When you move into a new classroom, what is the first thing you do? Did I hear someone shout, "Paint the bulletin boards!" Oh, whoops, that was me shouting, wasn't it?!? Well, the truth is that I am very visual and am so much happier unpacking boxes when the walls look good. So now that my new classroom is a clean slate ...
...and before I start moving in boxes, I will tackle the bulletin boards. Don't get me wrong. I am not a crazy lady who completely finishes her bulletin boards before she unpacks. I am just a crazy lady who gets the background color onto her bulletin boards before she even moves her boxes in.
My favorite way to get color onto bulletin boads? Paint. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it! Now that I have experienced painted boards, I just can't go back to paper. Think of all the beautiful colors that are available at paint stores - any of those colors could be on your bulletin board! Yes, it takes time to paint the boards the first year, but unlike paper, paint doesn't fade and unlike fabric you don't have to wash it. I use regular old latex paint - any type of finish will work, I used eggshell, but you can use flat paint or get a shinier finish if you want. How shiny you go is a matter of taste. My previous boards were all a beautiful shade of blue. I loved the blue because it can be a backdrop for so many different things - a garden, a forest, an ocean, the list goes on and on. Paint your boards once and you never have to paint them again (unless you move rooms!!!!!) If you get bored with the color, you can always cover the paint with paper or repaint, I guess. (I have never been bored with the blue.) The amazing thing about the paint is that it lasts and lasts. I have not had any chipping at all. Lots of pinholes, but you have to get really close to notice those (and I am super picky and the pinholes have never bothered me). So ... guess where I am off to now? Yep, the paint store. What color will I pick? Blue, of course. But deciding which shade of blue will keep me occupied for awhile.
Love to all,
P.S. You can check out the beauty of my blue boards by looking at these photos. All that pretty blue is painted on. : )
(Okay, I am a little embarrassed about this board ... I wanted to leave the handprints up for a later project, but had nowhere else to post these leprechauns so I just stapled the leprechauns on top of the hands. LAZY!!!!)