Wednesday, August 14, 2013

3rd Grade Rules!

It's back to school time.  For both the students and the teachers.  My daughter-in-law teaches third grade at a local Catholic School.   Last Sunday I went to view how the room set-up was coming along.  While there, I spied a sad, old metal step stool that had been put out with the trash.  I don't have any pictures of the stool as found.

I took the metal stool back to my house and gave it a fresh paint job.  The legs were painted in a turquoise color and the seat portion were painted in red.

Paint colors used:
  • Krylon Aqua Ocean Breeze
  • Rustoleum Apple Red

I let the stool dry for 24 hours.  Next I coated the paint job with a mixture of Mod Podge Gloss and gold glitter (Martha Stewart Fine Glitter purchased at Michaels.)

After another 24 hours, I added some die cuts made with my Cricut.
  • Book = cut image and shadow at 8" from Cricut Locker Talk cartridge; [book] found on page 47 of the folder.
  • Ruler = cut at 3 1/2" (using fit to width feature) from Cricut Locker Talk cartridge; [ruler] found on page 41 of the folder.  The ruler cut only makes tick marks where the numbers and such should be.  I used a black gel pen and traced to make the numbers and the word inches.
  • Text = cut at 1 1/2" from Cricut Plantin SchoolBook cartridge.  The "r" and "d" were cut at 1".
  • All images were attached using Mod Podge Gloss / Gold Glitter mixture.

Once the Mod Podge dried, I gave everything a second coat of the Mod Podge Gloss / Gold Glitter mixture.  The next day, I gave the entire stool a coating of Tree House Clear Acrylic Gloss Coating.

I plan on returning this little stool tonight to the 3rd grade teacher.