Thursday, August 6, 2009

Painting on a LARGE scale

Several months ago Brady made the switch from crib to "big girl bed" (a toddler bed). I know, I know we waited a little late to move her. We tend to believe in the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" philisophy. So, we decided to make the transition when she turned 3; then she was so close to using the potty all the time that we added that to the prerequisites. Well, once both of those milestones hit it still took us awhile to have the bed purchased and assembled.

It's gone really well. And I've loved having a toddler bed despite once thinking they were kinda dumb. She can easily manuever her bed and it has added a good bit of space to her room. Also, since we knew we'd only be in this house for a year or so after the switch, it made sense to not have to purchase a pricier bed, new mattress ,and new bedding. She's using her crib mattress, crib sheets, and quilt. A new pillow and case and we were down. (Stay tuned for pics of her big girl room soon after I finish up a few more things.) Anyhow, this post is really supposed to be about large scale painting. Once the bed was up and in use, we had this large box, actually a top and bottom to contend with. I plopped them in the carport until I could take them to a nearby recycling center. There they sat for days, weeks, perhaps. Finally, I was ready to be rid of them and then it struck me that this was the perfect oppurtunity for large scale painting.
It's rare that a kid is encouraged to paint on something this large. What fun! I asked Brady what colors she'd like, got them ready, grabbed some brushes, smocked her up, and let her go to town. In hindsight, I would've protected the carport driveway. Or at least quickly tended to scrubbing up the paint spills that were left behind. The paint is washable, but has soaked in for quite awhile and I've yet to face it. As you can tell from this post, I'm quite the procrastinator.


  1. Cute! Looks like she kept things very nice and neat. Not at all what happens when we break out the paints! I'd just love to be around Brady in person...she seems like such a fun girly girl!

  2. I'm so glad you sent me your blog. I had looked for it at one time and couldn't find it. I love seeing Brady, she is so adorable and looks just like you when we were little. The large scale painting is soooo fun! Sounds like y'all are having so much fun! I love it!

  3. Jenna, she does get quite messy. I'd love to be around your sweet boys, too. Maybe we can set that up next time I'm in LR.
    Shea Lea- so glad to be connected with you in this way. You think she looks like me? I think she looks more and more Chandlerish, but then sometimes I don't... who knows?
    We do have lots of fun!

  4. Such a great idea!! Maybe when Jack starts school, I will let my girls do this. Trying it with 3 kids scares me a little ;)