathe

    The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

    • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
    • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
    • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

    Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

    2. Loosen up

    After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

    Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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    3. Chew slowly

    Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

    Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

    Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

    4. Let go

    Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

    The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

    It’s not. Promise.

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    Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

    Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

    21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

    5. Enjoy the journey

    Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

    Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

    6. Look at the big picture

    The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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    Will this matter to me…

    • Next week?
    • Next month?
    • Next year?
    • In 10 years?

    Hint: No, it won’t.

    I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

    Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

    7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

    You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

    Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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    8. Practice patience every day

    Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

    • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
    • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
    • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

    Final thoughts

    Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

    Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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