I first saw images of chalkboard walls a few years ago and thought they were wonderful for kid and adults alike, as well as easy and cheap to replicate but I was renting at the time so didn’t give the idea much consideration.
It was years later that I saw a tin of Rustoleum Magnetic Chalkboard Paint (€26) in a local DIY shop when an idea popped into my head. My little man is an art machine and I struggle to find ways of displaying it all. By painting the door in the playroom/office I could create an adaptable gallery space as well as a wipe clean blank canvas. Once I painted the door (five coats later including the primer – ouch) I added magnetic tape to the back of large wooden pegs I had picked up in Tiger last year (€2 each) – et voila! – a dedicated art wall for the little man of the house. Needless to say he loves it.
First art on display is two lino prints created at a kiddies print class at the local art college, initiated by Limerick Printmakers and the Lifelong Learning Festival. The theme? Printing money. A theme we can all relate to.