How To Turn Walls Into WhiteBoards

by Jason Wilk on April 19, 2014

Whether it’s in the office or your child’s bedroom, dry-erase paint by WhiteyBoard is an awesome way to spark creativity, keep track of tasks or to-dos or just be a bit silly. It won’t break the bank and it will impress your friends too.  Here are just a few fun and functional ideas.

  • Turn a wall into a surface for workflow or brainstorming sessions in the office or a center for fun activities in a kid’s room.
  • Paint the doors to your kids’ bedrooms to post reminders, chores or loving notes of encouragement.
  • Make the toy chest just as fun as the things inside it.
  • If you have some extra paint left over, consider painting non-traditional objects, like chairs or picture frames.

Applying dry-erase paint

Using dry-erase paint isn’t quite the same as using regular paint. It isn’t hard, you just have to follow a few basic steps. While you should always carefully read the directions for the brand you choose, these are the general steps.

Step 1: Set-up

Before you paint, measure the area you want to paint to figure out how much paint you need. WhiteyBoard is convenient since it comes in various size cans with the exact square footage you need.

Make sure the area is well ventilated. Open as many doors and windows as you can. The WhiteyBoard paint we used has zero VOC which means it is not harmful, but always good to keep some fresh air when you are painting anything.

Step 2: Prepare the area

You’ll want to start by making sure the area you want to paint is fully prepared. If your surface was previously a popcorn-painted wall, for example, you’ll want to smooth it out. You’ll also want to use painter’s tape to tape off any edges you don’t want painted, like window sills, adjacent walls or baseboards. WhiteyBoard actually sells a kit as well which comes with everything you would need: brush, tape, paint tray, markers, etc.

You should also dust and clean any dirty areas and, if desired, sand it lightly. Remember, the smoothness of the surface you paint will be the same as the smoothness of the surface when it’s finished.We recommend using a 120-grit sandpaper.

Step 3: Mix and paint

Mix the product up a little bit. You’ll want to work in about two-foot areas at a time, rolling the paint on liberally with the roller they provide. Don’t try to edge in the beginning or at the end. You’ll want to do it as you go so the paint dries evenly. Work meticulously in a grid pattern across the surface. Don’t paint over debris or fuzz, and if you screw up, fix it immediately.

Step 4: Let it dry (for 2 days)

Unlike other dry erase paints that take a week before you can write, the WhiteyBoard dry-erase paint took 2 days before we could start doodling. It’s best if you don’t remove any tape until it’s finished drying, as it can have some rather unexpected results depending on the state of the paint when you pull it.

Step 5: Write, draw, erase!

As with the other tools, you’ll want to purchase high-quality dry-erase markers. It’s best to buy the markers with the paint as those are tried and tested on the surface already. Avoid buying cheap markers as that can cause some issues.

If you want to do this to your own walls like me, head over here to purchase: WhiteyBoard.com

Then you’ll be a dry erase master like this guy!

 

 

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Most job approval polls had President Obama at about 50 percent at the start of 2013, but in a late December Quinnipiac poll, his scores dropped to a record low 38 percent. From his failed effort to tighten federal gun laws after two mass shootings to the disastrous rollout of his signature health care law, last year just wasn’t his year. But will this year be any better?

“It’s never too late to get it right, so the president should finally honor the promise he made to the American people when he said they could keep their health insurance and doctors,” said Dan Holler, communications director for the conservative group Heritage Action for America, referencing Obama’s false claims that led to millions of Americans being outraged when they discovered that despite his promises to the contrary, they could not keep their existing insurance policies. This even earned him PolitiFact’s lie-of-the-year award.

MSNBC commentator Chris Matthews surprisingly even piled on a complaint in a 15-page Republican National Committee release this week that chronicled Obama’s rough 2013. 

“It’s not just a bad year in terms of the rollout. There’s erosion in interest. … It feels like the seventh or eighth year of a presidency. It doesn’t feel like the fifth.”

The release included the IRS scandal that involved agents targeting Tea Party groups, and findings concerning the National Security Agency spying on friendly foreign leaders.

With ObamaCare now in effect, all eyes are looking to see if 7.5 million people truly will sign up for the health care or if one of Obama’s most controversial acts will turn out to be a flop (and things already aren’t looking good, as the HealthCare.gov website continues to malfunction). His 2014 job approval scores will likely depend on those results.

“There’s no spin that will fix things,” said democratic strategist and Fox News contributor Joe Trippi. “It’s now about getting things done. You cannot just say ObamaCare is great. What matters is will 7.5 million people really sign up?”

 Trippi, and countless others, suggest that the president be more transparent about ObamaCare enrollment numbers and release them every two weeks instead of every month “no matter how bad they are.” 

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“Duck Dynasty” is A&E’s biggest hit, but since they suspended Phil Robertson from participation in the show for making comments disparaging homosexuals and questioning whether blacks really had it so bad in the days of segregation and Jim Crow, the network has been receiving a lot of criticism from Robertson’s fans and the status of the show is still up in the air. Fox News host Greta Van Susteren went “On the Record” with entertainment lawyer Steve Olenick to discuss the potential legal battle between A&E and the stars of “Duck Dynasty” and figure out exactly who has the advantage if the matter goes to court.

Fans of Robertson state freedom of speech as a reason he should be allowed to express whatever opinions he’d like, but Olenick believes that the network’s moral contract with the duck-hunting family allows them to fire the stars on the spot if they say or do something A&E doesn’t want to be affiliated with.

“Even though this is a bizarre situation, it’s very simple,” explained Olenick. “A&E’s perspective is, if they have a morals clause that is very broadly drafted — in which it is, because if they want to get rid of him, it’s like an at-will contract, goodbye, Phil, you are fired — versus if there is a reverse morals clause, whereby Phil has a morals clause in his agreement with A&E, that allows him to actually rip up the contract if they do something bad.”

As for the potential threat of whether or not Robertson and his family can just go to another network and continue the show under a different name, Olenick states:

“No, no. [A&E] will hold the intellectual property. Intellectual property will be everything associated with this. So if there is any type of theme, slogan or anything associated with this, they can’t shop it over to someone else and them pick it up. That’s a huge lawsuit waiting to happen.”

As of this morning, an online petition for A&E to reinstate Robertson on the show was just shy of its goal of gathering 250,000 signatures. The #IStandWithPhil petition states that “Mr. Robertson’s comments in GQ Magazine are simply reflective of a Biblical view of sexuality, marriage, and family – a view that has stood the test of time for thousands of years and continues to be held by the majority of Americans and today’s world as a whole.” and asks the network “immediately reinstate Mr. Robertson to Duck Dynasty, and to formally apologize to him, his family, and the millions of viewers who tune in every week, stand by him, and share his worldview.”

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The NCAA was formed as an organization in order to protect players, so it’s not surprising that their recent statement in a wrongful death lawsuit being filed by the family of a former student football player, in which they claim that it’s not their legal duty to physically protect student athletes, is being met with extreme criticism.

The family of former Frostburg State football player Derek Sheely filed a lawsuit two years ago against the NCAA, helmet manufacturer Schutt Sports, and three Frostburg State coaches after Sheely was repeatedly allowed to return to a full-force collision drill between two players, despite bleeding “profusely” from his forehead. Sheely died after suffering a brain injury during practice.

On Wednesday, The Washington TImes, who has been watching the progress of the suit since it was filed, printed the NCAA’s shocking and controversial response to the lawsuit after acquiring the 30-page court document.

“The NCAA denies that it has a legal duty to protect student-athletes, but affirmatively states that under the NCAA Constitution each member institution is responsible for protecting the health of its student-athletes and that for decades it had provided appropriate information and guidance on concussions to its member institutions.”

The NCAA claims that the institution itself cannot be responsible for injuries on an individual basis, stating that it is up to schools to actually implement the proper precautions and create a safe environment.

What do you think about the NCAA’s statement – are they right to deny responsibility over the safety of student athletes?

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If you’re hoping to get your startup off the ground, the best thing you can do is come up with one great idea. Unfortunately, that’s not quite as easy as it sounds. If you need a little help figuring out how to come up with an idea that will help your business become profitable, just follow these tips!

  • Identify your target customer. Is there a particular customer segment that you already have a relationship with or that you enjoy working with? Start off figuring out which market you’d enjoy working with and selling to, and then come up with an idea that would provide those customers with something they’d value.
  • Find a problem that needs to be solved. People are more likely to buy something they need than something that is simply cool to have. Start out by solving a problem and fulfilling a need that your target customers have.
  • If you need help with that, ask around. Don’t be afraid to go out and ask people what their problems are and what they feel they need to make their lives easier – they may come up with your idea for you! Just pay attention to what people complain about and figure out a way to give them what they’re wanting.
  • Figure out what would make your life easier. Your idea can come from one of your own problems! Figure out what you need in your life; it’ll ensure that you’re addressing a problem you know definitely exists. Think of tasks you find challenging or time consuming and figure out ways to make them easier. Solving your own problem will likely also make you more motivated than solving someone else’s. Just make sure you’re not alone in wanting a particular product.
  • You don’t have to reinvent the wheel. You don’t have to come up with some revolutionary new idea… some of the best startups come from a mere improvement on something that already exists, rather than something entirely original. Just find something that people already use, and figure out if you can make it better or cheaper.

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