My little one loves rainbows and unicorns. There is no greater proof of her love for rainbows than a picture of her fingers. She went through this phase that lasted almost an entire year.
Of course my nail polish is yours and when you get caught, you should totally smile like this and distract me by asking me to take a picture. Works all the time.
She totally owned it when others asked her about her colorful fingers. She was (is) convinced that she had the coolest nails. Something we can learn from children.
So this is how
I painted we painted a rainbow wall in her bedroom. Oopsie .. I have been warned that I should not forget to give her credit. 🙂
It is easy, inexpensive and can be done in about an hour.
Her room has lilac walls. I used broad 3 inch painter’s tape so that the rainbow will also have lilac stripes. This will tie this wall with the rest of the room and I also did not have to wait for each color stripe to dry.Don’t forget to tape the roof and the door frames.
But before we continue, a few useful tips that you should keep in mind.
- Use painters tape / masking tape only. Other tapes will peel the paint when it is being removed.
- Use a level to make sure the lines are parallel to the ground.
- To make this process faster, I used a broad quilter’s ruler. Each color in the rainbow is exactly as broad as the ruler. Don’t have one? Cut a cardboard template. Quilter’s ruler looks like this.
- Painting does not have to be messy. To make clean up easier and to protect floor from getting stained, cover the floor with newspapers / cardboard / plastic sheet or canvas sheets that are used by professional painters.
- Now the wall is ready to be painted. It is a good idea to start from the top or else paint will drip on the lower layers. If you have a little one who wants to paint the wall, allow her to do the base coat and then you can do over. This is their chance to have fun painting their bedroom.
The painter’s tape is removed when the paint is semi wet. If we wait till the paint is completely dry, it will peel along with the tape along the edges.
I peeled a bit to show the crisp edges.
One side of the wall is done
The next side of the wall is taped and ready. Don’t forget to cover the switch boards. When one person is painting, another person can tape the other side.
Rainbow wall is ready.
Missy seems pleased
And she hearts it. 🙂
This is how her bedroom got ready
I want to use all the grownup tools. Don’t try to trick me.
My plastic tools don’t work.
What? Who? Sleepy? Me? Bedtime? Never.
I am not sleepy at all.
Even if I am, I can do this in my sleep.
But I am awake. I am just closing my eyes.
IKEA sells this princess canopy. I added the pink scalloped edge. It was done with crochet hook.
This scalloped edge was added so that she will know where the edge is (opening to get out).
Now canopy is ready.
We bought this bed from IKEA (Kura bed). I chose this bed because there is space to play under the bed too. A couple of panels and some velcro, we have a quiet reading corner / indoor camp site for star gazing (Ikea has lights that can be hung from the wooden bed slats).
We hung paper lanterns under the bed like this. Tutorial here
Trofast shelves are God sent. They are perfect for toys, craft supplies, puzzles, books, lego blocks, playdoh and play kitchen props.
Each category gets a bin and I labelled them and she puts away her things by herself. Took a few reminders initially and once she knew how to read, it was a breeze.
Stuffed toys go in laundry baskets.
Circus circus @Las Vegas, I blame ya for this. 🙂
We had to make a new rule – If we bring in one new toy, one has to be given away.
Baby quilt from her crib on the floor as play mat.
Take one bin down, play with the things and clean up after the activity and slide the bin back in. Made life so much easier for me and we ended up doing more activities as we could find things easily.
That is her kitchen and yes that is real oven mitt (mine) on that stove. A lot of my kitchen items seem to walk to her room when I am not noticing 🙂 . My little one loves cooking and has decided that she will be the best chef in the whole wide world when she grows up. 🙂
The shopping cart is parked under the table and the blue refrigerator is under the stove.
Shopping cart came with a lot of grocery packets. Ideal for learning names of food items. The refrigerator is very cool. It has a lot of inbuilt food shaped molds for play doh.
These two can keep kids busy for a long time.. Phew….
Give her a long menu and she has to buy groceries, scan each item at the billing counter, push the cart back home to her kitchen, cook and serve us and then store the left overs the refrigerator. Not bad huh.
Mommy, if you have an active little one, that was hint hint for ya 🙂 . Both can be purchased from Walmart.
Now some wall art – my little one loves art and craft. So she was very excited when she could meet an artist @Times square New York and get her portrait done. He did an amazing job. She used a level to tape it to the wall.
This tutorial was ready long back. But I procrastinated and got time to publish it just now.
This is an easy and inexpensive kids bedroom makeover. If you are a DIY person, you can totally pull it off. All you need is some paper, yarn, few ounces of paint, string of lights and a canopy from IKEA.
Mummy, we don’t do the baby quilt on floor routine anymore. That is for babies.
We now have the very grown up Olaf mat.
Ya right. Totally grown up.
It was a pleasure making these tutorials. Please share them with your friends. I would love to hear your comments too. So type away in the comment section below. 🙂