This Mystery Box back to school project is brought to you by Krylon.
There are 7 items in the Mystery Box. Clockwise—pencils, ruler, paper clips, puzzle, plastic containers (paint) and a shoe rack –underneath it all is a square piece of cork board. KUDOS to any of my fellow bloggers who were able to incorporate THAT in this project. We were suppose to do a “back to school” project using at least 5 of the seven items. We could add any components that we wanted.
I decided to add a piece of sheet metal, a oversized frame, additional paint, and a mat from a frame. I ended up not using the erasers, but instead used some cute smiley face stickers.
My first step was to make a frame for artwork/homework etc. I used the picture frame mat for this. I hot glued the puzzle pieces onto the mat.
I continued layering the pieces until I used them all.
I used the primer I bought for the plastic containers, and some Krylon Dual. I don’t think I needed to prime since I used the dual.
I’ve never spray painted cork board, and if you read the directions on the Krylon ColorMaster can, it suggests testing the coverage. So, that’s what I did. I tested the paint on a scrap piece of my cork board. It worked great, so spray painted the bus I had traced and cut out.
Next up is one of the little plastic containers.
Reading the directions, it says to quickly wipe the plastic off with mineral spirits before painting.
I sprayed the outside of the plastic container with Krylon Plastic Primer.
After applying the primer, I sprayed the plastic container with Krylon Stainless Steel spray paint. I’ve used this before on glass and more, and it has help up wonderfully. I wanted it to look more like a metal container than plastic. Not shown: I was going to leave the lid the original color, but at the last minute decided to paint it to match the puzzle picture frame.
This frame was old and dirty. I washed the frame off with the hose, and let it dry completely before painting it.
Sorry for the bad picture…it turns out that the sheet metal was a challenge for me. I did a test piece, but got impatient and didn’t let it cure to make sure it was going to stick. It turns out that I needed to spray primer on the sheet metal before I used the Krylon Chalkboard Paint. (In this picture, the lines you are seeing are NOT the paint, they are the reflection of the rafters of the ceiling)
Long story short, I ended up using spray primer on the reverse side of the sheet metal, and then several light coats of spray chalkboard paint.
Whenever you get finished, be sure to hold your can upside down and spray to clear the nozzle.
In order to fasten the sheet metal into the picture frame I used this handy Logan Dual Point Driver Elite. LOVE!
I added magnets to all the pieces using epoxy.
I added the smiley face stickers to some thumbtacks, pencils and paper clips to help motivate the back to school student. I used Washi tape and blue electrical tape for the pencils and paper clips.
Let’s take another look at it all put together:
Imagine how fun it would be to frame your little one’s masterpiece in the puzzle piece frame, and add their school pictures in the windows of the school bus. This is a great magnetic chalkboard that will motivate the kiddos!
There are two other bloggers that received the Krylon Mystery Box, be sure to check out their projects too!
Beckie @Infarrantly Creative did a great knockoff of the PB Stanton Collection
Shelley @ The House of Smiths did a Mini Homework Station
Have you used Krylon to change up a project lately? You still have a few days left to enter the ColorMaster Projects Challenge.
I have partnered with Krylon to take part in the Mystery Box Challenge. I was compensated for my time, and Krylon provided the products for this project. All thoughts opinions and words are my own. Your experience may vary.