Oh, and this is a great idea if you live in an apartment and cannot paint the walls!
Besides it looks so super cute. Here is the post:
Siiigh… on my wedding day, oh those days & bodies of yesteryear.
As the hubster and I are still in the “student” phase of our lives money is tight & cheap apartment living is what we do. I recently had the opportunity to paint the nursery for my newest nephew. It was my gift to him and his momma. I loved the way it turned out, it made me long for the day when I can paint my own walls and employ whatever designs I’d like.
Since actually being able to do this in my own home is somewhere in my (very) distant future, I had to compromise with my apartment living. I had a baby girl due in January of 2009, and there was no way she was going to have drab walls if there was anything I could say about it. So several months before her debut I began searching for a way to spice up her room.
BTW: This is not my image, fun colors though right?!
Here is how you too can non-permanently “paint” the walls of your apartment or home.
Supplies you will need to do what I did:
Then decide where on the walls you want to place your images and measure about how big on the wall you would like them to be. Write down your measurements. I found that thinking about my image in a “frame” so to speak & measuring a square area helped me get the most accurate measurements I was looking for.
Once you know what you want, draw it bigger – to the size you’d like on pieces of poster board – this may take several pieces to get the right size, depending on how large your shape is. It also may require you to divide up the pieces of your “shape” on different parts of the poster board – a leaf here, a petal there, etc. (I hope that made sense).
Then cut your “shapes” out of the poster board. You will want to make sure that any pieces that require a different color are cut out separately (for example with my tulip type flowers I traced the stem and leaves of the flower [which would be green] separate from the bulbs of the flowers [which would be pink]).
Now go to your favorite fabric store and buy the colors you will need (you obviously can do this before hand if you like). I am not a seamstress, so bare with me here… I bought thinner fabric, it felt like my bed sheets, and I am pretty sure it was 100% cotton (this was nearly 2 years ago, sorry for my lack of details).
I am pleased with my final results but I think you could go with even thicker fabric if you’d like maybe even a light flannel for a softer/thicker effect on the walls. Note: DO NOT wash your fabric.
Then cut out your shapes using very sharp scissors – mine weren’t sharp enough so I went to the store and bought a new pair. My old pair was tearing the fabric rather than cutting it – yucky. I found tracing and cutting the most time consuming part of the process.
If you are layering on your shape, like I did on my red flower with the pink center, now is the time to add your different layers. Place them on top of your starched shape and then starch over the top of the new fabric, again smoothing out any air bubbles as you go. If we have a boy one of these days I’d like to try my hand at making a blue rocket ship, with a red tip and wings and a bunch of cute little grey windows rimmed with green – daring I know. They don’t call me Darrington for nuthin’.
Keep an eye on your shapes, they may bleed a little from the starch and you will want to use a paper towel to soak up any color that may be running.
When I did my daughter’s name on the wall, I was glad I had my mom and my sister’s help. My sister gave me an extra set of hands to help me put it on and straighten it out, and my mom was our extra set of eyes who could stand back and tell us if we had it on the wall straight.
To remove your “paint”, just get it wet. If you have a wall paper steamer I bet this would work wonders. However, do know that for a month we had a humidifier constantly running in my daughter’s room and the shapes never bled or peeled off the wall (yay for that).
Know that you could also essentially “wall paper” a room this way. If your son loves Toy Story, find some Toy Story fabric and put it up on one wall, you’d probably want to use a roller brush for the starch. But then a year later when he prefers Lightening McQueen, just use a wet sponge, peel it off the wall, and put up your Cars fabric instead. Wash the Toy Story fabric and make some pillowcases… or whatever it is you crafty seamstress women can think up! Boom Bam Baby.
Please do continue thinking about what a sexy pregnant woman I was, I know you simply can’t resist.
Isn’t that awesome!,
I love the way she designed it all especially the font she used for her daughter’s name!