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DIY Rainbow Chalkboard Wall

24 January, 2013

Ramona has just learnt the joy of drawing on things other than paper. If things go deathly quiet you will be sure to find her tucked away in our lounge behind the curtain, scrawling all over the back of it. Last week I was at a friend’s place and our two poppets went missing for a good 15 minutes. We found them upstairs, a thick marker pen in each hand, COVERING each other’s faces in scribbles. (I even found some on Ramona’s bottom later on, as if they were looking for the softest, most receptive surface!) And just yesterday I walked past one of the only swanky plastered and painted walls in our whole home and spotted a fresh installation of orange crayon artwork. You have to admit, the graffiti lifestyle is pretty cool.

But, to keep us all happy we have dedicated a whole wall to her gangster ways.

Enter the DIY rainbow chalkboard wall.homemade chalkboard paint wall

I LOVE making my own chalkboard paint, it is SO easy and thrifty and means the whole world is your oyster in terms of colours.

You need:

A Wall
Different coloured acrylic paint
Cheap as chips tile grout
Paint brushes
A rapscallion tot with a piece of chalk in each fist

Add a table spoon of grout to half a cup of paint and mix well. Use masking tape to mask off the bits you don’t want the paint to go. You will need two layers of each colour. The genius of this homemade chalkboard paint is that it is super adhesive and sticks to anything, no sanding or priming needed.DIY homemade coloured chalk paint wall

Voila!

I am so pleased with our little chalk wall, it really keeps Ramona and her pals occupied, and covers up what was an exceptionally manky, pine cladded hallway.
Homemade Chalk Board paint wall

*dramatic sigh* “Walls, faces, curtains, bottoms… there are no limits to my artistic expression, Mum… I’ve just got to let it out… ” 

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12 Comments

  • Reply Molly - Mother's Always Right 24 January, 2013 at 8:50 am

    LOVE it. We live in a rented place at the mo so not sure this would go down too well with the landlords but my toddler has a little table that I could revamp to become a tabletop chalkboard. Love the idea!
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    • Lucy
      Reply Lucy 24 January, 2013 at 9:08 am

      I revamped a table too this week- in fact it is a vlog for Netmums due soonish! Such a fun upcycle!

  • Reply Knitty Mummy 24 January, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    My solution for dealing with graffiti by a toddler:
    1) remove section of wall carefully
    2) persuade Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie to buy said lump of wall as “art”
    3) get toddler to cover rest of house in “art” (for it is now art as Brangelina have some)
    4) sell “art”
    5) Use profits to buy much bigger house with wipe clean walls
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    • Lucy
      Reply Lucy 25 January, 2013 at 11:49 am

      HEHEHE love it, I think it is a winner!

  • Reply lally young 24 January, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    I aaint sure on this one. Iv have visions of toddlers drawing all over london! Maybe they could be the next Banksy? Who knows!!!

    • Lucy
      Reply Lucy 25 January, 2013 at 11:48 am

      Hahaha, an army of toddling street artists!

  • Reply Jenna 24 January, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    Another genious idea. We have a very small entrance hallway. The paint is always getting marked by greasy fingers etc so I have been thinking about chalk painting it for a while…….I wonder how hard it is to do a big space?
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    • Lucy
      Reply Lucy 25 January, 2013 at 11:46 am

      It would be a bit harder, you’d need a ladder etc but the principle would be the same. Chose colours you like though! It doesn;t even have to be a rainbow but just three or four of your favourite colours xx

  • Reply Jen aka The Mad House 25 January, 2013 at 9:45 am

    We have a chalk wall, the boys used to look drawing on it when they were smaller and we leave each other notes on it now
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    • Lucy
      Reply Lucy 25 January, 2013 at 11:45 am

      Awesome :) I am getting busy with the inspiring quotes!

  • Reply Jen 6 April, 2013 at 9:22 am

    This is just fabulous, I love it!!
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    • Lucy
      Reply Lucy 8 April, 2013 at 9:40 am

      Hehe, thanks, the kiddos love it too! (Er, and maybe me and Tim enjoy it a bit too hehehe)

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