Jack’s Big Boy Room – Ka-chow! (part 1)
I’ve been working on Jack’s room for two months now. And Jack has been quite funny about it.
First, I painted his room, from yellow to blue.
Did Jack love it? No. He wanted the room painted red. Two months later, he still tells me that he wants the walls to be red. Sigh.
The baseboards, trim, and doors all still need to be repainted. But I’m terrible at detail work, so it’s not getting done any time soon. Need his dad to step up with a paintbrush.
Next, the decor … this is what’s been taking me so long to do, as I’ve been a bit of a perfectionist about it.
His hamper was Winnie the Pooh, to match the nursery decor.
I spray-painted it red, and replaced the fabric top. I also replaced the cardboard on the underside of the lid, and spray-painted that a neat metallic taupe.
Did Jack love it? No, he said he wanted the Winnie the Pooh back. Really? Crazy boy! (He loves it now, thankfully)
The light switch plate is one of my favorite parts of his new room. I’m VERY pleased with the final result.
This project took some trial and error. I found a Cars themed image online to use for this project. I initially tried using a photo print, but I couldn’t get it to wrap around the edges of the wall plate. I used Mod Podge to adhere the image, and luckily it was easy to peel off when the photo failed. Next, I printed it on regular paper, and then used an acrylic sealer on both sides of the paper (2 coats for each side) to seal the colors so that they didn’t run when the Mod Podge was applied. I cut out where the switches needed to go. Then I went to work with the Mod Podge. I used 3 coats of Mod Podge and 2 coats of acrylic sealer. Then I took the screws and spray-painted them with the same metallic taupe I used on the hamper. They blend in very nicely with the Radiator Springs image.
Looks pretty cool, doesn’t it?
Jack hasn’t said a word about it.
Stay tuned, I have more to share. Hope to post part 2 in the next day or two (need 1-2 more photos to wrap that up). Plus I’m still working on wall decorations – you’ll see that in part 3. I just hope that he enjoys Cars for a few more years as I’m not changing his room for many years once I finish this!