Monday, October 24, 2011

Playroom Gallery Wall

I decided to make some changes to Elliotte’s playroom this weekend. I’ve been wanting to add a chalkboard to the wall so she can draw and color to her heart’s content. Anything to keep her occupied for a few minutes! I also wanted a place where we could display her “artwork”. I picked up a thin piece of plywood from Home Depot and painted it with chalkboard paint. I also got some trim so I could add a frame to the chalkboard. After cutting the trim with a friend’s miter saw (the cuts with the miter box last time were too rough, and I really wanted to use a miter saw!), I hot glued the frame together and then spray painted it.

Below is a pic of the green paint I started out with. It was WAY too bright, so I went with a softer blue, and it turned out much better.

The color is Peekaboo Blue by Krylon.

Much better!

After the paint dried, I glued the frame to the chalkboard with Liquid Nails and placed some of Ben’s weights on top to make a good seal. After a few hours, it was ready to hang!

Here’s the chalkboard all finished along with a new gallery wall! I am so excited about E’s new gallery wall in her playroom! The white frames are from Michael’s, and I plan to paint them a few different colors. The pink frames are from Goodwill. I spray painted them and added some scrapbook paper and metal clips to display artwork.

The table and chairs were mine when I was little and they received an update a few months ago.

E now has a proper place for tea time!

I ordered these baskets from WUSLU knowing that I would use them for playroom storage. The bottom basket holds favorite friends, and the top basket holds E’s chalk for now.

E can draw on her tabletop too! It’s coated in chalkboard paint as well.

I still need to fill in two of the white frames, but I couldn’t wait to post about the new gallery wall! I can’t wait to see E playing in here now and all the pretty pictures she will draw on her new chalkboard!

Please excuse the horrible lighting in these pictures! The playroom is in the end our basement that does not have any natural light! It’s a fabulous space, but you have no idea if it’s day or night!


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Ashley said...

Very cool! I want to make one of these for my kitchen, so I can write out the week's meal plans.

Sharon @ Ms Magpie Designs said...

Hi Beth! I love the chalkboard and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE all your pug stuff....we have two pugs named Nacho and Beans and we are a bit pug we live just outside of Nashville which I assume is where you live...small world! Great job on the chalkboard!!

Brooke @ Inside-Out Design said...

I LOVE this gallery wall! Too cute!! That chalkboard you mad is fab. This room is adorable. Nothing beats playrooms and yours is super cute!

Brooke @ Inside-Out Design said...

haha, oops, meant to say "that chalkboard you MADE" :)

Erin of Salvaged Whimsy said...

What a cute playroom for your daughter. I actually stopped by from Domestically Speaking because I saw the pug picture on your wall. I have a black pug named Scarlet...she's staying with my parents right now because she and my 2 year-old don't get along...because he terrorizes her and won't stop no matter how many times I stick him in time out...and being a lazy and stubborn pug, she won't move when he decides to try to ride her! Whew, I'm sure you weren't looking for a drama-filled pug comment :) Have a great day!

The Doodler said...

This is such a sweet little playroom. I love the whole gallery wall and I"m pinning it for future inspiration! Thanks for sharing, I'm a new follower from the tip junkie link party!

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At The Picket Fence said...

What an absolutely adorable gallery wall! The chalkboard looks fantastic and I just love the fun colors going on. Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Inspiration Friday this week!

Brook @BeingBrook said...

So cute! We have a chalkboard in our playroom too and it's a huge hit! Love the little table and chairs.

Jennifer L. Griffin said...

This could not be any cuter! The colors, the table and chairs, adorable! I love the size and shape of the chalkboard. I'm sure there's lots of fun to be had in this room!

The Cantelmo Family said...

wow, love how it turned out!

Vicky said...

Love the room! My favorite is the chalkboard tabletop. Such a useful idea. It's so neat that the table and chairs were yours. I am a new follower from The Gingerbread blog. Vicky from Mess For Less

Attempting Aloha said...

Very cute! Love the fun colors you chose. That table set is darling!


Fifi said...

this room is so sweet!! I ♥ it!

new follower!

Melanie said...

I'd love for you to come link this up at my Tuesday Time Out Party!


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Nan @ Playful Decor said...

Hi Beth, this is awesome!! I love the bright colors and what a great idea for the board! I've love for you to link up to my Tuesday's Nursery hop today. It's for any kids' decor at any age. Hope you can make it! Here is a direct link:

Have a great day!

Tara said...

Love the chalkboard, great color too! Your DIY gave me an idea on making one. I have a chalkboard without frame stashed somewhere. great job!

Jaime Lyn at Crafty Scrappy Happy said...

This is so cute and so and functional all at the same time! I would just LOVE it if you would come over to my party going on right now and link up!!
Jaime from crafty scrappy happy

Jaime Lyn at Crafty Scrappy Happy said...

@Jaime Lyn at Crafty Scrappy Happy

sorry wrong web page! :o) Although I do adore the Liz Marie Blog it isn't mine! Ooppss!

house no. 2 said...

what a great playspace! i recently started working on my children's playroom as well. unfortunately, we haven't quite made it so far as to create the gallery wall yet...but we're working on it! i painted a table and chairs which took a TON of spray paint. pictures can be seen here:

Anonymous said...

What a great room - love the bright colors.

Mama Bug said...

Love the baskets! I need those in our playroom! I am also your newest follower!

Jenny @ Simcoe Street said...

I'm new to your blog and am your newest follower on GFC. Love your home!

Come on over any time, and, if you'd like, follow along as well.


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