It’s fall and with a kindergartener in the house, I’m having to be a bit more organized than usual. Anyone relate?
What type of organizers do you like? Do you use a chalk board? A cork board?
ScotchBlue has a DIY project to help easily manage our crazy schedules…..from parent/teacher conferences to soccer practices!
ScotchBlue Wall Organizer
- 1.5″ ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape w/EdgeLock (2080 EL)
- Paint Tarps & Paint Rags
- 1” & 2” angled paint brush, 2” square brush
- 6” Foam roller, 9” roller, Paint tray, can opener
- Pencil for design layout on board
- Measuring tape, pencil
- 2” & 3” foam brush
- 6” or 12” Speed Square” is very helpful
- 1. Tape off the bulletin board with ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape and paint the frame in the color of your choice
- 2. Select a coordinating chalkboard paint
- 3. Paint the inset with magnetic black paint.
- 4. Create desired layout and lightly line out with pencil. Use a 6” speed square to insure boxes are truly square
- 5. Once design has been laid out with a section for chalkboard color and a section for cork, isolate and mask out areas to be painted using ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape.
- When taping out along a pencil line, follow to the outside of the pencil mark – so you will actually paint the line out instead of having to comeback and clean up a pencil mark. A big reason why I say “lightly” mark your layout with a pencil is two-fold. A) By pressing hard with the pencil you can dent or bruise the grain. B) By lightly marking with a pencil you be able to paint over it easily to “erase it”.
- 6. Using a damp foam brush – paint sections dedicated to chalkboard area. Load brush and work from the center of your paint area toward the edges. End with brush strokes in one direction and keep a wet edge (see below for description) as you work the paint.
- Lightly wet the foam brush before you use it and pat dry it so it is merely damp when you dip it into the paint. Moisture in the foam brush will allow the foam pad to have flexibility and will also make for easier clean up as the paint will always be on a “wet edge” and won’t dry up and crust over quickly
- Use a foam brush for a nice even application. One must be careful and work with a light hand as these brushes are easily damaged and can create a mess when they start to fall apart in your paint. However, in small quick art projects foam brushes are great. Their biggest advantage as a painter? They don’t leave brush marks when the paint dries!
- Let paint dry well before applying next coat. It’s always better to build up coats as opposed to applying a thick layer of paint. Paint applied in one thick coat will have a tendency to sag or droop or drip
- 7. Once paint has fully dried, gently pull tape back on itself and by angling the edge back at 45 degrees to reveal crisp edges and lines and corners.
- To help move along time, I often use a fan to coax the paint along with its drying time.
(Complimentary ScotchBlue was provided for my own painting project……..I’m working on getting my daughter into her big girl room!)