At $10, it was a great deal, but the primary colors were not my cup of tea. I came across this kids room on Visual Vocabularie and it inspired me to give our abacus a little paint job.
It's a quick, easy, and oddly therapeutic little DIY that can be finished in the period of a long nap. That's how I pick DIY projects these days :)
Here's what you need to get started
- Tape the metal bars. You will be painting the beads without removing them from the abacus.
- Organize your paint from lightest to darkest. It helps to number them (#1 being the lightest, #6 being the darkest)
- Paint the top row with bottle #1
- Mix Paint #1 & paint #2 to create the color for the second row
- Paint the third row color #2
- Mix Paint #2 & paint #3 to create the color for the fourth row
- Repeat all the way down the Abacus.
A few notes
- I found that mixing the colors, as outlined above, created a beautiful ombre flow.
- Most colors took three coats (thankfully they dry fast).
- I used Acrylic craft paint, but if your little one likes to chew on the beads, you may want to investigate different types of paint.
We are working on creating a minute playroom for Brody and I can't wait to put this in there.