For our “Adventure” themed nursery I have had a vision for a long time (long before I was pregnant) that I wanted a blue room with clouds. It wasn’t until we went to New Orleans and found this store “A Simpler Time” that we both loved; CJ and I both agreed that we would have a nursery with sky and clouds and a if it was a boy vintage planes or if it was a girl hot air balloons. So now that we are having a baby boy, enter the hunt for something similar in Australia!
So for a base we chose blue paint. It is Valspar brand as this was the lowest VOC we could find. We painted the two main walls in two coats of paint. Done!
We then enlisted the help of CJ’s mum to help paint the clouds. And by “help” I mean I told her what I wanted and I supervised while Cheryl got busy. We originally had bought a 500ml white, and 500ml grey paint, but really used 200ml tops of white.
First we measured the space that we wanted to write on to stay blank and then drew the cloud shapes on the wall with white chalk. Then Cheryl sponged on the clouds with a sea sponge, she said the most important part of this was keeping the sponge damp, don’t be heavy handed with the paint put it on a light as possible and layer it on. (The sponge she used was a sea sponge from an art store – the kind they use for folk art in the 90’s – I was sceptical at first but the MIL was right!) This makes it easier for the clouds to look life like. The paint is layered on to create the different shades of the cloud. We bought grey paint to do the shading but didn’t use it as we both agreed that it worked fine without it, the blue underneath showed through enough to be the shading.
Once that was dry we moved onto the ‘Adventure Awaits’ wording. I went to buy an OHT sheet from Officeworks but could only buy them in a 20 pack for $40 – so no. So I started thinking what else I could you, really it just needs to be clear plastic. I borrowed the OHT from school so I didn’t want to damage it, so I didn’t want to use a plastic sleeve, or anything too thin because I thought it may melt onto the screen. I found a document protector, which was like a thick plastic sleeve at $2 for 1 – so perfect.
Once home, I pulled the document protector apart so I was only 1 layer of plastic thick. I had free hand written ‘Adventure Awaits’ from some plain A4 paper. Then using a thin sharpie I traced that onto the plastic. I roughly coloured in the lettering so it would show better on the projector. If you don’t have a projector to borrow check out how I have done this previously without a projector here
At night time I projected the saying onto the wall and traced them onto the wall with white chalk. The white chalk worked well because it was so easy to clean off afterwards. The next day I painted the quote on with the white paint and fine white art paint brush. Once dry I went around the outside with a damp micro fibre cloth to clean any chalk off. Done!