|Icon transformation tools|
|Icons becoming magnets|
For my next task, I went shopping again. This time I took Cuppa to Metals plus and bought a 46" X 7" piece of 20 gauge sheet metal. This piece of steel will become a blackboard above the numberline. Using the blackboard, we can attach the weather icons and write challenge questions of the kids to do.
|Old paint and grout|
Most of the recipes suggest using regular old paint (some say oil-based, others say latex) and adding unsanded grout to give the chalk a surface to bite into when the chalkboard is set to use. I found an old can of brown exterior latex (used to paint the aluminium trim on our house) and an old box of grout in the basement, and got ready to paint. The lid was so hard to get off the paint can that it actually stretched the metal and tore the steel can. I have no idea how long it has sat in the basement. The grout was still in good shape.
Most of the online recipes called for 1 tablespoon of grout to a cup of paint, so I did basically that, using an old tupperware as my mixing bowl. I applied the paint, waited a few hours, and then did a second coat. Then I sat and watched as the Montreal Canadiens pants the Toronto Maple Leafs in overtime. Go Habs!
|Applying exterior latex|
That failure could have been due to old paint, the oil on the steel, or because I was too early for the paint to have cured properly, but either way, I was starting over.
Going back to my paint shelf, I found a can of Tremclad rust paint that I know is about 2 years old. I popped it open, and without applying the chalkboard recipe, painted the steel with straightup black paint. It was a little streaky since I had brushed the paint on, but I didn't worry about that, I would apply a second coat in the morning if the paint stuck. If it didn't stick, I would be back to square one anyways.
|Rust Paint Sanded for the second coat|
With a little luck, I'll get out to the garage to work on the rail some more tonight.