Paper Leaves and a Printable
October 29, 2012
My sister and I shared a room when we were young girls and I wanted pale blue paint and she wanted lavender on the walls so my mom painted the walls a compromise hue she often called “lavender blue”. I can’t imagine how many paint samples she went through to settle the argument but our walls really were a lavender blue and we tease each other to this day about whether they were actually more blue or more lavender. Typical sister stuff.
Now all these years later, my 8 year old daughter decided on both lavender and blue for her room (me thinks it’s a common favorite palette among the 8-12 group). I decided a pale gray paint was better in the long term for the walls, but we will certainly bring in some lavender and blue accents. I started by repainting her walls in a shade of pale gray (‘Jade Frost’ by Glidden), then adding a whimsical and fun update to her existing tree mural, and a new framed printable on the wall.
I painted a tree mural for her several years ago, but we’re eliminating pink as an accent, so I removed the flowers and cut up several dozen patterned scrapbook paper leaves to replace them.
I loved the idea of multicolored patterned leaves on a tree mural that I pinned a few months ago, so I glued the paper leaves to the wall to replace the flowers. It’s fresh and fun and most importantly, she really loves it.
I also repainted her little thrift store desk that used to be green I gave it two coats of aqua blue. [I feel like all I do is paint things aqua blue for young girls (like this bureau and this chair) and now my daughter’s desk too!]
The paint is a custom color I mixed up with several of my leftover paints, but its closest matches based on my collection of blue paint swatches are: 1) ‘Lake Champlain’ by Dutch Boy, 2) ‘Tranquil Blue’ by Benjamin Moore, 3) ‘Prince Edward Isle’ by Glidden and 4) ‘Reflecting Pool’ by Sherwin Williams.
For above the desk I framed this printable I created:
I made a few other colors and styles if you’re interested in printing one for your child.
Download any of the four ‘You are Loved’ prints here.
All my thoughts and prayers go out to all of you on the east coast in the wake of the hurricane, please be safe! .