Oh happy day! I finally did it! I finally finished the children’s art gallery wall that has been inside my head for over a year. For the last 2 days, I’ve been shopping my house to get all the frames I need, picking out kid’s artwork (and commissioning a few new pieces) and spray painting some of those frames to get the cohesive look I was after.
But this isn’t just any gallery wall, this is a gallery wall with a chalkboard wall on the bottom! It’s 2 projects in 1! It looked like this for exactly 24 hours…that’s the amount of time that the chalkboard paint must cure before you can write on it.
My boys were literally waiting with chalk in hand while the last 5 minutes clicked down. But who can blame them? How often does mom encourage you to write on the wall?
The “before” picture looks so sad now. It’s between my sons’ bedrooms at the end of the upstairs hallway. You can’t really do much with the space because any furniture blocks their bedroom doors. So the idea for this gallery wall was born.
And now, I’m totally smitten. Is it wrong to love a wall this much? The best part is that I didn’t spend one single dime on the whole project.
I have a rather sizable collection of frames that I’ve found at thrift stores and on clearance. Some of them were already white and I spray painted the rest with Rustoleum’s Blossom White. I had the chalkboard paint in my stash from a project last year and, of course, the artwork was free! I love all the colors and the little extras that I was able to work into this gallery wall. Everything on that wall means love to me.
In the next few days, I’ll share some “how-to’s” and tips for putting together a gallery wall like this one. But for now, I just want to look at this picture.
That made it all worth it for me.
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