Back in August, a friend asked me to paint a simple wall mural (more like a border, really) on the walls of her babies’ room (twin boys).  At first I was reluctant;  I have no problem painting any number of things on my own walls, but there were numerous reasons why I didn’t want the responsibility of painting on someone else’s, especially since in this case the walls had just been freshly painted and looked lovely and pristine.  She assured me that even if I made a mistake, it could easily be rectified with more paint, so I decided, Why not?  Here is the result:

Holly in baby's room

Babies' room

I have to apologize for the poor pictures; they’re the only ones I have.  Here is a close up of a couple of the dogs:

close up of dogs

It is difficult to see, but there is a dotted white line that goes above and below the dogs, as if they are batting the ball back and forth.

The original design came from a Pottery Barn catalog and I modified it to include a white scottie because they have a white dog.  I made cardboard cutouts of the shapes of the dogs and traced them onto the wall, then added the details by hand.

The finished room was more than I’d hoped for and I was very glad I’d agreed to do it.  The entire project took about two afternoons, and as a thank you, my friend made a donation to PAWS/LA, which is an organization near and dear to my heart.  Everybody wins!

4 Replies to “Dog Mural for Baby Room”

  1. holly west says: February 28, 2007 at 12:30 pm

    Thanks, Debra! It wasn’t quite my idea since it was basically copied from a wall from a catalog, but it was really fun to do and quite easy.

  2. holly west says: February 28, 2007 at 12:19 pm

    I know, the pics are awful. Doesn’t give a sense of what it looks like at all, but trust me, it’s cute! It’s exactly the way I’d decorate a baby’s room if I had one.

  3. Antoinette says: February 28, 2007 at 11:39 am

    Very Cute Holly! Your first mural. Awww. I like it a lot. Simple and sweet without being “baby”. Wish I could see it better though. I have to invision the white dots your described. Good for you for trying new things!

  4. THAT Painter Lady : Debra Conrad says: February 28, 2007 at 9:18 am

    What a nice job of painting this Dog Mural!
    The fact that it isn’t too baby-ish is great, it will be easy to decorate around for years.
    Thanks for sharing your idea!
    Debra Conrad
    THAT Painter

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