Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Monday Made It

Next time I will place a piece of paper/cardstock between the plastic and tape on both sides. Some of the residue was hard to remove. I would also make sure I went up a little more with the tape for a thicker line to hide any of the original color that might show in the crease. Not to much more than above, just a little.
The white strips of thin cardboard shown here came with the pocket chart.
Once both sides of the pocket are covered you may spray the back now or wait until after you are done with the front.
Take it slow and use thin coats to avoid puddles and runs with the paint.

You can also do this before you fold the pockets and put tape on the back.
When you are all done spraying you finally get to......
Removing all of the tape you spent forever putting on is a great feeling!!
However, then my friend Mr. Red shows up again! I checked it and it looked ok while spraying. You may need to pull the pocket back a little and spray down there. When I did the pink on red this wasn't noticeable because they colors were not so different like these are. This will be covered up when you put things in the pockets.
However.... I am kind of meticulous so the red was bugging me!!
I added tape again on the front only, I made sure to cover the whole pocket except for what I was spraying (a thicker line).  You can get the over spray off with a magic eraser but it is so much easier just to cover every pocket on the top real quick.
If needed, clean the pockets after your all done spraying.
 Yeah, I was so excited!!!
You only need a little dot of glue if you use super glue, it will spread and cover the area. When you are gluing do not put the chart on the table and press down to adhere or your finger behind it, the glue seeps to the back a little! I learned this the hard way, my poor table and finger! I just held it up and pressed on the front. It dried pretty fast! If you sew, you may just want to use a clear thread instead of glue. You can now choose your item to run down the sides to hide the glue!! With the thicker washi on the pink one I did use a little bit of glue to help it adhere to the chart.
And, your done!!! I would LOVE to see your pics!!
Sorry about the pic! It was hard to take a picture with it hanging and the plastic pockets.

Lessons Learned and Suggestions
1. Use gloves when spray painting. The paint on your hands will get on the pocket when you remove the tape!
2. Use a strip of paper or cardstock between the tape and the pocket on both sides. I originally just used the strip that it came with because it was already there, but it really helped! This will save you time later! I had to remove some of the residue from the tape and it wasn't easy.
3. Glossy spray paint was easier to use than satin. The satin tended to make little puddles and run.
4. Use colors that compliment each other. When I sprayed the red with purple as seen above, it was a lot harder than the pink on red. If the red showed a little bit in at the bottom of the pocket it wasn't as noticeable. A blue pocket chart would of been a lot better for the purple. I know I have said this a million times!! LOL
5. Take your time and use thin coats. The thread takes a little more paint to cover.
 Thank you for stopping by!!
Now go buy some spray paint and turn that old blue pocket chart into something you LOVE!!


  1. This is so cool. I'm in love and will be doing this but I'm a little confused about the first cut. What am I actually cutting? Thread? The clear pocket? I want to do my 100 chart and it has 100 pockets so I can't make 100 cuts. Hmmmm

    1. Hello! I did cut the clear pockets on both sides so that I could get behind the pocket. The 100 chart would be a lot of cutting if you wanted to get behind the pocket. Maybe you could cover the pockets just the outside by using a vertical strip, spraying, removing, then horizontal, and spraying. You wouldn't get behind the pocket but maybe then cut some patterned or solid paper and use a diff color for each row/group of 10 and then put the number in front of it. I know my coworker adds a number each day to the 100 chart until the hundredth day of school so in that case the paper and rows would be cute. The kids don't interact with it to much so it wouldnt be a problem having the paper there because the wouldn't pull it out. Let me look at mine and see. Honesty, I didn't even think of that one! Lol How do you use the chart? Thank you!

  2. Wow! These look great!! I was just thinking about this. Thanks for the tutorial! I would love to spray mine black to go with my classroom, but I'm a bit nervous! haha :)

    Smiles from Second Grade