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!
To be honest, the nursery was already darling. It was painted a soft blue and decorated beautifully with nautical touches like fish netting, a life preserver buoy, and even a wooden boat steering wheel.
So, how do you improve on such perfection? These parents-to-be decided they wanted a mural of a boat on the back wall. Here’s what it looked like when it was bare:
I painted a simple sail boat on one side of the wall, and then decided to add a nautical compass on the other to balance it out. I normally free-hand everything, but knowing how tricky it would be to draw a perfect circle, I tried something different this time. I used a projector to put the image on the wall. I traced it and then painted it. Wow! I had no idea how helpful a projector could be. Something tells me I’ll be using one a lot more in the future.
Thanks to the projector, the murals for this Nautical Nursery were completed in just under six hours. And, as a finishing touch, I added the baby’s name on the side of the boat. Every boat needs a name, right? And what better excuse to personalize this room! Just don’t expect to see any pictures of it. The baby’s name is a surprise, and I promised not to tell a soul. What fun! Welcome to the world, little one! You’re off to a great start with loving parents ready to be your compass to navigating life.