Updated Oil Drip Pans

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This is one of my two, well-loved, well-used oil drip trays.  I use them for my crossword center, my Boggle center (IOU a post on this!), my poetry and story board centers, and I’m sure I will find many more uses for them in the future.

When you buy an oil drip tray they are this galvanized looking metal.  (Autozone, $9.99, bring a big garbage bag to put them in because they’re greasy until you clean them).  I thought it would be a nice touch in my new library to paint them to match my green/pink/orange color scheme.

I cleaned the trays and primed them with spray paint primer (I believe I used Rustoleum brand).

 And added a few coats of colored spray paint: 

The green is less yellow in real-life.  I think it was called Key Lime and in real life it’s a key lime pie color :)

This one hasn’t been used yet but I love how it’s tucked in its own little nook.

6 Responses to “Updated Oil Drip Pans”

  1. Alyssa

    I love this idea! I bought some pans at Walmart that I didn’t have to clean, so that was nice! How do you get them to stay on the wall or shelf? Right now, I have mine just laying on a table.

    • Mrs. Lodge

      I used command strips…amazing! They’re also holding up my truffula trees and nothing’s fallen down yet :)

  2. SweetP

    Like Alyssa, I bought cookie sheets at Dollar Tree, but I think I can invest in at least one drip pan. I love the idea of painting them. Another weekend project to add to my list. 😉

  3. Carolyn

    I didn’t realize the drip pans were so big! I’m going to have to get one of those. I use small cookie sheets with felt on the back for working at tables and on the floor with story parts, but I need one of these! I can’t wait to put together a magnetic poetry or word work station!

  4. nancy

    How do you clean them, anything special?

  5. Darra

    I am a first time media assistant, and I have been eager to shake things up here in the library. You have been a huge lifesaver! My husband won’t believe me when I tell him I need to go to the auto parts store.

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