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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 January 21, 2020

    The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

    The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

    Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

    your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

      Why You Need a Vision

      Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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      How to Create Your Life Vision

      Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

      What Do You Want?

      The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

      It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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      Some tips to guide you:

      • Remember to ask why you want certain things
      • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
      • Give yourself permission to dream.
      • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
      • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

      Some questions to start your exploration:

      • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
      • What would you like to have more of in your life?
      • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
      • What are your secret passions and dreams?
      • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
      • What do you want your relationships to be like?
      • What qualities would you like to develop?
      • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
      • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
      • What would you most like to accomplish?
      • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

      It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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      What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

      Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

      A few prompts to get you started:

      • What will you have accomplished already?
      • How will you feel about yourself?
      • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
      • What does your ideal day look like?
      • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
      • What would you be doing?
      • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
      • How are you dressed?
      • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
      • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
      • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

      It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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      Plan Backwards

      It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

      • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
      • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
      • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
      • What important actions would you have had to take?
      • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
      • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
      • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
      • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
      • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

      Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

      It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

      Featured photo credit: Matt Noble via unsplash.com

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