I know it probably looks like every DIY project I attempt works out exactly the way I wanted it to and while I wish that was true, it definitely is not.
A couple of years ago, I shared that I am trying to be bolder in my DIY. (And my life for that matter.) And the biggest part of being bold is being willing to take risks – and being willing to fail sometimes.
This was one of those times.
I had a brilliant idea. I hung this free printable in the nursery and I love it.
I love it so much I wanted a large scale version for over the crib. But here is where the brilliance came in – instead of printing and framing something, I was going to paint it right onto the wall. That way I wouldn’t have to worry about the baby pulling it down when he started standing and climbing.
This wasn’t something I had every seen before and I wasn’t completely sure how it would work out. But I was hoping it would just look super cool.
It didn’t. Whomp, whomp.
I painted a faux frame on the wall and felt awesome about how things were going.
But then I painted the ‘watercolor’ background and I hated it. the blue paint jumps out at your eye and makes the frame recede. It looks messy, is too dark, and makes the frame look super flat. Which it technically is of course.
I took a chance and it didn’t work out. But the awesome thing about paint is you can just paint over it and try again.
Since my plan didn’t work out, I’ve spent the last week or so dreaming up some new ideas. I don’t know for sure if these ideas will work the way I imagine either. But hey, if they don’t, I’ll just try something else! Since I haven’t decided which option to go with yet, the pictures of each option are Photoshop renditions.
Here’s what I’ve come up with – and I definitely want to hear your feedback on these!
Take a more traditional approach to my original idea. Print out an oversized watercolor print and frame it in a frame I already own. (And secure it to the wall really well.)
Option Two – a little bolder
Stick with the idea of painting the art directly on the wall, but soften it a bit by painting an oversized piece of abstract art. No faux frame this time. (See the art inspiration here.)
Option Three – even bolder
Turn the entire wall into the art. Paint a starry sky mural on the crib wall and paint my phrase directly onto it.
So tell me – which would you choose?