Ever since I redid my studio with the new Gallery wall collection exclusive to Michaels I have been wanting to make a start in my boys room as well. This weekend I played around in my youngest son’s bedroom creating a couple of pieces using the Gallery Wall collection to sit on his chest drawers. At the moment he is all about Dinosaurs so I took that theme and ran with it!
Let’s start with a BEFORE photo. A bit of a mish mash of things that have been sitting there on his drawers for several years collection dust.
And the AFTER photo. Simple pieces that don’t overwhelm his small room but that are coordinated with the colors and textures of his room.
The hero of my makeover is my personalised faux wood wall hanging. I used one of the new 12 x 12 chipboard palettes as my starting point then grabbed the Rust paint kit, Large foam stamps, my Minc and the new Gun Metal foil and got to work.
Below I step out how I created my wall hanging.
Wall Hanging Step x Step
- Grab the 12 inch Faux palette and Rust paint kit.
- Paint the whole palette with the darker shade of paint using the sponge brush that is included in the kit. Allow to dry.
- Randomly spread the lighter colored paint with the stiff brush , creating cross hatching patterns and marks. Keep adding the paint till the desired rust effect is achieved.
- Take a wet wipe and wipe away some of the paint to further add to the rust effect.
- Take the gold ink pad from the kit and add highlights around the edges and in the grooves.
- Take your foam stamps and a lighter colored paint ( in this instance I used the grey paint from the Whitewash paint kit) and stamp on your child’s name or desired word.
- Find and print out on a laser printer an image of your choice. Cover with your favorite foil color and run it through the Minc.
- Fussy Cut around the foiled image.
- Adhere your image to the dried board with Marquee Love glue or modge podge. Coat the whole board with the glue as well for added protection.
- Cut the gold chain to length, add the clips to the top of the palette to complete.
I kept with the faux metal theme by painting his 12 inch Marquee Letter Initials with the Zinc paint kit.
I wanted to add bit of fun to my letters so I switched out some of the clear bulbs with some colored bulbs from my stash.
I love the effect the Zinc paint kit gives to the letters, if you didn’t know the letters were chipboard you would think they really were metal.
Finally I created a fun printable ( that you can download below) that I printed with my Laser printer then foiled it with more of the Gun Metal foil. I backed it with some of the rust paper roll before popping it onto one of the white chipboard clipboards.
My son had a bit of giggle when he read the words, he thought it was super cute!
You can download the Printable dinosaurs not sheep here!
When I showed him his room today, his eyes lit up with joy. It was such a treat to know that he loved it. Now my wheels are turning for my older son’s bedroom, Oh the possibilities!