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Start-em-early Kids' Tool Tote

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Paint the pieces

Paint the pieces

Apply the colorful paints to the project
  1. Sand any areas that need it to 180 grit, and remove the dust. Then apply two coats of primer to the tote and tools, ensuring you saturate the thirsty edges of the MDF and hardboard. (We used Rust-Oleum Painter's Touch aerosol, no. 1981 White Primer.) Sand lightly to 220 grit between coats to remove the raised fibers.
  2. Apply two coats of paint to the tote and tools using colors of your choice or following the color key on the free Downloadable Plans at the end of the story. We used Painter's Touch aerosol, no. 1994 Almond, for the tote assembly (A/B/C). For the two-tone tools, we used the Painter's Touch colors identified on the patterns, painting the complete tools with two coats of one color, and then masking them where necessary to paint the areas with the second color, where shown on the patterns. For example, we painted the entire chisel with two coats of no. 1982 Winter Gray, masked the blade, and then painted the handle with two coats of no. 1945 Sun Yellow.
  3. Finally, after the paint dries, present the tool tote to a child, and watch the excitement begin as he or she plays with the tools and matches them to the openings in the holders.

 

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