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In addition to celebrating their creativity, I happen to think, from a purely aesthetic standpoint that kids’ art make for the best decor. I am sort of obsessed with finding new ways of integrating their art into our home—creating a permanent (if rotating) collection of their creations. Here are some of my solutions:

I do not have sourcing for the big magnetic wall (shown above) but the idea was simple. We bought sheet metal (make sure it’s magnetic – stainless steel is not) and had it powder coated. We also had the corners cut with a radius so that there would not be sharp corners in the event that it did not hug the wall. Our contractors screwed the sheets to the wall. I must confess, this was a more expensive project than I had hoped it would be, but I love the end result.

You can buy homasote at Home Depot or Lowe’s in 4′ by 8′ sheets. We wrapped the homasote in linen and the standards framed the boards and helped secure them to the wall. There’s a great post on Apartment Therapy that explains the process if you just want the fabric wrapped homosote boards without the shelves.

The grid in my boys’ room was made of magnetic boards from Ikea (we used 6). There are lots of smaller versions on Fridgedoor.

We also did wall mounted shelves (picture shelves) with thin homasote boards underneath. Those were made by cutting the homasote into strips, wrapping in linen to seal in the particles, and then painting to match the walls.

 

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  1. Posted by: Rachael Hooker

    Thanks for the ideas. I am getting such great ideas from momfilter!

  2. Posted by: jsohn

    a clever mom friend painted an entire wall in her kitchen with magic wall magnetic paint. she applied a couple of coats and then painted over with her favorite paint color. works great and totally seamless. thanks for the ideas!

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