Wall Art for Children

 “The most effective kind of education is that a child should play amongst lovely things.”

Plato

Decorating children's spaces can be a lot of fun.  If your child is old enough you can even involve them in the decision process.  A child's room should be a reflection of their little personality.  What colors do they like? Is there a theme that interests them? One caution though when choosing themes - make sure it is not something that will be outgrown soon unless of course, you want to redecorate in a year or two!  Try to think about what will grow with the child.  Still don't know where to start? Why not start with artwork.  Here are some items found in my shop that may help get in the mood to decorate.  All of them can be customized to match your décor!

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Until next time,

Susan

 

 

 

DIY - Decorating Children's Room - Decoupaging a Dresser

Well I showed you my granddaughter's finished room and now it's time to share with you Anthony's finished room. 

 

I will also show you how to decoupage a dresser top.

First, remember we switched their rooms.  Here was Anthony's old room which is now Adrianna's.

 
This room would now become his room.  Watch as we transform this princess room into a young boy's room.
 
 
The whole family got involved!

 
Remember the train that was in his room?  Well that had to be moved, which was no easy job!
 
 
 
Since Anthony loves maps these days, I decided to cover the top of his chest with a map that I found at Hobby Lobby.  I cut the map to size using a T-square and an x acto knife.  Make sure you cut on a piece of heavy cardboard or self-healing board if you have one and not on your furniture or floor.  Then using a chip brush and watered down Elmer's glue, I attached the map.  Be sure to cover the whole map top and bottom!  Try to get all the bubbles out but don't be too rough or the map will tear.  After the top dried thoroughly (the next day) I went over the whole top with a satin varnish and voila the dresser is done.  He loves it!  What do you think?
 


Here is Anthony's Lego desk.  It's an easy project idea using rolling storage drawers and a slab of wood.
 
 
Finally the finished room and a very happy boy!
 
 
 
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DIY - Decorating Children's Rooms Part One

We're redecorating at my daughter's house.  The upstairs is getting new carpet so we decided to switch the kids' bedrooms.  Adrianna will move into Anthony's room and Anthony into Adrianna's. That will give Anthony more privacy and put Adrianna close to my room.  We're calling it a girl's suite.  I haven't done any real decorating since moving in 3 years ago so I am in my element!  However, this is no small undertaking since Anthony has a train that goes around the top of his walls that has to be moved. 

Here are some pictures of the kids' rooms before we started.

Adrianna's Room Before:

 
 
Adrianna is getting a new bed.  We found her a beautiful off white full size iron bed on Craigslist and her furniture will be getting a face lift.  
 
Anthony's Room Before:
 
 
 
Anthony used to LOVE Thomas the Train.  I painted the mural on his walls 6 years ago.  Now at age 11, he's outgrown Thomas.  See the trains that run around the top of the walls.  My son-in-law built that.  I'm not sure yet if he's putting that in Anthony's new room but I do know it is coming down!  This room will be painted pink and become a princess room!

 
 
Day One:
 
We organized; we cleaned out; we threw out!  Boy, the kid's have a lot of stuff!
 
Adrianna's room will now become Anthony's room.  We decided to keep the green so all we needed to do was touch up the lower walls.  Everyone helped with that.  The blue and clouds have to go though. 
 
 
 
 
 
Day Two:
 
We painted the furniture.  Here is the before...
 
 

I painted on one coat of primer and one coat of off white satin paint (Ralph Lauren Stucco White Paint; actually left over from my faux finishing days.).  I have ordered knobs and pulls so you have to wait to see the finished product!

In the bedroom the trim and doors have been painted white and the upper walls and ceiling have been primed.

That's it for our first two days.  Stay tuned for more updates!

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Until next time,