I Let My Kids Paint on the Wall!

Really! I did!

A friend of mine did this once and I have always wanted to give it a try!

Here is what you need if you are brave enough to give this project a try:

  • 1 wall in a small guest bathroom
  • frames from the Dollar Store (It doesn’t matter that they don’t match. They are headed for a makeover!)
  • 1 quart of paint you love
  • 1 can of complementary spray paint
  • sand paper
  • acrylic paint and brushes for the kids’ art

First, I laid the frames out on the floor in a grouping I liked.

I used the frames to mark the wall where they were headed and I painted around the markings to cover the wall with a fresh coat of the quart of pale blue paint.

While I was doing that, My Madison gave the frames a quick once over with some paint from the quart.

Those were left to dry and I let each child paint WHATEVER THEY WANTED in one of the spaces a frame would soon outline. They LOVED this part! There were a few drips and do overs, but no major mishaps.

Some kids carefully sketched their art first with a pencil.

And some preferred to use only paint.

When the frames were dry (after about an hour) I spray painted them with a nice cream color, and let that dry before sanding them lightly to let the wall color paint show through and to give it a distressed, antique-ish look.

When you have lots of kids, almost all of your furnishings will have a distressed, antique-ish look. Come to think of it, so will your carpet, your car, and probably even your clothes.

No worries, though, because you will have the most admired guest bathroom in town! My kids are so proud of their work and so am I!
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  1. What a neat idea. It turned out beautiful. I’ve been tossing some ideas around in my mind on how to do the playroom wall and something like this may be what we do one of the walls.

  2. LOVE this idea! I about to do a “mommy” version of this for my inspiration wall and memory curtains! Might have to give Miss Add a space too.

  3. Wow your kiddos have talent! :)

  4. What a great idea – thanks for sharing it! You have some very talented children there!

  5. What a wonderful idea! I had to giggle about everything in the house having the distressed look. Isn’t that the truth!
    Blessings,
    Dawn

  6. Absolutely crazy, I love it! What a fun idea!!
    6jellybeans@blogspot.com

  7. What an awesome idea. My boys would totally dig this!

  8. I love this idea! I can’t wait until my little one is old enough for things like this. We already have a few scribbled on pieces of paper on the fridge :)

  9. “When you have lots of kids, almost all of your furnishings will have a distressed, antique-ish look. Come to think of it, so will your carpet, your car, and probably even your clothes.”

    LOL about this one!! With 10 children, I can certainly attest to this fact!!

  10. Cute idea!

  11. this is such a cute idea! i’ve seen (meg from whatever) this done on a non-framed scale and it always turns out so cute! visiting from wfmw.

  12. I like your idea but I know that I could never paint over it. When it came time to redecorate, I’d have to take out a jig saw and pull out the drywall and put in a patch.

  13. Oh my! what a fun idea for a rainy saturday! my youngest just asked if he could an artist when he grows up – this would be a great nudge!
    Blessings!
    LIB
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  14. Distressed, antique-ish look – it probably summarizes me too. :) As usual, great idea, Connie!!

  15. What a marvelous idea! I’m teaching my grandkids how to paint, scrapbook, etc. and they amaze me with their imagination and creativity. Thanks for sharing this idea so this Nana can have another project!

  16. Wow! What a wonderful idea!! Thanks so much for sharing. It looks great!!!

  17. This is a brilliant idea! Not sure that my munchkins are quite old enough for it yet, but later on we may give it a try. Thanks for sharing!!

  18. What a great project! As the mama of 5 I do get and save alot of artwork, but I love that they did this on the wall. So creative and Im sure they loved it too. Great job!

  19. What a fun idea! I love it…though I don’t know if I’m brave enough to let my boys loose on the wall with paintbrushes:)

  20. You have some great artist in your house! I did an art gallery wall too in my daughters room.

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