chalkboard gallery

Chalkboard Gallery

I’ve seen a few home ‘Gallery’ walls for children’s artwork around the internet recently, and have been really keen to do something similar.  However all of the ones I’ve seen have been fairly ‘permanent’, and I wanted to do something a little more flexible that I could change very easily – mainly because we’re still trying to sell the house.  I also really liked the idea of having a wall for the kids (and me) to draw on – there must be a closet graffiti artist in me somewhere. When I remembered that I had an unused tin of chalkboard paint which had been in the garage for years, it seemed like fate. We also had the perfect wall in the kitchen for it.

Truth be told, the whole thing took me rather longer than I expected to create.  As usual, I launched myself into it, full of enthusiasm, expecting to finish it quickly and easily, but in the end it took 4 coats of paint to cover up the white wall beneath properly.  Progress was also not helped by the fact that I ran out of the original paint, and had to buy another tin, only to find that in the intervening 10 years they must have changed the formulation – the colour was not quite as black this time even though the tin itself was identical. So a further 2 coats had to go on top of the 1 and a bit coats I’d already put on using the old tin.

But it seems that these days you don’t have to choose traditional black, and there are now quite a few alternative colours to choose from when creating a chalkboard wall.  For example I found dark pink and a blue chalkboard paint in B&Q, as well as magnetic chalkboard paint.  For some reason though I didn’t really fancy making the whole kitchen wall magnetic – we have a large side by side fridge and freezer to supply those needs, so I just stuck the pictures on with blu-tac instead.

Overall I’m really pleased with the effect – it’s easy to do and makes a great feature, as well as being another creative resource to keep the kids occupied.

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13 Responses to “Chalkboard Gallery”
  1. That looks fantastic. I’ve been contemplating using some chalkboard paint on an area of my kitchen wall and I love the way this looks.

  2. I have a blackboard wall painted with magnetic paint and it is not up to much, to be honest. Magnets – the slimmest, lightest, most powerful kind – just manage to cling on to the wall as long as they are not separated from it by anything as substantial as paper. And that was after five coats.

  3. I think this looks great – I love the chalk frames! What a great display idea :-)

  4. jude says:

    @The Coffee Lady – hmm that’s interesting to know – I did suspect that might be the case.

  5. angie says:

    I painted a chalkboard wall a few months ago and we love it! Doesn’t look as bright as it did at first, but still fantastic and gets lots of use.

  6. That looks great – I desperately want an artwork wall, but like you hoping to move so will wait for our new place.

  7. Love the hand drawn frames – great touch. I did this http://glitteringshards.blogspot.com/2009/12/childrens-art-gallery.html to make ours moveable – link loads of frames with string and a staple gun. Works well as you can change to different walls in the house (which I am doing as we now have new furniture on the wall in that picture!). PS love the think you did with photos on your other blog :)

  8. Krista says:

    this is fabulous! a perfect place for my daughter’s art other than a keepsake box because i don’t have anywhere to display all the great art she provides. did you paint the entire wall? i LOVE this idea, but don’t think i could paint my entire kitchen wall.

  9. Karen says:

    We could never seem to display all the art work that our 3 kids produce … from paper crafts to canvas paintings and more. We came up with a twist on the chalkboard wall idea and went with a magnetic wall and some fun magnets to create a flexible space for displaying all kinds of art treasures. Read about our solution at http://www.simplyfunfamilies.com/ (blog post for April 22, 2014). You’ll see how our MAGNIFICENT ART WALL keeps our little artists inspired and showcases their work for all to see!

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