When we first bought the house, the first thing I did was paint all the rooms. The house had been freshly painted before we bought it, but the walls were white AND the trim was white. And large sections of the flooring was splattered white, too. :-p White is SOOOO dull. I rarely use it, except for trim when my walls are dark. I just love ruby red walls with pure white, glossy trim, yum. I did my dining room like that.
When I did the kids’ rooms, I tried to make things little fun. For the boys’ room, I painted the walls a light color (white with a pink hue, for warmth) and the ceiling a sky blue. I made fluffy white clouds on the ceiling by mixing white paint with some water, and dabbing the paint on the ceiling with a dampened sea sponge. It really came out great. And then I painted yellow glow-in-the-dark stars on the ceiling. After 10 years, the stars still look great, and they still glow!
Glow in the dark paint is found at craft stores, and I think home improvement stores carry it now, too. I bought a few different styles of craft sponges in the shapes of stars. All I had to do was dip the star sponge in the glow in the dark paint, and dab the ceiling with the sponge. I used craft paint, which was a little watery, so I painted over every star twice. The yellow is a light yellow. It’s hardly noticeable during the day. But every evening when we shut off the bedroom lights, the stars light up. It’s really neat and the boys love it.
The nice thing is that the stars do not remain glowing all night, so they don’t disturb sleeping. The stars glow for about 3-4 minutes. Another things is that the paint needs to absorb light in order to shine it when the lights go off. We usually keep the curtains open during the day, anyway. But if you have a dark room, the paint might not work as well.
It’s a really easy and inexpensive way to add another personal touch to the kids’ rooms.
Photo of wall courtesy of Maps and Moons at Flickr.