Where This Meets That
We moved into our current home eight years ago, a week before our son Caleb was born. Among our plans at the time was to convert the “new baby’s” room into a nursery.
We had all these wonderful visions for how it would look, but as days turned into weeks and months and years, and Caleb grew from an immobile infant fascinated with crib mobiles into a boy enthralled by exotic supermobiles, I accomplished little more than scraping off the occasional bits of decades-old wallpaper. And, bless his heart, as he saw us facelift his big brother’s and sister’s rooms over the years, he would gently wonder aloud our eventual plans for his room.
Well, eight years (and three kids) later, the job is finally complete, and I’m pretty thrilled about how it turned out!
Whenever we’d asked him recently what color he wanted his walls, he’d answered that he wanted “neon blue”. I was at a loss for exactly how to capture “neon blue” without the glow of neon. After a good bit of deliberation, I settled on the below look of blue gradients from dark to light, skewed based on the orientation of his window.
To accomplish it, I painted the walls white where you now see stripes then taped them off to keep as white stripes. Then, I gradiated the blue in sections dark to light. The wall opposite the horizontal stripes is all the lighter color blue to maximize the brightness coming through the window and prevent the room from being too dark.
The black “framed” area above his bed is actually Rust-Oleum magnetic primer. Previously, that’s where his desk was, and my plan was to create a magnetic “pin board” area above it. It didn’t work out quite as planned. First, the magnetism was only sufficient for lightweight magnets alone and not for hanging pictures and documents, so I quickly crafted a “plan B” that incorporated a piece of sheet metal to allow some real magnetism that he could actually hang stuff on.
The blue rectangle in the middle is the sheet metal. To prep it, I cleaned it with vinegar, spray painted blue, and trimmed with white duct tape. All that, just in hopes of saving the wall some tack-holes and tape damage down the line. Still, I think it’s a neat little twist to the decor, so I’m glad it turned out as it did.
Pretty groovy, huh?