Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Simple Wall Murals

As a nurse, I have enjoyed a 3-day fulltime workweek for the last 6+ years.  Although the days were long, it gave me lots of free time during the week to get things done.  Now that I am working 5 days a week (Monday-Friday), I am missing that “alone time” in the day.  You know that bit of time when no one else is home and you can create and craft without looking at the clock or answering the 100th: “Mom?”.  Does anyone else out there know what I’m talking about?  (I know you do…I’ve seen your blog posts too!)

Needless to say, I haven’t been very crafty lately. Getting used to my new work schedule and my son’s school and sports commitments have definitely taken a toll on my crafting time.  I'm getting there though and will post soon on a few things I’ve got in the works.

In the meantime, I thought I would show you some “old” projects of mine that I never posted until now……my wall murals. I have some simple murals in my home.  I painted them both shortly after moving in last year and I still love them.

The first is a “Family Tree” mural in my hallway:My Family Tree MuralI drew the tree on the wall in pencil (freehand) and then filled it in with brown paint.  All of the photos are framed in matching (or close to it) black frames.  And, there is plenty of room to add more!  I have seen similar ideas online and many variations…I just like the simplicity of mine.

The second mural is my FAVORITE…..my laundry room mural!  It took me awhile to figure out exactly how to get the idea out of my head and onto the wall.  I played with drawings and searched for laundry photos online.  I finally decided to just draw it and go for it! 

This is the before pic (it was a yellow-beige color):
LaundryRoom BeforeAfter pic:061311 laundry roomThe walls are Behr’s Silver Screen.  The burlap baskets and the laundry sign are from Hobby Lobby.

This is the corner where the shelving units belong:061311 laundry room (2)Laundry hanging out to dry:061311 laundry room (3)The view from the doorway (with the shelves back in place):061311 laundry room (5)Again,  I drew the whole thing in pencil and then filled it in with paint.  This time I used a black gloss paint…I love how it pops on the pale grey walls.  My brother called it my “sock drying tree” painting.

Since I was on a silhouette kick and I had the paint out, I also added these three jets to my son’s “soldier” room:DSCN5828It’s just paint…if you don’t like them you can paint over them, right?  Easy and fun!

Grab your brushes!

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