How to Make a Busy Board: How to Paint a Busy Board

Do you need to paint a busy board? Of course. Who would miss such fun?

How to Make a Busy Board: How to Paint a Busy Board

How to Make a Busy Board: How to Paint a Busy Board 1600 1200 Vera Karimova

How to make a busyboard that will surely be a hit? Should you paint it at all? We say, yes, and anyone can do it.
The functionality of this developmental toy will stay there, whether you paint it or not, but the aesthetic side should not be left aside. Besides, a painted board is more eye-catching and gets babies’ attention at once.

How to paint a busybooard so that all lines are crisp? What colors to go for to complement the playroom? What kind of paint you should use, and how long it will take to finish the project? Read on to find our answers.

Painting a board IS important. When I’m making a busyboard, the background pattern massively influences the whole theme, making it from a simple toy for toddlers into a true activity center.

Yet there’s more to it. In a hot and humid climates, for example, covering the wooden board with at least one layer of paint helps to save it from mold. A painted board will be easier to clean – also crucial, because, toddlers.

how to paint busy boards with patterns
I love crisp and bold patterns. They look fun, catch the eye, stimulate and deliver the idea. The best part about them is that they are so easy to paint.
You will need:
  1. Painters tape
  2. X-acto knife
  3. Acrylic Paint
  4. Foam roller and a brush
  5. Old newspapers
  6. A pencil
  7. Compass or some small bowls

Pick the color pattern to your liking. For me, the best combo is two main colors and one accent.

Apply the prime coat of white color for the brightest result. Without it, wood will absorb a lot of paint and your color will end up looking translucent.

If you like this more natural look, though, — skip the primer

Lay out your design with painters tape. Depending on the complexity of the pattern, you might need several rounds of Steps 3 – 7.

Of course, straight lines will be the easiest

If you want to have some round accents like circles, waves or rainbows, you can make them with bowls. Trace the shape onto painters tape and cut out with the knife.

How to paint a busy board with shaped elements, like these clouds, for example? Make a stencil. You got it. Draw or print, trace on cardboard and cut out your desired pattern. Same goes for names or initials.

Leave the tape on the areas you DON’T want to be painted.

Apply one or two coats of paint. Use different rollers for different colors. Let dry.

Peel off the painters tape. Depending on the brand you used, you might face a little challenge here.

Using your brushes, fix the imperfections.

Add the accent color. If there’s just a touch of it, no need to hassle with paint and rollers – use brushes.

Let dry thoroughly before the assembly. Woot woot! Now you know how to paint a busy board.

how to paint busy boards with patterns

So, it’s as simple as stick-paint-peel-repeat. You’ve got it.

Drive inspiration from whatever comes to your mind. Cars, planes, ships, fire engines, names, favorite movies, books, anime (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧ or literally whatever. Use anything your baby loves most, making a super bright positive spot in the playroom.

If you need help re-thinking your idea into a graphic pattern, drop me a line here. Together we can come up with something cool.

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