Our boys love history. I think it is all of their favorite subject. We are taking our study of Medieval times to the next level this year. Both of our big boys decided to forfeit birthday parties and gifts in order to get a sweet new room decor. We are turning their tiny lair into a royal castle.
Painting your kids room like a castle isn’t that hard actually. I mean, it’s a lot of work but it’s easier than you might think.
We are in the in between stages of getting it done right now. First we painted a medium brownish grey base coat. Next we outlined the stones with chalk, trying to maintain a somewhat natural and non-uniform look. Then, using 1 and 2 inch foam brushes we used both a light grey (medium grey mixed with white) and a darker grey (all of these in the same grey family) and painted in each of the stones, focusing more light grey in the upper and right quadrant as well as in the middle. We used the dark grey to create more shadowy effects in the bottom and left quadrants and also towards the middle. We are finishing each square by blotching what we have painted with wadded up plastic grocery bags. This is a messy job!
We are obviously not done yet. We will have to touch up the “mortar” with our base color paint. Lastly we will let it all dry completely and then we will wash off any remaining visible chalk marks. Then we can begin the next step in the process.
Now you may look at this and imagine that one might begin to feel quite closed in with all of these stone walls. But we will be breaking this up with wall decor.
Right now Ikea has some really cute “wall torches” in stock. At our local resale store we found plastic silver coated chargers which we will place right behind each torch so that the light reflects off of it and creates a bit more light. I’ll let you know how this works out! In addition to the torches we have found some neat medieval style tapestries and banners. We plan to hang two shields as well.
And the other day we came across a very special find… a replica of William Wallace’s sword, vastly marked down to a price that was actually affordable. (Don’t worry, it will be horizontally mounted over their closet far out of their reach!) We removed their closet doors and will hang royal red curtains (another fabulous sale find at 60% off!) that will match their window curtains, both of which will be drawn back with braided gold tassels which I found for a fairly cheap price at our local fabric store.
And because I know you all are dying to witness this, here is my man quoting Monty Python’s Quest for the Holy Grail.
Oh and this is not related at all but this is just further proof that waking up is hard to do…