To me, it just screamed “Train Station.” As I toured the church building for the first time, still under construction, I knew immediately what I could do. They had already asked me to paint a train in the Kid’s Ministry area and call it “The Grace Express,” but the thing that first struck me was the wall of brick…and the fact it was leading up to a wall with a hole for a window. Knowing this is where parents would be checking in their kids on Sunday mornings, it was the ideal location for a train station. Named after the church, we’re calling it “New Foundation Station.” Continue Reading →
Murals in Childrens Rooms
When I was a kid, I remember singing, “I’ve Been Workin’ on the Railroad…all the live long day.” I hadn’t thought about that song in years! Until recently, when I really was working on a railroad for days on end, as I painted Train Murals for my church’s Kid’s Ministry. After years of worshiping in a school gym, we’ve moved into our own building, and I was asked if I could paint a mural or two to make the children feel as if they’re going on a journey aboard “The Grace Express.” Well, fire up the locomotive and say no more! I spent six and a half weeks getting completely carried away with trains, a train station, railroad tracks on the floors, props, etc. There’s so much, I decided to take you on a video tour before breaking it down into individual blog entries. All aboard!
After seeing this video, be sure to see how these train murals came together, beginning with the Train Station.
You’ll have to pardon the pun, but it really was smooth sailing working on this Nautical Nursery. I love it when murals come together easily, and what made this job even more enjoyable was the fact I painted it for a former co-worker and his lovely wife. They’re expecting their first baby any day now, and what can I say? He works in TV, so that should explain why he called me so close to deadline! Continue Reading →
What started out as a small project, has now turned into a full-fledged Bedroom Makeover. I’m talking painting walls, painting furniture, upholstering a headboard, adding feet to a captain’s bed, and the list goes on. How did it happen? The same way all my projects do. I change one thing, and before I know it, it leads to another…and another. And this time, I’m dealing with my teenage daughter, who changes her mind almost as often as she changes outfits.
When it comes to Children’s Playrooms, this one is about as colorful as it gets. It’s actually in a non-profit center for children in need. A friend of mine who was volunteering there a few years back, asked if I’d be willing to lend a hand giving this room a fresh coat of paint. When I walked in, the walls were white, and I looked down at the carpet and thought, ‘Yep, this room needs an update!’ It was then that I was told the carpet had just been donated, and it wasn’t going anywhere. Yikes! So what do you do when you have bright blue carpet, that mixes multi-colored farm and exotic animals together!? The only thing that came to mind for me was….If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em!
Sometimes it’s the simple touches that can make children fall in love with their bedrooms. A few cherry blossoms here… a couple of dragon flies there… and BAM! A once-boring bedroom becomes a fun place to hang out.
One of the very first murals I ever painted was for an expectant mom who wanted a Frog Prince Nursery for her soon-to-be-born baby boy. He’s in 3rd grade now, but to this day, his nursery is still one of my favorite projects of all time. I think it’s because of the mother’s fabulous taste. She didn’t want some Winnie the Pooh mural in primary colors. She wanted something classic, yet understated. She even pointed to a book of nurseries done by designer Wendy Bellisimo. I was in awe. I knew I could paint it, I just wasn’t sure how to make the overall effect look airy and muted.
Quick! Grab the camera! This teenage bedroom is CLEAN… and heaven knows it won’t stay that way for long. It’s got a pretty spiffy paint job too, if I do say so myself. Just the fact I used the word, “spiffy” should have my daughter’s eyes rolling…right…about…NOW! Ahhh, the joys of raising a teenager! Before my daughter’s room was blue with pearlescent stripes and covered in One Direction posters, it belonged to a little girl who still played with the toys you now see put away on top of her closet. But as she entered her teenage years, it was time for a more grown up look, and she knew exactly what she wanted.