We have this nice double surface board from Melissa & Doug but the primary colors didn’t really do it for me. And I do not know why but, lately I have this urge to personalize everything generic and make it “ours”. So, I grabbed the board and turned it into a kitchen menu board for The Cute’s play kitchen.
Since I have a ton of paint from my super sample haul in December, I picked a pink (front side), a hot pink (side…sides) and a soft green can (for the back side) and went to work.
Begone primary colors!
Disclaimer: if anybody reads on, hoping to find a craft with initials, let me stop you right here before I unwillingly waste your time! I am using the word personalization, liberally, to denote any changes that turn a generic object into something more aesthetically personal and more “our style”.
This is a post about tweaking this magnetic chalk dry erase board (<- affiliate link) to match our nursery’s color scheme and to be more versatile. It is also a post about cake!
In order to make the board more of an eye candy, I taped, sanded, primed and gave two coats of paint. Which was overkill, to say the least.
Hubby drilled I had hubby drill two more holes in one of the narrow sides and now our board is more flexible. I also changed the yellow shoe-lace looking string the board came with, using soft but thick, white twine.
Somehow I botched the paint job (seems that painting much larger surfaces is more of my thing).
And then I let it dry for days after the first coat (lazy painter that I am) so naturally, the painter’s tape got stuck in some places.
Which brings us to the following super handy trick:
If your tape gets stuck, just use tweezers and pull gently.
The tweezers will get even the tiniest shreds.
Hurrah for repurposing!
This board now hangs right next to her toy kitchen and it is there that we write (or stick) the menu of the play-day, that usually comprises of EgGs, Ψωμί (bread in Greek) and CAKE.
Cake is in all capital letters because The Cute is very partial to them even though she has rarely had any (she is allergic to eggs and therefore we avoid cakes). For some reason, she loves cakes so much, we become- a very cute – spectacle every time we are at the grocery store: she runs to the cake display, squeaking excitedly”CAKE!” and presses her nose against the glass to better see the cakes.
SO CUTE! 😀
Keeping this post small and sweet (well, there was the mention of cake) I do have a question for you: Are you into personalizing the objects of your home and “how far is too far” when it comes to personalization?
ps. While updating the chalkboard, I came with 3 fantastic ideas for a reading activity for The Cute and she came up with another one. Check them out here: 4 learn how to read activities.
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