Sunday, February 12, 2012

Monkeying Around

Sean started working on the nursery in December. He did a TON of work. He took two old closets out of the room, fixed up the walls, pulled up the the carpet, laid down a new floor (thanks Ray for the help!), fixed up the baseboard, and painted the room yellow. 

January 22 I started my first project in the baby's room, kicking off the monkey theme. For months I had been eyeing a jungle/monkey mural that I found on etsy by designedDESIGNER but I didn't want to spend the money (and we didn't have enough wall space for the whole thing anyway). I decided to use part of the mural for inspiration. This is the part that I used: 

I went to Joann Fabrics (my favorite!) with my best and craftiest friend Hannah, and chose the basic colors I wanted to use. Two shades of green for the vines/leaves, a light tan for the monkey's face and belly, and finally a orange/brown for the monkey's body. We used a coupon, and spent $3.73 total for the paint. 

I started by using a pencil to sketch an outline of the monkey and the vine. You can see from the picture that I did a lot of erasing and changing my mind. I was thankful that Sean was at the Patriot's game, he would have cringed watching me draw all over the wall over and over. Pencil and eraser marks didn't look good on his fresh paint job. After about 30 minutes of sketching I felt confident in the outline and moved on to the paint!! (Sorry that the outline is hard to see in this picture, I was trying not to draw too darkly on the wall.)

I decided to start with the lighter part of the monkey, so I could fix any mistakes by covering them up with the darker brown color. I also did the vine at this point, to paint different sections that wouldn't touch while wet. I did two coats of each color for better coverage. 

Luckily the paint dried pretty quickly, and I was able to move around the monkey pretty quickly and paint the layers of brown without stopping. It was a lot of fun, and some good music helped me pass the 4 hours that the painting took. When you walk into the room, this monkey is the first thing you see. It is waving hello, hanging right above the crib. It was the perfect way to start showing the baby how much we love him/her! Here is the finished product: 

Overall, I'm thrilled with the monkey! Great way to spend an afternoon, and a small financial investment for something that our child will enjoy for years! More projects to come soon! 


  1. Very cute! Thanks for sharing your instructions and taking us step by step through the process! Congratulations on your baby!

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    1. Thank you very much for the feedback, Jan! It was a fun project, and I hope our baby enjoys it for years to come. Thanks for the congrats as well! I'm looking forward to reading your blog as well.

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