There has always been a half-finished wall on the way down the steps to our basement. As with the emperor who got a new coat, once I finished the basement playroom, I suddenly noticed this new eye soar (which had always been there) so of course, I came up with a simple way to beautify this space all for about $28 dollars. It helped that I already had the chalk paint and many of the supplies. All I needed to buy was the insulation, white board, and gutter from Home Depot and few items from the dollar store.
Chalk Board White Board
- 4 x 8 1/2 inch thick insulation panel
- Box cutter
- Hammer and/or wrench
- 4 x 8 1/4 inch thick white board panel
- Stud finder
- Painters tape
- Chalk paint, I used slate grey
- Colored duct tape (pink)
- Contact paper (grey and white chevron)
- Dollar Tree alphabet letter strips
- White plastic gutter
- Chalk, eraser, and white board markers
- I tore out the old puffy insulation and used a wrench to tear out any nails in cement wall behind it.
- I measured the length of the wall, which was about 82 inches and used a box cutter to cut the 4 x 8 foot insulation panel to size.
- Next, I brought it inside and gently pushed it into place.
- Before I left Home Depot, I had them cut the 4 x 8 white board panel the same length, 82 inches, and I saved the remaining piece to use for my DIY wall decor (below).
- I decided to use chalk paint on the bottom half for my toddlers and keep the top half plain white marker board for my preschooler so I marked the white board at 2 feet (halfway) from bottom and placed painters tape along the mark before painting the bottom half with chalk paint.
- I removed the painters tape and used bright pink duct tape to divide the grey chalk board from the white board.
- I added a 1 1/4 inch chevron contact paper strip on top of the duct tape to make it look like arrows pointing you to the playroom.
- I used a stud finder to mark studs above the cement opening and screwed the top side of panel into place
- I taped the Dollar Tree alphabet letter strips to the wall, hanging over the white board just enough to cover the nails.
- I found a $4 white plastic gutter at Home Depot that I had cut in the store about 81 inches long to take into account the floor boards. I set it in front of the chalk board and filled it with colorful chalk, chalkboard erasers, and white board markers, all from the Dollar Tree
Play-ful Wall Decor
- Scraps from white board (above)
- Contact paper(same as above)
- Foam letters
- Spray paint (pink)
- Hot glue gun
- Command, damage free hanging strips
- Dollar Tree sticker wall decals
- I used the scraps from the 1/4 inch thick white board to cute a 4 foot by 9 1/2 inch piece
- I covered this piece with the white and grey chevron contact paper
- I found left over foam letters L A and Y in my garage, about to get thrown out along with the outside piece to the letter P.
- I spray painted them all pink and hot glued them to the chevron board.
- I used command hanging strips to hang my PLAY wall decor sign above the chalk board.
- I added matching triangle banner sticker wall decals just above the PLAY sign for the perfect final touch.