Thursday, April 14, 2011

Silhoutte Jungle Mural

A friend of mine is adopting a baby from Ethiopia and asked me to paint the nursery.  She wanted to represent the animals from the baby's homeland without being too realistic (possibly frightening) or babyish. 

 The sophisticated silhouettes of the animals are perfect.  Don't you just love the bedding?  She had it custom made and it gives a taste of the African culture. 

I freehanded the border and it's the lyrics to "It's a Small World," perfect for the little guy who is traveling across the globe to his new, loving home.  "There is just one moon and one golden sun,"

 "And a smile means friendship to everyone,"

 "Though the mountains divide, And the..."

"...oceans are wide, It's a small world after all."

I painted and blogged about another nursery very similar to this, just wanted to show you the look again!

Welcome to America, Henry!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Painted Children's Rocker

A lot of people love the look of painted furniture and may want to try a quick project of their own.  I picked up this children's rocker at our church rummage sale.

The slatted seats are not my favorite painting surface because it's hard to paint a complete image on it.  But it is great for striping colors and being whimsical. 

 I sanded the piece first.

Then,  I spray primed the entire rocker. 

 Next, I base coated the rocker white and then chose my color palette.  I decided to paint this rocker in girly colors.  Lots of pinks and oranges!

 The stripes and accent colors usually take a couple coats and look great against the white background. 

Adding flowers and painted designs finishes off the look. 

And remember to always protect your painted furniture with a clear sealer to make your painting more durable. 

This piece is sold, so some little girl is enjoying it right now!  Thanks for visiting!