Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Painting Maps In The Big Boy's Bedroom

During my interview with Max I learned that high on his list of priorities for his bedroom was to rid the room of its plain walls and bring in a map. I decided to do more than bring in just one. Now that the chalkboard stripe is done, the next project for this room is to paint sections of the globe throughout the room.


I printed several maps depicting areas of the globe and showed them to Max. He selected his favorites and I pulled out the paint brushes.


Using a dark paint Alaska was outlined with a small painters brush.


Then Canada was added.


Followed by Greenland and Iceland. Max's reaction after arriving home from school: "Greenland is icy and Iceland is not." Okay...smarty pants.


After the outlines were complete the land areas were painted a couple shades darker than the wall color.


Next, on to another wall and Australia. I hope to finish this project quickly, otherwise I'll have one disappointed boy!

50 comments :

  1. How creative!! Another amazing idea. You are unbelievably talented. Max is a very smart boy. Like Mom...like son.

    Lori

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  2. Great idea! It's really looking good! I love your ebay chair. I'm anxious to see it in that beautiful fabric! Lisa

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  3. Are you doing that free hand?... very impressive!!

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  4. Are you doing that free hand?... very impressive!!

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  5. Are you doing that free hand?... very impressive!!

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  6. I just love it! I also love that you're filling in with only a couple of shades darker than the wall paint. That looks so nice~! You do GREAT work, my dear! =-D

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  7. I don't know what to say....I mean, SERIOUSLY JANELL?!!!! OMG! Yeah, your good! And Max, he is such a smart guy! Maps were indeed a great addition to his room!

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  8. fab idea. have you thought about using a overhead projector or tracer? this would make your job so much easier and faster...just my $.02

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  9. the map looks amazing!
    I painted a chalkboard wall in my son's room yesterday, I know he is excited to try it out today!
    http://anna-kiwiintexas.blogspot.com/2010/03/another-gray-room-and-chalkboard-wall.html

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  10. This look is so strong - For some reason I have always loved maps and have thought of them as inspirational. Putting them in this room in this context is a really great design approach. I really like it!

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  11. I love it! I have always wanted to use a full wallpaper map for my sons room because we are renting but can't. This is a great idea! You are such a smart pants!

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  12. This is so my kind of project...maps...hand painting on the walls...spectacular, Janell!!! The look is sophisticated as well, really nice. It is amazing watching you work, thanks so much for letting us in to see your creative brain at work!!! This bedroom is going to rock! And I love that its all Max's ideas:)

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  13. This is such a great idea! I love it :-)

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  14. Oh, my gosh, you are doing a brilliant job drawing those freehand! This is a great look. Can't wait to see the rest!

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  15. My goodness girl, you are incredible ! I never imagined painting a map, I am so inspired.

    xoxo
    Kate

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  16. Erika, VERY good idea! Great advice for anyone wanting to do a similar project. But I figured I'd spend more time just tracking down a projector. Besides, my BFA is in painting, if I can't paint a map after years of art school I'm in trouble! I can just imagine my professors "constructive" criticism! Yikes!

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  17. Looks amazing so far! To funny I remember my little brainiac coming home from school at a young age saying the samething to me about Greenland and Iceland! ;)

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  18. Wow, your creativity never stops, I love it!

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  19. Oh. My. Gosh. I've been obsessed with maps lately, so I'm particularly impressed with this!

    Kelly

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  20. You've outdone yourself with this one! Looks amazing.

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  21. It looks amazing. I've been wanting to do maps on the boys room but my idea was to purchase one and frame it... your idea is MUCH better.

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  22. Holy smokes you are talented! I can't believe that is free hand. I think it looks awesome, and I'm glad that Max enjoys it too!

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  23. WOW Janell! what a fun idea, you are so talented! I have 2 boys and I`ve beed thinking about putting maps in their rooms, but I could never do something so "cool" as this! Max is going to have so much fun!

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  24. So creative. His room looks great! Very unique.

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  25. oh. my. goodness. When you're done, you wanna come do one in my house? But seriously, I love this. love. it.

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  26. WOW! Talk about a woman of many trades!! His room is def. going to have tons of inspiration for us to pull from!

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  27. Awesome! Such a cool idea!

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  28. What a perfect room! Your boy will wake up every morning with the world at his feet! I love it.

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  29. Unbelievable - does Max know how lucky he is? Granted, you went to art school, but STILL!!

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  30. p.s. Cannot. Stop. Re-clicking on this page. Did you freehand this? Gorgeous, really... And tucked next to the chalkboard -- I just love it.

    p.p.s. Any plans for the ceiling?

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  31. Omygosh...you just drew that on there! Amazing! Love it.

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  32. this room is becoming very cool! I like the painted maps! I love your use of chalkboard paint, too...especially on those lamps!

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  33. Seriously? You are so talented! That would take me years to do...I love it. It looks perfect above the chalkboard. One lucky guy..-carlee

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  34. So impressed that you free-handed this. And also impressed with Max for wanting maps on his room -- so educatioal AND on trend! ;)

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  35. Will your creativity ever end?? I hope not. That is one lucky boy! I want to come to your home and just walk around and look at all that you have done. I bet it just wonderful.
    Paula Grace ~

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  36. You are one talented and very cool mom! I love the whole concept.

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  37. That room is looking so cool! I love the chalkboard stripe in the center of the room. I may have to do something like that for my boys when they get a little older. The maps are looking great!

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  38. Wow, such an old classic made a stunning focal point! I can't believe you did that freehand! Fabulous job, girl!

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  39. Wow, such an old classic made a stunning focal point! I can't believe you did that freehand! Fabulous job, girl!

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  40. What another awesome idea! You just keep amazing me with these things- this project is so so cool- What a fab bedroom for Max!!!

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  41. This is wonderful! My son's nursery is travel inspired, and I so see a giant map like this in his future (when he's old enough to appreciate all the hard work)!

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  42. You really are "OUT OF THIS WORLD!"
    I wish it were my room!!! NOW!
    Wonderfully creative.
    pve

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  43. That is an awsome idea. Love it thanks for sharing.

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  44. Maps are never easy to be drawn even on a piece of paper using pencil and eraser. It is really amazing to see the map on wall and what’s more amazing is that you did it by hand. Surely, home owners as well as painting contractors Denver CO will find your post very informative. Great job!

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  45. Show interests with what your child is studying in school by helping out in painting a wall in his/her bedroom to help inspire interest in map reading as well as history. A unique yet educational design that home owners as well as home builders Missouri may find intriguing and unique. Thanks for sharing!

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