Last year, I rescued a rusted metal bookshelf on its way out to the dump. It was just too practical and filled with potential for me to pass by. My co-worker’s daughter who was volunteering suggested we repaint it, but I wasn’t sure I was ready to commit to a painting project and we wrapped it in paper instead.
Our happy little paper-wrapped shelf weathered the year quite well. Aside from a little pencil sketch one side and a wad of gum, no harm was done. The paper did start fading, however, and a paint project became inevitable.
I headed to Wal-Mart where I ran into two of my fellow teacher friends who gave me advice on which kind of spray paint to use and helped me pick out colors. We chose a vibrant royal blue and gold yellow to match our school colors. The shelf would be blue and I would use the the Ellison machine to make a paw-print template to represent our school cougar mascot. I returned to work the next day armed with paint and determination.
After setting up a spray area outside the back door of the media center, I was ready to begin my project. The whole project took two Phases. Phase one, I sprayed the the whole thing blue and let it dry. Phase two, I used the paw-print template to make a paw-print trail. I had a junior painter (my co-worker’s daughter again!), assist with this phase. All in all, it was a pretty easy project which I probably should have done last year!