Send your teenage boy off to bed in his newly painted football bedroom. In no time at all, he'll be dreaming about scoring the winning touchdown for his favourite team. One wall will be transformed into the football field, while opposite ends become the goalposts. The final wall is the arena filled with cheering fans. Add some of his own school team logos and memorabilia, or add the colours and mascots of his favourite college or professional team for a personal touch.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Challenging
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Things you need
- Paintbrushes and rollers
- Small artist brushes
- Many bright colours of paint
- Plastic lids in varying sizes
- Reference pictures of football team logos and mascots
- Painter's dust sheet
- Painter's masking tape
Prep the room for painting. Spread the dust sheet over the floor and any furniture remaining in the room. Mask off the baseboards, doors and other trim areas.
Paint one wall green like a football field. Paint the two adjacent walls green on the bottom half and blue on the top half. Paint the fourth wall any basic colour like blue or grey.
Draw the designs on the walls with chalk. The designs do not have to be extremely detailed. Large-scale simple graphics work nicely. Draw yard lines on the green wall along with the appropriate yard line numbers using the yardstick as a guide. On the adjacent walls, draw in goalposts and a scoreboard. On the fourth wall, use the plastic lids as templates to draw circles on the wall, which will become the fan's faces. Draw a semicircle underneath the faces for the fan's shirts. The bottom circles should be larger, descending to smaller circles toward the top of the wall. This gives the illusion of depth perception.
Starting with the green wall, use white paint and the smaller artist brushes to paint in the yard lines and yard numbers. Next, use the same brushes to paint the goalpost. Paint a football soaring over the post for a delightful touch. Paint a scoreboard over the goalpost. Your teen's favourite team boasts the higher score. Make the two scores very close or let your child's team win by a landslide. On the fourth wall, paint the circles varying shades of brown, beige and pink. Paint the semicircles all different colours to simulate the cheering crowd.
Add in logos and mascots from the boy's favourite football team in the football field or in the stands. This adds a personal touch that will make the child feel special.
Tips and warnings
- If you are not artistic, ask a talented friend to help. Use pictures of decorated rooms or football stadiums as inspiration. Add other accessories to the room to complete the look, including bedding, lamps, pillows, beanbag chairs and locker storage. Keep yard marker lines and goalpost lines straight.
- Don't get caught up in the details. Imagine the room in large scale. The room should feel like a stadium. It doesn't have to have a three-dimensional quality to be fun.
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