Globe Chalkboard

March 09, 2013 » Written under pictures, Real Life

Goodwill strikes again. I saw an old globe, and knew I had to have it. I had no clue what I would do with it at the time, but I just had a sneaking suspicion I could do something, so I snatched it up. It was full of rhinestones. One can only guess what they represented to the previous owner. Desired travel destinations? Already-traveled destinations? A classroom globe with a rhinestone for every country studied? The imagination can only ponder. (And y’all know me…my imagination needs no excuse to wander!)

First, I picked off the rhinestones, much as I was sad to see the intriguing markers go. (Tot loved this part, as it gave her many “sparklies” to hoard and play with.) Then I spray painted the base and frame. I chose hot pink, partly because it’s Tot’s favorite color. But also…I had a can of hot pink spray paint. So it was free. I’m thrifty (read: cheap) like that. After letting that dry overnight, then cure for two days, I used some leftover chalkboard paint from another project and carefully painted three coats of chalkboard paint over the globe.

Talk about an exercise in patience! Not an easy feat, but I managed to accomplish it with minimum stress. Crafting with a movie on always makes things go smoother, it seems. I let the globe dry overnight, and then in the morning conditioned the surface. (According to the chalkboard paint instructions, you rub a piece of chalk over the entire thing, then wipe it off.)

Then it was ready for a test spin with Tot!

I think she enjoys it. It’s nice for fine motor skills (the drawing with chalk) and figuring out how to concentrate on two things at once (holding the sphere steady while coloring).

It’s not perfect, that’s for sure. The inconsistencies of the surface of the globe itself makes that nearly impossible. But as a cheap, unique, one-of-a-kind toy for Tot, I think it’s imperfectly perfect. And so far, no complaints from the toddler.

I need to stop going in to Goodwill. It leads to buying things, which leads to repurposing things, which leads to more crafting time…

Okay, you’re right. I’m not gonna stop!

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