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Child's Art Station

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Let your kids' inner artist take center stage with this easy-to-assemble wall-mounted art station.

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Project Overview

Skill Level

Beginner

Estimated Time

1 day

Estimated Cost

$$$$$

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • Tape measure
  • Hammer
  • Drill and 11/64 drill bit
  • Paint brush
  • Clamp

Materials

  • 1 (2x4-foot) 1/4-inch-thick birch plywood (#6197)
  • 2  drapery brackets (#274053)
  • 1  3/4-inch diameter dowel (#19414)
  • 1  1/4" x 2" x 2'  poplar craft board (#9366)
  • 1 mud trough (#124174)
  • 1 pack 8-32x1/2-inch Round Combo Machine Screws with Nuts (#57843)
  • 1 pack 8-32x3/8-inch Round Combo Machine Screws with Nuts (#57842)
  • 1 36-Pack 0.443 x 0.189-inch Flat Washers (#58122)
  • 3 packs T Nuts 8-32 x 1/4-inch (#137278)
  • 1 pack E-Z Wall Anchor (#71529)
  • 1 8 pack 8 x 1-1/4-inch Zinc Plated Pan Head Sheet Metal Screws (#57233)
  • White Latex High Gloss Paint (#222147)
  • 1 roll of craft paper  (we ordered ours from Discount School Supply)

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Instructions

No experience is necessary to build this art station. Ask a Lowe's associate to pre-cut the plywood and dowel and you won't even need a saw for this easy project. Follow these simple steps and you'll see that it is as easy as hanging brackets and mounting pieces to a board.

Make The Art Station

Step 1

Cut 12 inches off of the 4-foot side of the 2'x4-foot 1/4-inch-thick birch plywood, making it 2 by 3 feet (or ask a Lowe's associate to cut for you). Paint the front of the board. This will be the base of the art station. Cut the dowel making it 2 feet.
Good to Know
Pre-drill all the holes in the plywood before inserting any screws.

Step 2

Attach craft board to plywood base. Lay the plywood on a work surface. Measure 5-1/2 inches from the top of the plywood base and place the 1/4" x 2” x 2’ poplar craft board horizontally across the base and clamp in place. Mark 1-inch in from either end of the craft board. Drill a hole through the craft board and plywood using the 11/64 drill bit. Slide a washer onto a 8-32 x 1/2-inch round machine screw and put the screw through the craft board followed by another washer. Fasten the screw and washers through the plywood into a 8-32 x 1/4-inch T Nut on the back of the plywood for support. Repeat on the other side of the craft board.
Good to Know
The washer between the plywood and the craft board creates a space for the paper to slide.

Step 3

Attach drapery brackets. The drapery brackets hang above the craft board. Measure and mark 2 inches down and 1-1/2 inches in from the outer edge of the plywood. This is where you will hang the brackets. Attach the brackets with the hardware included. In addition, use 8-32 1/4-inch T Nuts on the back. The roll of craft paper will hang from the brackets.

Step 4

Attach mud pan. A 1/2 gallon mud pan hangs at the bottom of the plywood to coral art supplies. Drill two holes through the back of the mud pan 2- 1/2-inches and 1-inch down from either side. Place the outside edge of the short side of the mud pan 5-1/2 inches from the left of the plywood with the bottom of the mud pan hanging 1-1/2 inches above the bottom edge of the plywood. Mark the screw holes in the mud pan on the plywood and drill holes. Slide a washer onto a 8-32 x 3/8-inch round machine screw and put it through the mud pan and the plywood into the accompanying nut. Repeat on the other side of the mud pan.

Hanging the Art Station

Step 1

Locate and mark 1 inch in from the side and 1 inch down from the top of the plywood and drill a hole. Repeat for each corner. Decide where you want to hang the art station. Hold the art station level against the wall and use the holes to mark where the anchors will be. Screw the anchors into the wall.

Step 2

Line up the screw hole for the top left corner of the art station and insert an 8 x 1-1/4 zinc-plated pan head sheet metal screw through a washer and into the anchor. Repeat in each corner.

Step 3

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Thread the 3/4-inch dowel through the center of the roll of craft paper and rest the ends of the dowel on the brackets. Slide the end of the paper behind the piece of craft board and pull through.