I know I said I wasn’t going to do any big projects this year, but I may have snuck in a mini one. I was first inspired by my friend Emily’s art wall off of her kitchen in her beautiful home. She has three kiddos, and a wall full of their sweet creations.
I’ve also been pretty inspired by these Pinterest images.
So 2017 became the year of the art wall here at the Wolf Den. I decided against a chalkboard (I can’t stand the texture and feeling of chalk) and against anything magnetic (I didn’t want to worry about C swallowing anything magnetic). Cork seemed like the perfect solution. I’ll keep the thumbtacks up high and no art (or art attached with tape) down low for now.
Once I decided on materials, I had to find a spot. Our kitchen doesn’t have any big open walls, but we do have this odd area between our kitchen and our den. It was almost like an entryway to the den — complete with totally useless glass double doors. Anyway, I really wanted a big wall to put all of B’s (and one day C’s) masterpieces, and this seemed to be one of my only options. I also liked that it led in to a relatively casual area. As much as I love my kiddo’s art, I didn’t want it visible from the dining room or formal living room for obvious reasons.
Here is the before (full side).
Here is the before (half side)
Here is the after (full side).
Here is the after (half side).
First things first, I had the doors removed and the door jams covered up so you couldn’t tell doors were missing from the space. Then I got my super duper handy man (see my closet post and future kitchen banquette/extra refrigerator and freezer drawers post for his handy work) to frame out some custom cork boards for each wall.
I originally wanted to do two full size cork boards — one on either side. I will forever love symmetry. But, after realizing it would be an odd shape to work around the light switches, I opted for a half board on that side. I figure that I can always put a chalk board or magnetized board when the girls get a little older down below.
If you are looking hard at some of the photos above, you may also be wondering why I invested in cork boards and not in a paint job. I guess I am just being a realist — I am just as sure that my children will mark up the walls as I am sure that they will bring home art. So, it was an obvious decision for now.
This wall makes me so happy. Even before we had children, I had always dreamed of seeing my little ones’ first masterpieces. I can’t wait to rotate the art and add some of sweet C’s one day.
Right now I am using the half size board for B’s class photos and birthday party invitations (so I don’t want to post a photo of that for her classmates’ anonymity sake). I am keeping the junky stuff (calendar, bills, other random stuff) in our mudroom on a different cork board to keep the clutter away from this space.
What do you think? I just love how versatile it will be as the seasons change and our kiddos grow. The full size board will be the perfect display area for all of our Christmas cards in December.
Stay tuned for my pantry overhaul. I am emptying out the entire thing Saturday and filling it with lots of Container Store goodness.