Just For Fun!

I have been blessed with some really great friends. I have some friends who like to get together with me and we swap out our skills. This is a room that I helped a friend out with. I am a painter & she is an awesome gardener. I agreed to help her by painting the mural on all the walls in her little boy's room & she agreed to help me get control of some of my garden space. We worked two weeks painting this room, & then 2 weeks in my garden. It made the time more fun because there was a friend there & we got so much more done than we would have done on our own. I have a couple of friends that I like to do this with and I am always looking for more. It is especially helpful when a job seems really overwhelming. As you can see this room was an under the sea theme. My friend, Suzy, is a marine biologist stuck in the heart of Texas for the time being so this room was really special to her as well as her little boy.

Suzy drew an outline of all the mural with an overhead projector on the wall in pencil. She then was in charge of the basecoat. (I call it color by number) She would pick out the main color for each item & paint it, then I would come behind her & paint all the shadows, highlights, and details, which is my very favorite part of painting.

Children's rooms are different than most other rooms because we can go over the top with a theme and it not seem to be too much.

Aren't the little flippers and the wet suit cute?

Suzy had sand colored carpet added to the room along with the blinds.
Suzy used sea themed items that she had collected over time to add to the room.
The boat bed was made by some wood shop boys from our local high school. They did a great job, don't you think? The mast is made out of a piece of black PVC pipe & then some white cloth was used for the sail.
We painted sea creatures on every wall.
The bed was made out of plywood. We painted it & added some faux painting on the deck to make it look like oak. Suzy added metal hardware & lights like you might find on
a real boat.
A close up of the flippers and wet suit.

There are sea critters peaking out from every corner of the room.
Suzy even hung a shelf shaped like a boat. How cute is that?

Suzy found a couple of oars to hang on the wall. For the decorative painting I like to paint with Americana best then Folkart or Ceramacoat.

Suzy painted most of the furniture sea cottage white but not all of it so it wouldn't be too matchy matchy.
Suzy painted the ceiling a lighter blue. My favorite brand of paint is Valspar's American Traditions, Olympic, or Behr. They really do  coat better.

The blue of the ocean was painted first before the pencil design was drawn. We blended blue colors light to dark like on a sunset to give the water a feeling of depth. I also added bubbles & the dark spots are just places where I added some shading to give the water a sense of movement.
I hope you enjoyed the tour of Suzy's "Under the sea" room. Maybe it will give you some ideas for a room for a child in your life.
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Stacey said...

That room is amazing! I bet it took a million hours to accomplish all of that detail. Wow. :)

Raspberry Roses said...

thanks for dropping by my blog. glad you liked it. hugs Linda

Sincerely Yours said...

Morning Debbie! What a beautiful and fun/happy room! I love the dolphins especially!!! You did a fantastic job; such a lucky little boy!!! Looking forward to seeing your garden too!?! Have a fun day - Jeannette

MemoryKeeper said...

This is a masterpiece! I love bartering and trade-offs. What a great way to truly economize, and build a strong friendship. The room completely ROCKS, not too much though...LOL! I completely amazed at your skills Captain!

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Cherry's Jubilee said...

OHHH what a fun whimsical space...you are a wonderful artist. Thank-you sooo sooo much for that award. I will place it on my blog. Thank-you for thinking of me! cherry

Vintage Rose Collection said...

Hi Debbie,
Your new room looks fabulous, great job!

delighted heart said...

Cute room! I've got something for you over at my blog!

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

Morning Debra,
What an adorable room! You did a wonderful job decorating that little boys room! Just wanted you to know I've tagged you. Have a lovely day.


Susan S. said...

You and your friends are very talented....any boy (or girl) would be lucky to have that room! Love your pretty purple post too! Happy New Year from Houston!

Tammy said...

Hello Debbie, it is so nice to meet you> i am glad you stopped by my blog and left a comment. I love what you and your friend did in this little fella's room. How wonderful to have such a lovely group of friends to share time and skills with. Sounds like lots of fun!
Please stop in anytime and I will be back, as well.

Cathy Cobblestone said...

That is an absolutely awesome room - I'm sure that lil' guy is gonna enjoy it for years to come. What a wonderful talent you have!!! And gardening friends are always great to have! Many blessings to you. Cathy