Have you ever been at a loss as to what to do with a blank wall in your child’s bedroom? My sister-in-law Amanda decided to paint an adorable mural. Not only did it fill a large, empty space but it brought an additional charm to my nieces’ already charming bedroom.
The sweet little munchkin pictured above is my 6 yr old niece. She spontaneously decided she was ready for a bath while I was taking pictures of her room.
Amanda painted the mural after being inspired by a ready-made wall decal. I think she did an amazing job. Even though she says there’s still details to tweak I think it’s adorable!
Over the years my kids have switched rooms numerous times and each switch created the opportunity for new paint. I’ve painted (and painted over) picket fences, faux windows, a border that read “Basketball, Baseball, Soccer Ball, Football, Hockey” each with a coordinating ball or puck and an entire playroom mural complete with a huge tree, rabbits, flowers and ladybugs created out of my kids fingerprints. In various other spaces (or for friends and relatives) I’ve painted several faux brick walls, stone walls, stone pillars and hanging basket of flowers (compliments of Mary Englebreit inspiration), an entire garden complete with trickling stream and airplanes. Separately, of course. The airplanes weren’t in the garden.
What can I say? I like to paint. And a mural like this one would be so much fun.
Along with all sorts of little girl items like stuffed animals, dolls, toys and guitars (courtesy of their Daddy aka my brother the musician) which inhabit this space, each sister has a collection of vintage pillows on her bed. I thought this one particularly special.
Adding handmade flowers to hide a tear, Amanda gave new life to a patchwork pillow pieced years ago by her grandmother. I love that Amanda has placed family pieces in her young girls’ room. I think it’s a lovely way of inspiring a sense of heritage and an appreciate for all things old and sentimental.
The old mixed with the new. Isn’t that a key ingredient to our favorite spaces?
Meet the other niece who shares this creative bedroom. Our Pint Size Family Photographer. She’s 3 and really quite good!
Quilt – TJ Maxx.
Have you ever attempted a painted mural? With a bit of inspiration, a steady hand and possibly an overhead projector you’re good to go!