Saturday, 11 January 2014

Blackboard spoon & knife garden markers

This week I had an idea for a new project. First I needed some old knifes and spoons. I got them from a local op shop for 5 cents each. I decided I was going to paint them with blackboard paint and use them as labels for my herb garden. Just make sure you butter knifes like I did, as real knifes would be too sharp for kids!

Materials:
  • Metal spoons – silver or stainless steel
  • Small paintbrush  $2
  • Metal Primmer Paint – small can $8
  • Blackboard paint–  small can $7 (I already have this)
  • Paint Drop Sheet $1.
  • Turpentine bottle $3
The steps I followed to transform the spoons and knife were as follows:
1.   Decide on the spoons or knifes you wish to transform or upcycle. 

2.   Wash and clean the spoons or knifes. This helps the paint adhere to them.  

3.   Find a dry airy place to paint your spoons or knifes. You will need a drop sheet or rag that will cover the ground below if you wish to protect it from paint. Make sure you have good ventilation and open the windows if possible.  

4.   Once you have set up, you can start applying the metal primmer paint. This paint is very different from normal primmer paint! You will need to make sure you cover the whole surface area of the metal. Let it dry overnight or as long as it takes. You may need to cover with a second coat if you need to.  
5.   After allowing it to dry, I then applied the first coat of blackboard paint. I didn’t cover the handles, as I wanted them to stay plain metal.
6.   Once you have completed the first coat, make sure you put the brushes in a can or jar with turpentine covering up the top of the paint on the brushes. This will mean you can reuse the brushes with oil paint. Allow to dry overnight or as long as it takes. 
7.   The next day I painted the top with a second coat of blackboard paint and it was finished. I cleaned the brushes in turpentine and put them away. Once everything was put safely back away, I let the furniture dry out for a few days to reduce the residual paint smell.
8.   Then it was ready to go outside! We put them out for each plant or herb. I personally like the knifes better, but I decided that spoons were safer for Joshua in case he fell on them. So I have spoons in my garden and gave the knife to a friend without kids. Just make sure you butter knifes like I did, as real knifes would be too sharp!
 
**** You can even make other shaped plant markers out of wood such as my favourite - hearts! *****

Here is another blackboard project I have done recently:
Joshua's blackboard table & chairs:
 ♥ Lady Creativity

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