Monday, July 21, 2014

Monday Made-It - Teacher Toolbox

I have a confession. I am NOT the most organized teacher, but I am working on it. Last year, I always had people ask me where this or that was. it wasn't all in the same place. I couldn't find something when I needed it. Some items were at my desk, some where at my guided reading table. This year, I think I am ONLY going to have a Guided Reading table. Anyway, I LOVE the idea of a teacher toolbox to keep everything together.

This weekend I went 3 different store to find the PERFECT teacher toolbox. I started at Wal-Mart. They didn't have anything close to what I wanted, but I did pick up the Scotch Expressions tape that I used. It was on clearance. It looks great, but I won't buy it again. Then I went to Lowes. They only had tall ones and I wanted a wide one. They did have great spray paint that matched the tape. I ended up at Home Depot with this beauty.

It is pretty easy to take out all of the drawers and spray paint. I have done a LOT of spray painting this summer and I have to say, this spray paint was my FAVORITE. It was Valspar paint and primer in one. I did not have to spray it a million times like I did with the cookie sheets. The color came out just like the lid.

I downloaded the cards free on TPT HERE. I liked them because they were in word and I could edit the font. I wanted blank ones so that I could use the tape, but you can find other free ones on TPT with borders. Just type Teacher Toolbox into the search engine. I bought the tape on clearance at Wal-mart. I thought it would be like the washi tape, but ti wasn't. It was like regular scotch tape with designs. It was hard to move when I put it on crooked. It also didn't cut as easily as washi tape. At one point, the tape split. I won't buy it again. I do like the colors though.

When you look at the toolbox, it does not look long enough to hold sharpies, but it is.

The final product is BEAUTIFUL!!! I LOVE it and can't wait to put it in my classroom.

While I was out this weekend, I bought PVC pipe to make an anchor chart stand, but my husband hasn't had a chance to cut the pipe. Maybe I will surprise you with it tomorrow.

Be sure to check out who else linked up with Tara for Monday Made It!


  1. Love it, Kelly! It's going to look fabulous in your classroom! I am making an anchor chart stand right now :) Will let you know how it turns out.

  2. Where did you get your Valspar paint for plastic? I wanted to know before I go out and try to find it!

    1. Lowes. They have a great selection of colors. It is paint and primer in one, which makes a difference.This is the third brandI have tried this summer!!!

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