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hey there! I'm monica 

I pride myself on making amazing style and design accessible for everyone, regardless of location, budget, or ability! My design philosophy is rooted in authenticity + attainability - If I can do it, you can too! My work has been featured in countless publications, but I take the most pride in homeowners that have been personally inspired by my DIY ideas and have tried something in their own homes!

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Thanks for all your feedback on Kira’s Colorful Room Makeover this week!  Funny story… Jess and I are doing some filming this coming Monday (can’t spill the beans yet!) and they need to get some footage of Kira’s room… can I just tell you how messy her room is now? There are about 200 tiny Polly Pocket accessories on the floor! If only my house could stay as clean as it is on the blog!
If you missed the makeover reveal check it out here and you can read the full accent wall tutorial here.
Today we’re talking whiteboard walls!! It’s the perfect solution for creative kids that color on walls anyway!

I recently learned of IdeaPaint and I was super excited that they wanted to have me try out some of their new CREATE Idea Paint and accessories!  I am a sucker for packaging and good fonts and they scored major points with me right off the bat!
Most people think of whiteboard paint as just that… White!  Guess, what? IdeaPaint actually comes in clear (also black and white) so that you can put it over any color wall.  That allows for so much more creativity… so guess what I did??  Yup, painted it on white walls!  Ha!  I have another can that I plan to use on a color-filled space when Jess and I get a blogging office (someday!)
I have to show you the way IdeaPaint comes… you get two ingredients that need to be mixed… you add THIS to THAT (did you know I love witty things?!?)  The prep directions were super simple.
So, here’s how it all went down…
We painted the entire room stark white. It’s actually the first time I’ve ever painted a wall white…ever!
We didn’t use a chalk line to mark off our whiteboard area because we didn’t want blue chalk getting into the clear paint.  We made really small pencil marks.  I knew I was adding a frame, so the edges didn’t have to be perfect.
The paint was simple to apply with a roller (included in the paint kit) and you could clearly see the painted and unpainted areas because of the shine.
We bought two 8 foot pieces of plywood for the frame.
I wanted to mirror the rectangular shapes of the mosaic wall, so I sketched out a happy little drawing.  I’d almost kill for just an ounce of artistic ability! (Don’t worry, I won’t really!)
We cut the plywood with a jigsaw (Jess and I sure love our jigsaws!!)  We didn’t take any pictures of that part, because it was really late… Yes, that’s AM!
We waited until the IdeaPaint had dried for about an hour and was dry to the touch before we placed any wood near it.  We needed to measure for a few cuts.
One REALLY important thing to know about IdeaPaint… you need to let the paint cure for 4 days before you write on it at all.  They even include a really cute sign to put on the wall!
The next morning (yes, we do sleep sometimes) I spray painted the plywood.  I really liked how some of the grain showed through.
Want to see something funny?… I don’t have sawhorses… but I do have Power Wheels!
Once the boards were dry, we simply nailed them into the wall with finishing nails (making sure to hit some studs)
We were left with a HUGE area for Kira to color on!  She and her little friends have so much fun playing school, store, and creating “Princess lands” on her wall now!
(And don’t forget the plain surrounding walls are getting something very special- hopefully this weekend!)
I highly recommend IdeaPaint- I know chalkboards are all the rage, but they’re really messy! I didn’t want a constant pile of dust on Kira’s light carpet.  The whiteboard wipes off easily and I feel like the kids can be even more creative with their color choices.  There are so many dry erase colors available.
I was browsing the IdeaPaint website and found these other cool ideas that I just might try in other areas of my house!
I love the simple calendar!
See how cool a colored surface looks with IdeaPaint?  That green is awesome!
Kaden has bunk beds in his room and as soon as he saw this picture he wanted a bunk bed that could write on!  I’ve also seen it used on student desks and table tops for homework etc… There are so many cool ideas you could try (no pun intended!)
I want to give a great big Thank You to IdeaPaint for allowing me to try out their CREATE paint.  Kira and I love the result and I can’t wait to try it in on some other surfaces!
Have you ever thought of adding a whiteboard to your house?  Where would you try one first?  
Check out IdeaPaint’s Website
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** I was provided with IdeaPaint to review.  I was not compensated in any other way for this post.  All opinions are 100% legit and all mine. **


The comments +

  1. patti says:

    Hi Monica! Love this room and the dry erase paint is awesome! One question….what do you do later when you want to redecorate a room and no longer need a dry erase surface in that spot? I’m guessing that it will have to be sanded before you can paint over it? Thanks, keep up the great ideas!

  2. Diane says:

    Looks really cool but WHOA EXPENSIVE! $225 for 50 square feet. 🙁 I don’t know if I can justify that!

  3. kim h. says:

    Very cool. We also have dry erase paint and chalk if she gets bored with markers!

  4. kim h. says:

    Very cool. We also have dry erase paint and chalk if she gets bored with markers!

  5. Mindy says:

    I would have loved this as a teen.

  6. Marlon says:

    Loved this and wanting to do the same for a long time! My concern is I am wondering if the paint from Candy Paint Asia are good enough or can do the same result? Has anyone tried it? TIA for the answer!

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