When I first heard about IdeaPaint, I thought what a brilliant concept! Created by a couple of colleagues feeling constrained brainstorming on a small dry-erase board, IdeaPaint provides anywhere-dry-erase coverage and won multiple awards at NeoCon in 2008. A single can of IdeaPaint covers 50sq ft. This is definitely too good a concept to be limited to the workplace. We decided to give our 5 year old daughter a permanent canvas in her playroom. Ulterior motive? – saving space and paper! We created three trees on the playroom wall so mates could have drawing space too. We've encouraged her to save the higher branches for her teenage years.
Some tips for this weekend project? First be patient. IdeaPaint is so new to the market, most retailers still don't carry it. We ordered ours online. It's a bit pricey, but will last until you paint over it – and we figured we'd save on the cost of newsprint pads and rolls. The shipment comes with one foam roller but I'd recommend picking up a few foam brushes for any small areas you need to cut in. We taped our tree outlines with masking tape and cut out leaves from decorative paper (a great piece of the project for the kids to help with). IdeaPaint is environmentally friendly and does not off-gas once day, but the application needs to be well ventilated. It goes on a bit like Elmers glue and dries fast; so if you are new at painting you may consider using a contractor.
Below are some more wall application ideas from the IdeaPaint website sure to spark ideas of your own!