Friday, 29 May, 2020
The DIYer's Combo Deal - Save $9.90
WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 3388 [post_author] => 638 [post_date] => 2018-04-01 17:09:40 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-04-01 07:09:40 [post_content] => Three essential tools for every handyman or woman. Includes our magnetic WristBuddy, an extendable, flexible magnetic flashlight and our three function COB headlamp!

1 - Magnetic WristBuddy:

The magnetic WristBuddy keeps everything within easy reach whether you’re under the hood, squeezing into a bathroom cabinet, up a ladder or just nailing a few 4×2’s together! Designed to hold lots of screws, nails, nuts and washers, the magnets are amply strong enough to also hold drill bits, hex keys, bolts, screwdrivers and even spanners. Made from extremely durable 1680D Oxford cloth, your WristBuddy will be with you for years to come.

2 - Magnetic, Extendable, Flexible Flashlight

  The perfect tool for finding that lost screw that rolled under your workbench or the pins that dropped onto the carpet! This bright, COB LED flashlight extends to a full 60cm (2ft), has a flexible neck and a strong magnet in the lens surround. It's also a wonderful aid for anyone with bad knees.

3 - Three Function COB LED Headlamp

How often have you wished for better lighting while doing a job? All you needed was a third hand with a flashlight, right? This tough, fully adjustable headlamp uses the latest Chip On Board LED technology for maximum performance. Set it for bright, normal or strobe function with a click of the switch. Weighing just 65 grams (2.25 oz), including the three AAA batteries, our headlamp can be worn hour after hour. And because it's both shock and water resistant, it's great for camping and fishing as well as in the home and workshop.

Special offer:

Bought separately, these three items are currently selling for a combined total of $27.40. For this week only, we have packaged all three for just $17.50 including free delivery. Please note that there is a limit of three combo packs per customer. [add_to_cart id="3388"]   [post_title] => The DIYer's Combo Deal [post_excerpt] => Three essential tools for every handyman or woman. Includes our magnetic WristBuddy, an extendable, flexible magnetic flashlight and our high-powered COB headlamp! The perfect gift for any DIYer! Maximum of three combo packs per customer. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => the-diyers-combo-deal [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-03-11 00:01:10 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-03-11 00:01:10 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://deals.thediy.market/?post_type=product&p=3388 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => product [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 11 [filter] => raw )
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Make Your Own Chalkboard Paint
Chalkboard paints don’t have to be black, green or grey!

Make Your Own Chalkboard Paint

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Coloured Chalkboards
Chalkboard paint – any colour, any shade

The first introduction of a chalkboard to most people is in the classroom. But although it’s a wonderful tool for learning, it can also be more than that.

A single chalkboard can be beneficial for the home in many ways!

Kids certainly love them. They’re handy for leaving family messages. You can write down to-do lists, calendars, and even draw wall murals.

But why stop there? Chalkboard paint can be used for handy labeling of spice and herb jars, or the pots the herbs and spices grow in, or anything else where you want a non-permanent but durable label.

Chalkboard Paint Ideas

When you think of chalkboard paint, are you still picturing that dark green or slate grey ‘blackboard’ at school? Chalkboard paint doesn’t have to be boring. Or green. Or slate grey. Or even black! Name your colour and make it following these easy instructions.

Some hints first:

  1. The surface you intend to paint must be primed and ready to use. That means either under-coated or, if already painted, washed clean of oils and also lightly sanded to allow the chalkboard paint to ‘grip’.
  2. Your grout must be sand free (sometimes labelled as ‘non-sanded’) otherwise you are going to end up with a gritty, almost impossible to clean, finish.
  3. The grout used here is designed to dry quickly. Mix only as much as you intend to use since it won’t keep – not even for a couple of hours.
  4. The paint must be a matt or flat finish or you’ll have a shiny chalkboard. The amount you need obviously depends on the area you intend painting.
  5. Because your paint mix is thicker than your base paint, coverage will be about a third less. So if the paint maker suggests coverage of 12 m2 per litre, assume you’ll only get about 8 to 9 m2
  6. A paint stirrer. Paint pigments start settling as soon as you stop stirring. You need to make sure your paint is well mixed before you even start measuring out your desired quantities or you may end up with inconsistent colour if you need to mix another batch.
  7. The grout must also be thoroughly mixed with the paint or you will have a spotty finish. If mixing small batches, use a fork (it will wash clean afterwards). If it’s a bigger batch, use an electric drill with a mixer attachment.
  8. There are different types of masking tape based on how long they are to stay in position. You will be removing the tape within two hours so get a low-adhesive variety.
  9. To get a really smooth finish, rub down your chalkboard painted surface with a 150 – 180 grade ‘wet and dry’ grit paper when the paint is dry but before you condition it.
  10. It’s probable that acrylic paint will work as well as latex based paints, so if you already have some acrylic in a colour you like, try it.

OK – you’ll need:

  • Latex paint – any colour of your choice
  • Sand-free tile grout
  • Masking tape
  • A paint stirrer (see hints above)
  • A good quality brush or foam roller
  • 150 – 180 grade wet and dry grit paper
  • Chalk
  • A dry sponge or soft cloth

And the instructions:

Mask the area you intend to paint and use a dropsheet to protect floors from possible drips.

For each cup of paint (250ml) add two level tablespoons of grout.

Mix well making sure there are no lumps.

Apply paint liberally ensuring you get a complete coverage. Cheap brushes will leave bristles behind. A sponge brush or roller will give the best result.

Remove masking tape according to tape directions.

Allow the paint to completely dry, preferably overnight.

Sand lightly with the grit paper

Condition your surface by rubbing a piece of chalk (held side) over the entire surface. Now wipe down the surface with a dry sponge or soft cloth. If needed, slightly dampen the sponge or cloth but you are not trying to remove the chalk you just put on – only the excess!

Give the kids a handful of chalk and stand back :)

Chalkboard I Love Me
Kids love drawing. A chalkboard lets them go crazy!

Now you’ve done it once, Pandora’s Box awaits you. Chalkboard paint uses are limited only by your imagination.

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OK – so what if you only want to do a small project and don’t want the hassle of buying paint and grout and mixing it all up?  Well, the good news for you is that you can now buy premixed, coloured chalkboard paint in small containers.

Chalkboard Paint
Premixed chalkboard paint in a range of great colours

And even easier than that, you can now also buy chalkboard adhesive paper in ready cut designs or by the roll so that you can ‘do your own thing’. But it only comes in black :(

Stick-on Chalkboard
Choose ready made designs or buy a sheet and cut your own design!

Was that easy or what? Are you going to do it?

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