Thursday, May 21, 2009

How to get your kid stop writing on walls ( Magnetic Chalkboard Paint )

( Magnetic Chalkboard Paint )

Toddlers are naturally creative and curious little creatures. They love to draw and color and marvel at what their own hands can do.Sooner or later, kids with crayons seem inevitably to stray onto the walls. Young kids just aren't born knowing where it's ok to draw and where it isn't. If your child has taken to leaving his "fine art" on your walls, then you need to start taking a few actions..

If you do some researches, they are many solutions provided online. One very popular solution is to provide your kids with a magnetic chalkboard or make a chalkboard paint wall. You must offer him an acceptable places and opportunities to draw. Spent some time to color with him at the table, supervised. Set up an art easel, chalkboard, or dry erase board so he can stand and draw, which is a comfortable position for youngsters. Direct him over and over back to this area whenever he wanders towards the walls. Explain this is the wall they can write on, and not to write on or outside the tape. If they write on any other wall, they will be disciplined. Toddlers do not know 'graffiti' is wrong. If this is a first offense, simply explain walls are not for drawing or painting on.

If you wish to make your own chalkboard paint wall and do not know how, you can refer to my previous post here.

Mom and dad, be consistent and patient with your toddler. It may be hard for him or her to understand the difference between drawing on one surface versus another.

Happy trying.

( Magnetic Chalkboard Paint )

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Make your own chalkboard paint ( Magnetic Chalkboard Paint )

( Magnetic Chalkboard Paint )

If you thought chalkboards were just for schoolrooms, think again. These wipe-off writing surfaces make handy helpers around the home, too. Thanks to paint that dries into a chalkboard finish, your board can be whatever size you desire and placed wherever you like.

You can make your own chalkboard paint. There are several recipes online, most of them consist of the same ingredients. Here's what you should prepare ;

1) Latex paint with flat finish
2) Unsanded tile grout3) Sandpaper ( 400 grit )

Once you are set with the painting process, determine where the chalkboard will be set up. Sand the surface to a fine finish. Mark the borders of the area to be painted. Clean this area with clean, warm soapy water and let it dry. Make sure it completely dry before going to next process.

Mix together latex paint and unsanded tile grout and make sure it blend well. Make sure they are no any clumps.Apply your paint with a regular paint brush and allow each coat of paint to dry completely, before applying the next.After each coat of paint, gently sand the paint with a 400 grit or higher grit sandpaper and wipe away any dust by using cotton rag. This will help keep your painted surface nice and smooth. Let it dry for at least 24 hours.

You also need to condition your chalkboard, once you have finished painting. Be sure your paint is completely dry.Place a piece of chalk on the side and rub over the entire chalkboard surface, covering the entire area with chalk.Using a felt cloth, wipe off the chalk you just applied. With a slightly damp cloth, wipe the chalkboard clean and you may repeat this process for a better result.

Happy trying.

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