Monday, February 9, 2009

A Room for Champions

Most of you probably don't know that I like to pretend I'm an artist and do a little painting now and again. But some do and have been asking when I was going to get around to posting pictures of my newest project. Especially since I have had a side bar list of "Things I Love" on my blog for the past year and a half with the statement "-painting murals, newest one coming soon". Not too "soon", but better late than never. This hasn't been my only project, but it is the most recent. With limited space and a new baby boy due in a short while, we have been switching around sleeping arrangements. Our playroom now has more purpose (as it is Cade and Ty's bedroom as well) and it also got this football stadium face-lift to make the transition all the more fun. The room already had different blocked out areas, so this back block became the beds/desk space. The desk cabinet is made of 2 throw-out filing cabinets that I spraypainted and the desk top is a solid core door turned on it's side. Bart secured it all together and bracketed it to the wall, I threw in a couple IKEA chairs and lamps - and Wha...la!


A view of each of their "sides" - I'm sure I'll walk in some day to see a chalk line down the middle of the room where each other is not allowed to cross!

Close-up of the crowd (yes, it took a while. Especially since I only get a chance to work on it an hour or two at time.) The black areas of the scoreboard are chalkboard paint, so the boys can easily change it when they like.

There's still an area for the "upstairs toys", a long hall way perfect for practicting jump shots and field goals, and their new make-shift closet area thats awaiting some finishing touches.

Well, the crowd painted on the wall may be cheering, but what do you think? Really, it was a lot of fun to do and the boys think it's great - so, I guess that makes it a score for the home team!


Here's a few quick shots (might I add, very unprofessional shots - I'm more of a painter than a photographer, that's for sure) of the "locker room"(bathroom) that I did a long time ago.




As you can see, it's still not finished. Poor Cole, his locker is going to be soccer gear. I guess it's a good thing after all since I have to figure out how I'm going to add a 5th locker now anyways!


I promise these are the only rooms in my house done in sports! But when you have a house full of boys, it just works.

16 comments:

Leah said...

SO, cool Mandy! Did you paint when we were young? I don't remember you showing this talent way back when! I am SO glad you posted pics of your work....I have been waiting!

Jyl... said...

That is the coolest mural I've ever seen. I'm sad to leave my ABC mural at my other house. Now we just need to brain storm something new for this house! Love you and ps it's not far you got all the talent :)

Sotutus said...

Mandy, you really couldn't be more amazing!! Too bad you live so far away or I would hire you to help me!!

Coordination Queen said...

Wow. That is absolutely stunning! Love it!

Carrie said...

WOW! I am so impressed. That looks great!

Lu and Bran Muffin said...

wow!! that's your best one for sure! how many hours did that take?!

I wish we lived in the same city!! ah it'd be so fun!
love u!

Dan said...

Wow. I don't know HOW you find the time! Amazing!

Rebecca

Ashleigh said...

Holy Cute!!! You are a genius. I am so impressed but not surprised. Your talents are limitless and abundant! The only problem is how you're going to find time to fly to Cali right after you have your baby to come paint Justin's room when we re-do it with a big boy bed. I'll start making arrangements. He He!

Amy Fox said...

Your boys are so lucky to have you for a mother. They will remember these murals for the rest of their lives. You have such talent!

Marnie said...

You are so creative. It all looks great!

Julie Heugly said...

I love the mural and the cool desk. That is a good idea. You are so talented. Looks great. Your boys are lucky!

Michelle said...

I would love to be a little boy in your house! How fun!! You are very talented!

Jodi Simon said...

holy cow Mandy that is amazing. Wonderful!!! I love it!!! what a fantastic talent. I can't wait to see it in person.

brooke romney said...

OK can you say crazy crazy crazy talented. People should not be allowed to be so good at so many things. I'm going to have to get you down here one day just to spice up our rooms with paint. Does Bart know how much money you must save him?

Celeste said...

Wow...coolest room ever! Be prepared to make a trip to do my boys' room in a few years!

Chelly said...

*jaw drops to FLOOR* I'm sorry~ did you say "PRETEND to be an artist"???? Oh my gosh Mandy that is amazing! You're hired! LOL I wonder if you realize how that is going to stay in your boy's hearts and minds forever~ what a special way to show how much you love them (and how talented their mom is!) Those are some very blessed boys :o) Thanks so much for sharing those pics~ can't wait to see it in person some time! You so totally rock~ but then, we already knew that ;o)