Saturday, November 13, 2010

Happily Ever After

I FINALLY got around to painting Belle's room this week.  Only 4 months after the rest of the house was painted.  Besides my natural procrastination, there is a good reason for this.  She's ONE.  Before I've mostly painted while she naps.

How do you keep a one-year-old from touching the wall, looking at their hands, saying, "Blech!" while you look on in horror from your perch as you trim above her window?  Turns out I can't get down from a chair with a loaded paint brush both quickly and neatly.  Has to be one or the other.  And then how do you stop said one-year-old from tottering out of her room, bracing herself all the way down the hall with the painted hand?  My hall was like some ancient cave with petroglyphs of partial hand prints.  Tiny partial smeared handprints. 

The answer is you don't.  Or at least I don't.  I just run after her hoping I find all the lavender smudges in the hallway. 

I had been under the impression that the light green walls "weren't too bad".  But they must have been because when I see her pretty lavender walls now I just LOVE them.

Of course, painted walls bring out the fact that her room was barely decorated.  I found this really cute "Happily Ever After" scrapbooking dimensional sticker at the local Wally-world.  So, after seeing so many talented people in blog-land reusing canvases, I pulled out the dollar store canvas I bought months ago in the hopes that one day inspiration would strike.   Here's the before:

My apologies to whomever painted this lovely picnic scene (and to all of you who think I should know who painted this lovely picnic scene) but I painted it pink!  And added clouds with highlights of gold to match my sticker!  And finally the sticker!

Oh, and I added glittery paint to the clouds, because what is a fairy tale ending without sparkles?

And now it hangs on the purple wall above her crib.  I actually think it looks sort of little and lonely there.  I think I'm going to look for a nice, fancy, over sized frame to hang on the wall around it.  But we'll see.

I'm not 100% happy with it.  It's not balanced right or something.  But it's pink and has fluffy, sparkly clouds, so it pretty much oozes happiness, which is what I was going for.  And the sticker ($3) was by far the most expensive part.  Which makes me like it even more. 

I'm going to try to link this up to Mural Maker's linky party, but I've never done that before, so we'll see!

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1 comment:

  1. I could've sworn I left you a comment before, but obviously not . . . I love this! Your clouds are fabulous! Love the lavender too - probably why I painted my OWN bathroom lavender (yes, after 20 year we have separate baths, lol)

    The canvas seems too small above the crib, I agree. But you could do a grouping. Maybe her initials on wood? Or just anything pink/gold/lavender will work.

    I can't imagine trying to paint with little ones. I tried it once with Grandson. Once! The whole year I took care of him I didn't paint, lol.


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