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Painting with PlayColor

Bigjigs introduced Playcolor products to their range back in March of this year. It is the no mess
painting alternative and they sent me a free sample in red and gold for the boys to try out.

Play Colour

It has taken us a while to get round to trying it out, but last weekend son2 put Playcolor to the test.

Playcolor Metallic Solid Poster Paint

Son2 tested them out on his bear picture and we were both very impressed. It was easy for him to hold and use. It functions like a glue stick with a rotating mechanism and has a lid to replace after use. It dries very quickly on the paper and washes off his hands easily.

Playcolor Metallic Solid Poster Paint

So Playcolor has all of the benefits of poster paint but without any of the mess! No need for water or paintbrushes and doesn’t wrinkle the paper either. Quick drying and solvent free. The range includes paints for use on paper, cardboard, textiles, and even face paints.

A pack of 6 assorted 10g colours currently retails for £5.99. Good value in my opinion and ideal for school or home use. Suitable for age 3+.

And I have an offer to pass on to my readers – 10% off your next purchase of Playcolor at Bigjigs with discount code: “GBPC10PC”. This offer can also be redeemed on Amazon, so long as you select Bigjigs Toys as the seller.

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Disclosure.  This post is a review of a product I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.


Hopefully the end of Winter is in sight and Spring is on the way. So it is now time to start thinking of outdoor jobs again.

One job on my agenda is to weatherproof the new box that has just been replaced for my water purifier. The old box was only five years old, but the wood was starting to rot, probably partially earlier than need be, due to not having been weatherproofed. So I don’t intend to make that mistake again.

And I have received 2 tins of Matt Clear Sealer free to review from Rust-oleum. Just the ticket for this particular job. My first top tip is always remember to measure up the area of your project before you start. 1 tin would not have been enough for the size of my box.

Rust-oleum Clear Sealer paint

It has been quite difficult to find a suitable gap in the weather for outdoor painting, especially as this product requires a minimum of 10 degrees. It has either been too cold or too wet. But I took the opportunity yesterday as it looked bright and 12 degrees. However I had barely started the painting when it greyed over and began to rain. Luckily it was only spitting, but it did make me rather rush the job, so the end result does look a bit streaky. Not the fault of the product though and at least the box is now better weatherproofed. With hindsight, I should have waited until today, as 14 degrees and no rain. But it is forecast to be back to single figures again tomorrow.

So here are the photos before the box was painted.

Weatherproofing the water filter box

Weatherproofing the water filter box

Weatherproofing the water filter box

I took the lid off, in order to paint the base first. And did the area near the top first, in order to give it a chance to start drying, since the rain meant that the lid needed to go back on asap. Otherwise I had originally planned to paint all the base, then wait an hour before replacing the lid and painting it.

Weatherproofing the water filter box

And just after painting.

Weatherproofing the water filter box

And finally the next day once the paint had dried. Ready to face the elements.

weatherproofing the water purifier

The clear sealer paint comes in a 125ml tin. There is also a satin finish variant. It is available from Homebase, currently retailing at £4.99. Also available at B&Q and other stores.

And my other top tip is to use the right size brush for the job. I thought my paint brush was the right size for the area I had to cover, but found it was just too big to fit easily into the tins.

So I’d love to hear what spring-time projects are on your to-do list?

Family Fever

Disclosure. This post is a review of a product I was sent for free. All opinions are my own. 

A Christmas branch

I love making natural Christmas decorations. so on a Winter woodland walk I grabbed myself a large dead branch from the ground. Ideal for the project I had in mind. Although note to self for future reference, try and do this near the end of the walk rather than the beginning. It was rather cumbersome to carry several miles especially through gates, and I did get it snagged on barbed wire a couple of times.

I had received some silver glitter spray paint free to review from Rust-oleum and this was what I was going to use to jazz up my branch.

Rust-oleum glitter spray paint

Luckily the weather was dry enough and not windy for me to be able to spray the branch outside, as I’m sure if I had attempted it inside, that I would have ended up with paint flecks on everything nearby. I removed the remaining leaves first.

A Christmas branch

I’ve never used spray paint before but I found it is very simple to use. No brushes needed. However I was anticipating it to give quite a deep silver colour. Instead I found it was almost translucent. Looks very nice still, but doesn’t show too well in the photos. Perhaps I should have given it an extra coat.

A Christmas branch

It dried to the touch very quickly and the instructions indicated that it would be hard dry in 24hrs, so I left it in the garage overnight. Then I stood my branch in a plant pot and filled it with small pebbles, to ensure the branch was stable. And finally I hung Christmas baubles on my branch.

A Christmas Branch

I was very pleased with the finished result and it was very quick and easy to do. Next project is to make a Christmas display with the pine cones that I painted last Easter.

The silver glitter spray paint comes in a 400ml aerosol can. It also comes in gold. It is available from Homebase, currently retailing at £9.49. Also available at B&Q and other stores. A nice product but don’t rely on it looking as bright as the image on the can.

So I’d love to hear what craft projects you are making for Christmas?

Family Fever

Disclosure. This post is a review of a product I was sent for free. All opinions are my own. 

A golden Easter display

I recently received two free products from Rust-oleum to review. I’ve already blogged about using their dry wipe paint to upcycle an old pinboard into a whiteboard and now I’m going to tell you what I did with their metallic gold paint.

Rust-oleum metallic gold paint

This was a product that I had originally expected to receive last year, although in spray format. And I had collected some pine cones last autumn ready to use in making Christmas decorations. So instead I decided to still paint the pine cones gold and use them in an Easter display for now. Then nearer Christmas time, I will convert them into decorations as originally planned.

Easter pine cone display

This was a lot simpler to use than the dry wipe paint, as I just needed to give it a quick stir after opening the tin to blend it, and then I was ready to start. I used a small brush but even so, a pine cone is quite fiddly to paint and would probably have looked a lot better with a spray paint. Perhaps I should have kept an old lamp that I recently gave away. With a new shade, it would have looked very nice painted gold.

Pine cones painted with Rust-oleum gold paint

Pine cone painted with Rust-oleum gold paint

It recommended leaving it 30 – 60 minutes to dry, but I actually left them overnight.

Painting pine cones with Rust-oleum gold paint

The gold paint comes in a 250 ml can and is certified Toy-safe so you can use it to decorate children’s toys and furniture. It is available from Homebase, currently retailing at £7.99. It also comes in silver. Good value and suitable for lots of projects. I do recommend this product.

So I’d love to hear what projects you would use this type of paint for? How about picture frames, dishes or vases.

Family Fever

Disclosure. This post is a review of a product I was sent for free. All opinions are my own. 

Upcycling project – creating our own whiteboard

I have received two free products from Rust-oleum to review, the first of which is their dry wipe paint. You’ll have to watch out for another blog post to hear about the other product.

Rust-oleum dry wipe paint

Initially before the product arrived, I had a big plan. I intended to convert son1’s wardrobe doors into a large whiteboard area that he could write on. He has always been a bit naughty about writing and drawing on walls, even fairly recently when he is old enough to know better. So I thought this would give him an area to express his creativity without getting into trouble.

Rust-oleum dry wipe paint

However once the product arrived, I decided to downsize the plan, as when I opened the box, I found it contained two tins – a smaller tin A and a larger tin B. Reading the instructions, I was uncertain of the proportions to use of each. It talked about pouring B into A, but how much? B was bigger than A, so certainly wouldn’t all fit in tin A. It also said to apply within 10 minutes of mixing and to recoat after 2 hours. I concluded it would be best to mix some of A and B in a separate paint tray and hope that I got the proportions okay.

I therefore decided to downsize the plan to instead upcycle a small pinboard into a whiteboard. Luckily I hadn’t described the project to son1, so he won’t know there has been a change of plan. This meant there would be plenty of paint leftover to try again if my proportions were wrong. I also missed out the step to apply a primer first, since I hadn’t been sent a primer. The original email had mentioned a magnetic primer, but when I opened the package, I found this hadn’t been included. That could have added another fun element to the project, a magnetic whiteboard, as the boys love magnets.

It also recommended that for part A, the activator, you should wear protective gloves and eye protection. I don’t have any safety glasses, but I did pop a pair of disposable gloves on, before I opened the tin. I then poured some of part A into my paint tray, followed by some of part B. I mixed them together for the recommended 2 minutes before applying a first coat to the pinboard. I then washed away any spare paint from the tray and roller, ready to start again in a couple of hours time, at which point I repeated the process for the second coat.

Making a whiteboard with Rust-oleum dry wipe paint

The next thing is to allow the dry wipe surface to cure for 5 days at 20 deg C or to allow more time in cooler temperatures. I decided to wait a week in that case.

Fast forward one week and I presented the whiteboard to son1 along with a washable marker pen. I waited with bated breath whilst he wrote his first message, then I tried to rub it off initially with a piece of dry kitchen roll. This did leave a slight blue smudge, so I tried again with a wet cloth. Result, it cleaned off perfectly, ready to use again. My worry about whether I had got the proportions right was over. I was very pleased and so was son1. He is loving his new whiteboard and he can still use it as a pinboard too. A step up from his old toddler magic drawing board which he had never let me get rid of.

Making a whiteboard with Rust-oleum dry wipe paint

Making a whiteboard with Rust-oleum dry wipe paint

The RRP for Rust-oleum dry wipe paint is £34.99 and it is available from B&Q, Homebase and other leading stockists. More information is on the Rust-oleum website. The product comprises 200 ml of the activator and 800 ml of the white gloss. I’ve no idea if this is good value or not as it is such a niche product. It is obviously a lot more expensive than just purchasing a litre of gloss paint. But I do recommend this product although I would prefer it to be made clear on the instructions as to optimum proportions of part A and B. And also whether it was necessary for me to dispose of spare activated paint after coat 1, or did I misinterpret that and needlessly wasted some of the product? I don’t know.

I also noticed the tag line on the box said Trusted Quality since 1921 and that Rust-oleum products are manufactured very near to where my grandparents used to live. My grandad was a painter and decorator, so I wonder if Rust-oleum might have been his brand of choice?

So I’d love to hear what projects you would use this type of paint for?

Family Fever

Disclosure. This post is a review of a product I was sent for free. All opinions are my own.