Now that the girls room is finally finished after over 2 years — in all fairness it was 90% complete before they were born, but just took a while to get those last touches complete — I’ve started thinking about the fine details, like refinishing all the terribly-installed and poorly finished trim and molding. And more fun things, like what to do with those builder-basic closet doors.
Here’s what they looked like before. For a while I considered painting them a different color, but since the walls are a bright aqua teal color, the trim needs to have a neutral base. I thought of buying new doors and adding trim and even wall-papering them. Then I decided I was going to paint gold hearts all over them. That’s the idea I’ve been holding onto for the last couple of months.
And then I saw this beautiful hand-painted “wallpaper” that Elsie did in her new house in Nashville and I immediately knew that I had to do a more whimsical design. Not that hearts aren’t whimsical, but there are a dozen items that the girls are more obsessed with than hearts these days.
I narrowed that list down to 3 items: dinosaurs, school buses and owls. It could have easily been planes or helicopters, as well. But, school buses are sort of their thing. I sing The Wheels on the Bus 500+ times a day and it’s the only nursery rhyme they consistently request from me and the TV. They’re also obsessed with the physical vehicle/toy itself. The school bus is the only item liked more than their baby doll stroller.
It had to be a school bus! So, I printed a cartoonish sketch from the computer and made several templates using card stock.
For the most part, I just eyeballed the placement, but I did measure about 12″ between each bus vertically and about 3 1/2″ between each line of buses using a ruler. It’s very “ish” measurements.
It’s a pretty easy project, especially since I was only working with closet doors. It’s pretty difficult to get straight solid lines, especially on the decorative faces that are indented, but I was able to do pretty decent touch-ups and it doesn’t need to look perfect. It’s hand-painted and whimsical, right?
All you need is a Krylon Gold Leafing Pen, painters tape, your template (it’s helpful to have a few templates on hand), and some patience. I used the painters tape to help keep the template in place while I was tracing.
The only thing that really matters is that the girls love it. They ooohed and ahhhhed for about 15 minutes and wanted to “touch it”. They did call them “cars” at firt, which was a knife to my artistic soul (just kidding), but they like cars too, so it works for me.
It’s fun, surprisingly subtle and adds a bit of whimsy to their cute little toddler room. The best part is that it will be easy to change when they grow out of wanting school buses on the closet doors.
What’s your favorite upgrade to closet doors?