David wrote us recently to ask: I have seen your tips for wall-sized calendars, but what recommendations do you have for creating a large close-to-wall-size art display wall? I hope to create something that is magnetic and which has whiteboard capabilities (chalk or marker)?
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We love this question because it's something we've wanted to do as well, but on a smaller scale. Chalk does seem to be all the rage lately. We'd probably stay away from markers just in case your little one decides to stray from the white board. Yoyashop offers chalkboard paint (in black) that is also magnetic. That way any art work on paper can be put up on the wall as well. A can is $35 and covers 12.5 square feet. We're envisioning something like our Flickr Find: Courtney's Playroom where she dedicated an entire wall to chalkboard paint and it looks great. If you don't want to paint the wall at all, see our earlier post featuring some chalk board items that you can just hang onto the wall for a similar effect. Consider mixing in some bulletin boards or peg boards so items can be pinned up (if the chalk board is not magnetic). Our final thought is to keep a camera handy and photograph the wall frequently as it will be forever-changing. This way you can preserve all of your child's works. Does anyone have any suggestions or advice for David? (image: crashedcar)