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Choosing how to decorate a child’s room can be a little easier as they get older and their personalities emerge. Whether you choose to paint a mural, use wall stickers or wall paper there are so many options to make a room that tells a story about your child. One of our goals at My Wonderful Walls is to make it easy for anyone, no matter what your artistic ability, to create a fabulous wall mural. For Brittany and Dave in Liverpool, NY, it was a no brainer to create a car, truck and train themed mural for son Miles for his new “big boy bedroom”. Miles loves anything that goes especially things on wheels, so when the couple found our wall stencil kits on Amazon.com, they figured a Transportation Themed Mural would be the right fit. Though he was reluctant at first to give up his jungle themed room to his little brother, Miles now loves his room and likes to make choo-choo sounds when he sees his train mural.
Brittany told us they had used wall stickers from other companies in the past but had bad luck with Miles pulling them off the wall and clumping them together. Of course, Brittany also admitted she never tried our wall stickers (gasp!) but if she had, she may have had better luck getting them back on the walls. But we digress…let's get back to Miles’ room. The couple didn’t want to try wall stickers again so they chose to purchase our Transportation Fascination Wall Stencil Kit. Brittany advised that if you feel like it’s silly to spend $100 on stencils, they could never have painted the mural without them, so go for it!
The pair doesn’t consider themselves very artistic though they enjoy creating fun activities and items for their young sons. Brittany says she likes to look at Pinterest but the projects have to be realistic. She finds with the right tools, she and Dave can do many creative projects for their family. In fact, they created a magnetic chalkboard at toddler height in the kitchen for the kids. They then finished it off with molding to make it look they hung it. That sounds pretty cool to us! Mom and Dad did use our videos extensively to help with the planning and execution of their son’s mural. They found the tip for using chalk to mark where the furniture would be before starting to paint a very helpful one. The parents then taped the stencils to the walls before starting to get an idea of where everything was going to go.
Once they put the self-adhesive stencils on the walls and got out their paint brushes, Brittany says it took them about 30 hours total to finish the mural. They added some clouds that went onto more than one wall (in the edges) and a waterway for the boat. Miles’ name was done by buying pre-cut letters from the craft store that were then painted with the standard acrylic paint, and then super glued to the wall plane banner. (We now offer a personalized stencil for the banner as well.) The family thinks the entire area is special. Miles loves the train, and seeing his name on the plane banner. He also loves the rocket ship that is flying high, and is visible from his bed.
Brittany and Dave’s final say on our wall stencil kits? “They are worth the money. The product is as it says, and there is a sufficient support system in place.” The couple advises to definitely plan sufficient time for creating your bedroom mural. Though it took longer than they anticipated to finish, it was easier than they thought it would be to create a durable, colorful mural for Miles. That is wonderful to hear and exactly the experience we want our customers to have.
If you’re ready to see why you don’t need to be an artist to paint a professional looking mural for your child’s room or nursery, check out our wall mural stencil kits now. Thanks Brittany and Dave for sharing your thoughts with us!
Blog post written by Tara