Then she called on me because she had an idea for the closet door. Would it be possible to paint a smooth wooden bi-fold door to look like an open locker with stuff inside?
Now boys are content to leave their dirty socks and sporting equpment strewn about, so what I was asked to paint would ocur naturally, given time. Having painted "clutter" is one thing. But actually having a messy room is quite another! This Mom preferred the painted kind.
I offered a quick sketch so that we both understood and agreed what the design would look like, then took the door back to the workshop, leaned it against a wall and began to paint.
Using the sketch as a guide, the first step was to paint the lines indicating the locker's shape. Next, thin layers of color were washed across the doors for a mottled effect.
Little by little, details were added and strengthened until it began to look like a locker!
Painting the sporting equipment was a challenge. I need to see what things look like in order to paint them. Our house is a sports-free zone. We don't have any soccer balls, basketballs, skates, bats or cleats (tho' I think there's a tennis racket deep in the garage). So I had to borrow the items I wanted to paint. Dirty socks, however, I knew well.
In a matter of a few days, the doors were back in their proper place. You can see that chrome handles with padlocks were attached to the door as knobs --what a great addition to the design. Both Mom and son were pleased with how the new room turned out.
Several months later, this energetic family had an opporutnity to move into a new home -- and they took the door with them! Not wanting to leave the door behind for the next family, they replaced it with a plain one, and packed up the painted door and hung it in their son's new bedroom.
If painting a closet door isn't something you can do, or want to do, think about installing a wall paper mural in your room. Have I shared with you http://www.muralsyourway.com/ ? It's filled with inspirational ideas for every theme imaginable! Plus, the designs can be printed to fit your space exactly, which gives your room a polished designer look.