I’ve always been a fan of Pop Art, the bright colours and cartoony feel, it always cheers me up.
My old bedroom at my parents house was looking quite beige, and having stayed there quite a bit with a newborn baby, frankly it was depressing. So when my boy turned one, I decided to do a quick Pop Art inspired make-over – basically painting the walls white and adding pops of colour. The best feature of the room is my toddler’s name on the wall. Here is a photo of the room, featuring my sister and Tyler.
This is how I created the letters:
1) I bought 8 inch Mache Letters from Hobbycraft – basically they are 3D cardboard letters, very light and paintable.
2) For the Pop Art theme, I wanted bright colours, in the order of a rainbow. In this example there are 5 colours, but obviously if your child’s name is shorter or longer, you can add or remove colours.
I bought tester paint pots from Wilkos, choosing bright colours – no pastels or beiges here. I prefer these to the branded Dulux or Crown tester pots which have a big brush attached to the lid – not good! The Wilkos paint pots mean you can use your own paint brush and keep the pots in the cupboard if you have any leftover paint for future use.
3) First I painted the 3D sides of the letters black and left to dry. The black may sound strange for a toddler’s room, but it gives the Pop Art edge to the letters.
4) Then I painted the front of the letters in the bright colours – in the order of red, orange, yellow, green and blue.
5) I chose a wall that had nothing else hanging on it, to give the impression of a large white canvas. This is the wall where my toddler’s cotbed is, so the name is above it. I roughly marked where I wanted the letters to be in pencil, and then hammered 2 nails for each letter. 1 nail is not enough, as the letters will not stay in place. Then I pushed the letters on to the nails. The nails pierced the cardboard easily, and the letters stay in place well.
And that’s it – an easy way to personalise your child’s room. If you’re not into Pop Art, you can adapt to a theme of your preference. I hope you have found this post useful and you’re maybe inspired to have a go.