Monday, August 13, 2012

Sidewalk Chalk Paint

What do you do with all those stubby ends of sidewalk chalk?  Why make paint of course!  
  1. Round up the chalk pieces and separate them by color. (Good sorting activity)
  2. Put the pieces in a bag and beat them with a rubber mallet until they are nothing but power. (Aaaaahhh, stress relief.)
  3. Put the chalk powder into a spare container.  I suggest something you can devote to this purpose because ours are stained.
  4. Add water.  Go easy.  You can always add more but you can't take it away.
  5. Stir it up, then start painting.
We noticed that it really does need to be pulverized into a powder.  If your broken up chalk is still chunking then you won't get a really vivid paint.

Lil' Hoot hates having her hair brushed - can you tell?
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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Rainbow Room

Phase 1 of the play room conversion is now complete!  Grace wanted stripes, so I gave her stripes.  And, sweet child that she is, she usually walks in the room and says, in the softest, sweetest way possible "Wow.  It's beautiful!"  It isn't perfect, but I decided to stop fussing with it and just enjoy it.  You're looking at 36 shades, made using about 10 different colors of paint - 6 samples from Lowe's and a several cans of left overs.  It was fun but I'm glad to be done - all that mixing of paint and all the mess was starting to get old.  Stay tuned for Phase 2.