Chalk Board Murals Made Easy (Plus GIVEAWAY!)

imagesRecently our family relocated from a small one bedroom apartment in East Vancouver to a spacious three bedroom townhouse in Ladner. As soon as we moved in the renovating and remodeling began and my son’s room was the one room I had a clear idea of how it should look. I envisioned a transportation theme with one wall sporting a chalkboard silhouette of a town. I took the idea of a chalkboard mural from my mom, Linda Buckinham, the author of Projection Stenciling and Projection Art for Kids.

Regardless of talent (or lack thereof) anyone can create wonderful works of art by following the simple step-by-step instructions in the books.  In less than half a day my mom and I had my son’s wall completed.  Despite the work that still needs to be done I love showing people through our new house. I get so excited when we reach my son’s room, everyone loves the mural (below) and can’t believe it when I tell them how fast and easy it was to do.  I’m not sure who loves drawing on it more – the kids or the adults!

IMG_37861-300x199I used Benjamin Moore Aura paint. (You can also use regular chalk board paint.) I went with Aura because it is low odor, environmentally friendly and can be tinted in any desired color. It’s an expensive paint so I bought a cheaper paint tinted in the same color to paint the first two coats and then used the Aura as a topcoat. I only bought a liter and was left with enough for another project.  The color I used is called Stone Brown (2112-30).

For anyone who wants to be artistic but needs a little guidance, my mom’s books are great.  The techniques are easy to follow and minimal tools are needed.  My silhouette project is from the Projection Stenciling book.  However, if you are looking for some different ideas and inspiration for your children’s room the Projection Art for Kids has lots to offer.

Projection Stenciling and Projection Art for Kids are both available through or…

You could WIN your very own copy of Projection Stenciling signed by the author!

To Enter: All you have to do is leave us a comment HERE (one per day only, please) telling us what your child’s room theme is or what you would love it to be. Once you’ve entered by leaving this mandatory comment, you can gain additional entries like this:

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This giveaway ends at 12:01am PST on Friday, February 11th, and the winner will be selected using  The winner will have 7 days to respond to our notification email before another winner is selected.  This giveaway is open to both US and Canadian residents.

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