June 29, 2015

Monday Made It

Hi Friends!
Happy Monday!
Unfortunately, it's another rainy day here in Columbus. I am so over the rain, but on the bright side, I'm linking up with Tara, over at 4th Grade Frolics for her Monday Made It Linky! 



One thing I love most about summer is that I actually have the TIME to dive into some fun, crafty projects! This past week I decided to take on the "Teacher Toolkit". I am moving into a new classroom next year and it's not quite as big as my current room.  It's still a good size, but I'm used to having a lot more storage. So, I figured I need to start mapping and planning out where everything will go. This project will give me easy access to all of my teacher essentials! 




I'm going to start from the beginning and share all the steps I took to create this fabulous toolkit! 

The first step was getting the materials I needed:

-tool kit
-spray paint

I got both of these at Lowes. 


You can find the tool kit here and the spray paint (Valspar/satin/nautical paint and primer) info here.

I began by taking all the drawers out and giving the frame a good wipe down. It had dust and such on it from sitting at the store. 



Next I took the frame outside and started painting.  (Don't mind our driveway...it needs sealed...bad!)



My biggest tip for spray painting is that you CANNOT be in a HURRY! Take your time and give it multiple coats. Don't try to get the perfect color in the first coat or you'll more than likely have drips. Let it dry completely before you begin another coat. I painted my toolkit over the course of two days. I took my time because I wanted it to look nice and have an even finish.


The picture above is the first coat.

In between all of the painting, I got to work on making some cutesy labels!




I am so happy with how they turned out! You can grab them here or by clicking on the picture below!


When it was time to cut out all of my labels, it took me no time at all because I use one these!


It makes cutting a breeze. In fact, I have one for school and one for home.
#totallyworthit

Next, I just taped the labels to the inside part of the drawer. The tape runs from the back of the label to the sides of the drawer and on the bottom. Others have posted about using double sided tape too so that is an option as well.


And that's it! Here is my final product!



What do you think?! Give it a try!!
I'm so excited to fill mine up with school supplies! :)
Have a fabulous week!


6 comments:

  1. I love the color your choice! I'm not a very good spray painter; I guess I need more practice. I left mine gray and just had cute labels to avoid the spray painting. It is raining again here too.

    Amanda
    A Very Curious Class

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    1. Thanks Amanda! I think the key to spray painting is just taking your time! It was super easy!! This weather is ridiculous. I was hoping to be tan before Vegas but I don't think that's going to happen! :)

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  2. Hi Amber!
    I also like the colors you chose. I hadn't thought of changing up the patterns and having 2. Great idea! P.S. It's thundering right now in Tucson, AZ!
    -Sylvia
    I Heart My Kinder Kids

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    1. Thanks Sylvia! I'm really happy with how it turned out! And today is the 18th day straight of rain in Columbus, OH. ugh!!

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  3. Too cute! I've been wanting to make one myself. Love your color choices!

    -Ha :)
    Happy Days in First Grade

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