I just have one or two little odds and ends that I'll eventually do, but for the time being, I'm considering it d-o-n-e, DONE!
Let's go back to the before pictures: (Am I the only person whose iPhone takes crappy pictures? Or am I just spoiled to Canon?)
Final pictures: (Taken with my Canon...see the difference?)
I did a green Yoshi egg (bottom of the red shelf) and an orange Yoshi egg (top of the blue shelf as well as a little star-power trinket box on his night-stand. He was SO excited about those!
You can also see the Question Mark remote box on the blue shelf that I did a few weeks ago, too.
We still have to put posters and this Mario picture my sister did (below) up on the walls, but I'll hold off on putting everything up until I have the Mario picture in.
But his room is basically done.
I've been asked how I did everything, if I used stencils, decals, freehand, etc. so here's a quick rundown of how I did everything.
On The Wall
The brick and question-mark blocks I measured out with a ruler (at 10" square) and curved the corners off by hand. I used a level to make sure they were straight on the wall. The question mark is free-handed, but the divided bricks were, again, done by ruler and level with rounded corners free-handed while painting (not necessarily as simple as it sounds). Then I came back later and added the light orange shadow under the question mark and "bolts" in the corners.
BudgetThe other question I've gotten is exactly how much the whole redo cost. I figured in the shelves that we built into the closet that started this whole thing, though in my head they're separate because I had at least planned to do them at two different times. I've rounded everything up and I think I'm probably shooting high on some of it, I'm just too lazy to dig my receipts out!
I could have done things much cheaper than I did because some of the paints & supplies weren't necessary, but I knew most of my craft paints weren't the freshest and may be too thick or dried up and I knew some of my paintbrushes were showing their age, too, so I just bought all new paints, brushes, rollers and everything. It saved me the time of mixing paints to the right color or having to thin them out. Plus new brushes are always worth it (to me) in the effort department because you can get cleaner lines out of them.
Lowes - $117
Wood for Shelves ($65)
Olympic One Wall Paint ($27)
Drop Cloth (heavy) ($15)
New 6" mini roller ($8)
Plastic paint container ($2)
Hobby Lobby - $4
Paper Mache Eggs ($4)
Michael's - $32
Craft Paint--13 bottles in 10 colors ($15)
New Paint Brushes ($7)
Tissue Box ($5)
Small Paint Containers ($2)
Star Trinket Box ($3)
Walmart - $22
Twin size Mario Sheets ($ 22)
Total Amount Spent $175My goal budget was to keep it under $125, so once you take the shelves out of the equation we succeeded and we even saved $30 in doing the shelves ourselves, plus we got a better fit for the closet than we would have if I'd gone with the pre-fab shelves available at Walmart or Lowes.
Now, as far as the question of how much we saved in doing something like this ourselves....that I have no clue on. I don't know how much someone would charge just to paint a room, let alone paint the Mario elements on the room, too.
Plus, whenever Ty looks at his room, he'll know that his Mama took the time to do it herself and make it (literally) a labor of love. So I think that sentimentality far exceeds whatever we saved.
Let's just hope he doesn't outgrow it anytime soon!!