How To: Kids Art Area

Carina's February Jumpstart Project 2009

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Title: Re-Frame: Kids Art Area for the Kitchen
Name: Carina
Time: 5 hours (over 2 days)
Cost: about $35

A bright way to create an activity area in the kitchen. Click above for pics, below for the how-to and be sure to give Carina a THUMBS UP if you find this project helpful....

Tools:
Old Frame (bought at an antique store)
Large piece of white board ( 4' x 8') cut down to 24" x 36"
Staple gun, staples
Paint (2oz bottle of paint or enough to cover surface of the frame)
Paint Brush | Sponge brush
Roller
Paint Tray
Chalkboard Paint
Hanging Hardware
Hammer and nails (for hanging)

Steps:
I like to have my kids in the kitchen with me while I cook (they are usually running back and forth between me and the living room). I needed an art area that didn’t require me cleaning up the table so I came up with this framed chalkboard piece. I’m in a rental so I needed a pretty way to display the board (I couldn't just paint the chalkboard onto the wall), plus, who doesn't like a pop of color that looks like art? 1. If you bought an older frame or something that had artwork in it, you’ll need to pull out all the staples. My frame was bought from an antique shop for $10 and had a lot of old staples that needed to be pulled. 2. Paint the frame the color of your choice (I went with a seafoam blue) with your paint 9I used acrylic) and sponge brush or paint brush. Let dry and cover with a second coat if needed. 3. Paint the chalkboard paint on the large piece of white board (mine was 24” x 36”). I covered it using the roller to get a smooth finish for the first coat. I let it dry for 24 hours and then rolled on a second coat. I touched up with a paintbrush. 4. After the chalkboard area has dried I stapled the chalkboard piece to the frame using the staple gun. 5. I added hanging hardware to the back (follow your hardware instructions) and hung on my kitchen wall.

Sources:
The white board I bought was from Lowes and came in 4” x 8” sheets. I ended up with 2 other HUGE sheets that I just let the kids doodle on until I get around to framing them as well. From this $13 sheet you can basically get 3 great art areas. I try to find frames at antique stores, thrift shops, and discounts stores like Home Goods and Tuesday Mornings because then I don’t feel bad about the price and painting it!

Give Carina a THUMBS UP if you find this project helpful....

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