Sunday, August 26, 2012

Pinterest at Work/Magnetic Paint Review

Hello everyone!  Wow has the last week been busy.  Wednesday was our first day back the kiddos don't start until September 4th and I have been hard at work getting ready.

Sorry in advance for all the pictures.

First of all I told you in my last post about Rust-oleum Magnetic Primer.

I used it on some old white shelves that I have had in my classroom and were looking a little grubby. I wanted to make the sides usable for center activities.

I used 3 coats on the sides of the shelves.  The paint was very grainy.  I think it would have been an easier go if I had laid the shelves down.   

 Here is a picture of them finished.  The left pictures shows two magnets a large and small one.  The end texture was very rough though.  My original idea had been to paint over that with chalkboard paint but after feeling the texture I realized it wasn't going to work.

 I decided to paint the shelves lime green to match the rest of the color scheme in my classroom
The picture on the left shows them mid paint.  It took me 5 cans of spray paint to cover 4 shelves this size.  My finger was numb for a week!  The picture on the right shows the finished project.  As you can see the smaller magnet didn't stick anymore, which was slightly disappointing.  They turned out cute though and everyone who has popped into my classroom has commented on them.

Another project I have been working on is repurposing my old National Geographic Explorers.   I save them and reuse them because sadly we can't afford to get a classroom wet every year.  SOme years a couple teachers will go in on them and buy them and share or sometimes F.A.C.T will surprise us.  SO I cut the magazine in half and put it into these page protectors.  I still need to make a label for the front cover.  My plan is to use them in small group instruction and let the kids write on the plastic protectors with white board markers while identifying non-fiction text features.  

1 down a million to go.

Finally, here is a sneak peak at my classroom.

Entrance from the front door

These shelves are right around the corner from the front door.  This is the first year they have EVER been organized.

Table bins.  IKEA ran out so I still need to get a few more.  Each table gets a bin for each subject.  That way everything stays neat and organized, I hope.

My desk and on the left on the floor is going to be where my listening center is.

My hook for headphones on the back of my computers.  I have been wanting to do this since I saw it on Pinterest.  I'm also going to make website card rings to hang on the hooks with website addresses and log ins.

View of my library and small group area.
Library, the brown magazine rack is where my seasonal books or focus genres are going to go.  Ignore the brown paper we were getting ready to make trees.

View from the library still a work in progress.

Small group area.

I can't wait to show you all when its done!!


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