A gallon or two of chalkboard paint ramps up the creative potential for a kids playroom walls.
‘Oh wow,’ I thought, the moment I spotted this sophisticated childrens’ playroom that designer Barbara Westbrook created for an Atlanta showhouse. What delicious fun for little ones who can literally draw on every wall – with chalk, of course. Over the past few years of the current baby boom, chalkboard items have garnered increasing attention, from an adorable draw-on-it table I fell for, to a blackboard in another clever child’s room. Enterprising moms certainly can do it themselves and chalkboard paints are no longer limited to schoolroom black or green – they now coordinate with the decor.
But back to the fabulous Westbrook playroom. A striped dhurrie rug (washable) accents the walls while the brightly colored chairs are similar to some I saw at Pottery Barn Kids. Confirmed DIYers could get the same look for way less by trolling thrift shops and resale stores for secondhand furniture to paint but that’s a given these days. Perhaps it’s just me but chalkboard and magnetic paint call out to my inner child and make me want to pack my Frog tape and brushes and head out to our daughter’s house for a paint party. Meanwhile, I can dream.