Chalkboard, Art Gallery, & Organization Wall
Whew! That’s a long title! I don’t quite know what to else to call it. I have a space that the blueprints rather generously called a “Mudroom” on the tight hallway coming from my garage. I say generous because what it really is is a small built-in bench with a finger pinching lid that lifts up with some storage inside and a tiny coat closet on the other side, plus another door leading to my laundry room. But it’s a narrow hallway. And it had this weird wall that just did nothing. So I decided since this is a hallway that really only family use I would make it a kind of command station with a chalkboard wall.
In my short time doing DIY, I’ve come to three conclusions…
1. Everything looks better with trim.
2. The world is a better place with chalkboard paint in it.
3. You can spray paint just about anything.
This project incorporates 1 and 2. My other project I’m going to post tomorrow uses #3.
This wall seemed to be the perfect size for a chalkboard, so I started by painting it with the chalkboard paint. I was pretty happy with how it turned out, but after using it for a while I realized that it looked like it needed a frame around it (see #1 above) and being the shorty that I am, a wall of chalkboard that is 9 feet tall was pretty much wasted space on top. I couldn’t reach the top 1/3 to write on it.
I started using thumbtacks and tacking up some of my daughters art that she did at school, but I hated the idea of making all those holes in the wall. And I really needed somewhere to keep all her papers from school that was easily accessible and kept them off my kitchen counter.
And so the chalkboard wall became the Chalkboard, Art Gallery, & Organization Wall.
I started by framing out the wall with simple trim. I just used some plain MDF planks, the same kind I used when I did board and batten in my Friend’s Entrance. I used my miter saw to cut the corners at a 90 degree angle and was pretty proud of myself. They ended up pretty tight and looked good even before I caulked them.
Next I cut two more boards to go across horizontally to fit inside the frame. These I attached clips to for my gallery and organization clips. The tutorial for how to make these clips is here.
I glued the clips to the boards using Gorilla Glue and then I nailed them up on the wall.
It was a little harder to attach the clips on the top frame because I had already nailed it to the wall. In retrospect, I should have put the clips on before putting up the frame, but I didn’t know where I was going with the clips yet. I had to use painters tape to try to hold them in place and there was a lot of frustration and sliding around until I got the tape on just right. But once I got it set, they attached and seem to be straight.
I used the top two rows for things that don’t change very often. They require me to use a chair, ladder, or tall husband to change out. So I used them to put some of Sydney’s cute schoolwork and art she’s done. The bottom row is in easy reaching distance, and so those I use to keep track of all of my daughter’s school papers and homework. The great thing about the chalkboard paint is I can change the labels and art out as often as I want. And I’ve been impressed by how strong these clips are. They held a large stack of papers without any problems!
I even toyed with putting another row of clips really low, so that Sydney could hang up whatever she wanted, because who wants to sit on the floor to write on the chalkboard that low? But in the end I decided against it because it would be at dog height, and despite being 10 years old, he still eats random things. Like just last night he ate her plastic cones that she uses to practice soccer, apparently plastic is some kind of doggy food group I didn’t know about.
That’s it for this time. As always, thanks for taking the time to visit. Check back tomorrow. I’m going to post about spray painting my kitchen canisters. They turned out great!
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