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Friday, August 26, 2011

{2x4 raceway building blocks} featuring martha stewart paint & tools

I had the best day last week.  It was seriously like Christmas when a very large brown box showed up on my doorstep, and I opened it up to find it overflowing with the most fantastic products! 

I'm delighted to introduce you to the Martha Stewart Crafts Decorative Paint Line, brought to you exclusively by Plaid Crafts. I was privileged to preview the line, and I'm here to tell you that you are going to love it!  

Here's what I love about it...
  • It is incredibly versatile.The paint is formulated to work on ALL crafting surfaces including wood, metal, glass, ceramic, terra-cotta and fabric.  It is indoor/outdoor safe, dishwasher-safe on glass.
  •  There are 160 paint colors in five finishes (Satin, High Gloss, Glitter, Pearl, Metallic).
  • The line includes really cool specialty brushes, and 3 sizes of stencils---large, medium, and adhesive.
  • One of the things I'm most excited about? A spray paint kit that turns all of their craft paints into spray paint! (Click HERE for more details.)
My boys are two, and totally obsessed with cars, so as soon as I saw the car and road stencils in the Large "Playroom" Stencil set, I knew what I wanted to do for my first project.  I created a raceway and building block set out of a 2x4, and I must say, it has been a HUGE hit. What I love about it is that they can create roads for their cars (and use larger cars that don't fit on other race tracks), and also use them as blocks--can't beat that!

  • 2x4, cut into desired lengths (cars:  5.25 in., long track: 9 in., corner track: 3.5 in.)
  • gray spray paint
  • Craft Paint {Martha Stewart}
  • Car and road stencils {Martha Stewart}
  • Brushes {Martha Stewart utility and pouncer brushes}
  • sander


1.  Cut your 2x4 into desired lengths. (see the sizes I used above)

2.  Spray all the blocks gray.  I used Rustoleum's Granite spray paint, satin finish.  (I would have used the Martha Stewart line, but I didn't have a gray.) Let dry completely.

3.  Stencil on the road and car, using whatever colors you like!  (No, I don't have hairy fingers.  Yes, that is my very cooperative husband who held it down while I took pictures.)

4.  I could have stopped here, but I didn't.  I have this internal compelling force to distress everything I make, and despite my husband's arguments to the contrary, I went to work with my sander.  After all, roads don't look brand new, do they???!!! However, the paint comes off really fast, so be careful. I know this from personal experience, lol. Use a damp cloth to wipe off the excess dust, and you're done!  So easy!

I just love how they turned out. Kind of a vintage-y feel to them. Most of all, the boys loved them too.

You can make as many as you like, creating as big of a raceway as you want to.  I definitely need to make some more! These also work really well inside OR outside, and all the blocks are perfect for stacking.

What a super fun gift for a little boy you know!


HERE is a link to a 40% off coupon to get you started!

Here are a few other great tutorials using this line...

{Back to School Crafting Fun} The Crafting Chicks
{Stenciled Pillows} Tater Tots and Jello
{Frosted Mirror} A Little Tipsy
{Stenciled Pencil Skirt} Brassy Apple

*100% of all opinions belong to me...full post disclosure here.



Blogger Dawn said...

love this idea-my son would go crazy! love those stencils too-i'll have to go take a look at them and maybe use them in his room somehow

August 26, 2011 at 8:25 AM  
Blogger Lei said...

Oh my word that is the cutest project ever!

August 26, 2011 at 9:18 AM  
Blogger Farmgirl Chaos said...

Fabulous idea for boy toys! Thanks for sharing. {I sure with Martha would send me fun craft supplies.} :)

August 26, 2011 at 10:38 AM  
Blogger Brassy Apple said...


August 26, 2011 at 11:10 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

that is A. Dorable!! What a great idea.

August 26, 2011 at 12:45 PM  
Blogger Veronica said...

Very cute! Thanks for sharing.

August 26, 2011 at 4:03 PM  
Blogger Cristan said...

So cute. Love this idea!

August 26, 2011 at 4:56 PM  
Blogger Steph said...

What a great idea! Totally cute!

August 26, 2011 at 7:48 PM  
Blogger Perry In 1st said...

I love my Martha Stewart Glitter! Going to have to put the paints on my Christmas List:)

August 26, 2011 at 9:07 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

What an adorable idea for little boys! The road is too cute. Thanks for the shout out for my mirror!

August 27, 2011 at 12:18 AM  
Blogger Jilly said...

Adorable idea for little boys. I sure kids will receive it with smile on face. The coloring also is perfect.
flash bellek

August 27, 2011 at 1:06 AM  
Blogger Amanda said...

Oh! What a cute idea, love how it turned out! I used the font stencils and pearl paint to redo some tray tables, making them his and hers!

August 28, 2011 at 6:13 PM  
Blogger Katie said...

These are super cute and very creative! I found you via Crafterminds!

August 29, 2011 at 8:37 AM  
Blogger InMyOwnStyle said...

This is the cutest little play set. What a creative idea. I want to play with it - zoom zoom...
My best- Diane

August 29, 2011 at 6:48 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

This is such a cute gift idea!

August 30, 2011 at 4:13 AM  
Blogger Mod Podge Amy said...

That is so fun! I squealed out loud when I saw it!

September 4, 2011 at 9:19 PM  
Blogger Julie {BuildSewReap} said...

This is a great idea. I have too much scrap wood in my lumber pile so I'm always looking for great ways to use them up. I think my little guy might get some road blocks this Christmas. Thanks for sharing!!

September 7, 2011 at 11:37 PM  

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