Monday, August 10, 2015

#MondayMadeIt - Teacher Toolbox to match my classroom!

Happy Monday!  I am jumping on the #MondayMadeIt train for the first time with Fourth Grade Frolics.


All of my friends seem to have a teacher toolbox and I wanted to take the plunge a few years ago, but I never did because I wasn't sure what to put in it.  That was my reason.  Ridiculous!   

Well, my local friend Ashley from Teach Create Motivate made her toolbox and labels a few weeks ago for a Monday Made It and it was so bright and cheery!  Go check it out here. Her post inspired me to finally get it together and make my own toolbox.

First, I visited my local hardware store to purchase the toolbox and spray paint.  I went with this 22-drawer bin and the flat black Valspar spray paint.


The second step was the scariest for me because I didn't want to mess it up while spray painting.  It took me another almost 2 weeks to finally work up the courage to spray paint it!  It was one of the easiest things I have ever spray painted.  Took all of 10 minutes to get it looking perfect.


Third, instead of paying for cute labels on TPT, I decided I would make my own.  I used backgrounds that were close enough in pattern and color with my classroom theme so that they would match perfectly.  I printed them on cardstock, hard laminated, and adhered them to the outside of the drawers with double sided tape. 



My toolbox enabled me to clean out TWO drawers in my desk to make room for other things and take the clutter off of the TOP of my desk.  There was a few hiccups when actually placing items in each drawer...not everything fit as well as I had hoped (I didn't measure beforehand), so some modifications occurred and some things are in the drawer diagonally so the drawer will close.  BUT, I am in love and I can't believe I didn't do this sooner because the process was so easy.  

Did you make anything fun today?  Let me know what you made today in the comments below.  Thanks for reading.