5 Steps to a Fantasy Undersea Bedroom for Your Kids!
by Kathy Wilson
Description: Tips for decorating a kid's bedroom with an undersea theme.
All of us would love to give our children a fantasy
bedroom...one where imagination takes flight and they can hold
onto their dreams. However, many of us lack the know how or
the budget to do it. Here is a step by step project for all
those undersea lovers out there! (And most families have at
Paint a background. You don't have to be an artist to do
this! Simply pick a sea blue for the walls and ceiling. This
could vary between deep ocean blue to sea green, depending
on your tastes. I also added a sandy bottom with leftover
paint and a foam brush, and even a current by swirling on
watered down green paint with a sponge. Simply make a
"tunnel" of sorts through the water. It can be subtle, or as
bold as you like. Think of the current in Finding Nemo
that the turtles swan in! Add some kelp up the walls with a
foam brush, and imitate waves at the ceiling line.
Add creatures. There are several ways to go about adding sea
creatures to the wall without the expense of hiring a
muralist. I used press on sticker art by
http://www.PrestoChangoDecor.com to create my undersea fantasy
room, and highly recommend you check out their product.
(They also have many other themes, all just for kids!) Other
options for non-artists include tracing sea creatures from
coloring pages, painting simple fish and sea creatures in
simple, stylistic form,(think kindergarten!) stenciling them
onto the wall, or decopaging pictures with Mod Podge
directly onto the wall. Each option will give you a
different look, but all are easy and inexpensive!
Address the furniture. Painting all the furniture one color
would help bring all the rooms pieces together. Painting
them the same color as the wall will cause them to blend
with the wall a bit, and make the room seem larger. Choose a
color out of your wall theme for the furniture. I used blue
tissue paper and white glue to decoupage over an inexpensive
laminate drawer unit. Use your sticker creatures on the
furniture to give a custom flair.
Bring the fabric in the room into your dream theme! I used a
tie dye comforter because it reminded me of the waves, and
it works. You can update an existing comforter without
buying a new one by sewing or fusing two flat sheets
together on three sides, of the same size as the comforter.
Add Velcro to the inside of the open side. Insert the old
comforter, and then close with the Velcro. Mini blinds can
be spray painted to match the ocean walls with a product
from Krylon called Fusion. If you choose to add curtains,
keep them simple to avoid competing with the fantasy theme
in the room. Add pillow covers in blues and greens, and a
floor rug to warm up those toes on cold mornings!
Accessorize! Add some creativity to your room with
accessories. I created a "fish net" to hang from the ceiling
as a canopy with an open weave fabric I found on clearance
and some cup hooks screwed into the ceiling. I added some
craft foam fish, and a stuffed crab from the dollar shop
with safety pins. Sew seashell appliques on pillows or
curtains, or glue shells to curtain tiebacks. Use marine
rope to tie up your fish net, or wrap the rope around a lamp
base and adhere with hot glue.
Undersea fantasy room in a weekend, without having to take
out a second mortgage!
Kathy Wilson is an author, columnist, and editor of The
Budget Decorator. For hundreds of free budget decorating
ideas, and to sign up for her free newsletter, visit her now
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