Because our house has a lot of built-ins, we actually don't have very much wall space in our home. The walls look full, but they're filled with tall baseboards, thick woodwork around our windows and lots of storage space. Before Eli was born, I just used the side of the fridge for photos, calendars, invitations and announcements, it worked well, but it really wasn't enough space for everything I wanted to hang. The short hall leading off our kitchen into the basement was a wall I had never really thought of before. While we've painted nearly every room in our house, this was one wall that had never received my DIY treatment, probably because while it wasn't pretty, it wasn't really an eyesore, so it just remained as is.
Anyhow, here's the final product. Please keep in mind, I did not "style" or draw on this for the photos - this is real life and how it's looking after about six weeks of use. A bit of a hot mess, but that just means children are around, right?
The magnetic paint works pretty well, but I still have to admit it's not that strong. It holds lightweight magnetics that have a full magnetic backing, but anything with a little heft to it, or is a large piece with only small magnet (like a chip clip) doesn't stay up. These wooden animal magnets stay on just fine, and kids of all ages seem to love them.
Even though Eli's not old enough to really maximize using the new wall, we have plenty of our friend's kiddos over who have been able to help break it in. That's our neighbor's sweet daughter up there, and below is a bit of her art. (You might have noticed, I took these pictures on a few different days, which is why the wall looks different - and - the baby gate went up so Eli doesn't fall right down the stairs on one of his steamrolling missions.)
On a side note: I fully realize the stairs are not the best spot for a kiddo to play. Chalk it up to a First-time Mom Fail, but I didn't realize what I'd done until it was finished. It really hasn't been too big of a deal, anytime kids are drawing on it or playing with the magnets, I'm right there with them and usually by the time they're old enough to actually want to interact with the wall, they're pretty self-aware about stairs.
To make my dream of Eli bringing home artwork for me a reality, I had an impromptu painting session with him one afternoon (I'll be writing all about how it went down in my next Rookie Mom's Challenge!) and he created these lovely pieces of abstract art for me. I considered writing "I Love You Mommy" in big letters with my left hand along the bottom, but seeing as Eli can't even speak, people would probably know that it was me. Only a few more years...
How about you? Done anything fun lately with your walls?