Donna Rubin Design

Children’s Murals Revisited

 

One of the best things about painting for so many years has been revisiting my clients over time, seeing their style evolve, and helping them as they redecorate or move into new homes. Most rewarding? Painting something sweet for a new baby or young child, and then coming back as they grow older, to repaint something new! Here are a few of my favorite examples:

 

 Click on any image for a larger view, and please excuse the pre-digital-era quality of some of the photos.

 

 Max was only 4 years old and didn’t have any say in his mother’s choice for a cowboy-themed bedroom.

Cowboy on horse, with rope around the perimeter of the walls.

Cowboy on horse, with rope around the perimeter of the walls.

The rope detail continues around the room and spells out his name. The other end of the rope makes a loop.

The rope detail continues around the room and spells out his name. The other end of the rope makes a loop.

When it was time to re-do his room, Max had a lot of input! He wanted a painted world map, and a faux painted shelf with all of his interests represented.

World map and painted shelf above.

World map and painted shelf above.

Additional view of the painted shelf

Additional view of the painted shelf

Shelf detail

Shelf detail

 

 

 

 I painted this nursery for baby Matthew

Winnie-the-Pooh themed nursery mural

Winnie-the-Pooh themed nursery mural

When he moved to a new house, I painted this for 4-year-old Matthew.

Train-themed mural. The tunnel was the "headboard" for his bed.

Train-themed mural. The tunnel was the “headboard” for his bed.

Train mural view next to the entry door. The door's wall protector was made into a signal post.

Train mural view next to the entry door. The door’s wall protector was made into a signal post.

And when Matthew was 7, trains seemed too babyish. But Star Wars “The Clone Wars” was very cool!

Star Wars "Clone Wars" mural.

Star Wars “Clone Wars” mural.

Clone Wars characters painted on opposite wall.

Clone Wars characters painted on opposite wall.

More Clone Wars details, by the entry door. (note the same wall protector)

More Clone Wars details, by the entry door. (note the same wall protector)

 

 

Little Elsa liked flowers and butterflies!

Mural with flowers and butterflies.

Mural with flowers and butterflies.

But pre-teen Elsa wanted the ocean and palm trees.

Mural with ocean and palm trees.

Mural with ocean and palm trees.

Elsa’s younger sister Lucia liked big flowers and Cinderella!

Mural with cartoon flowers and Cinderella.

Mural with cartoon flowers and Cinderella.

A slightly older Lucia wanted a bright tropical room!

Say good-bye, Cinderella!

Say good-bye, Cinderella!

Tropical mural.

Tropical mural.

 

 

As a little boy, Alvaro was happy with the bi-planes flying around his ceiling light fixture…..

Bi-planes painted around ceiling light fixture.

Bi-planes painted around ceiling light fixture.

…..until he discovered soccer!

Giant soccer ball painted around light fixture.

Giant soccer ball painted around light fixture.

Soccer stadium painted in bedroom alcove.

Soccer stadium painted in bedroom alcove.

 

Carrie’s mother didn’t know the gender of her baby yet when she selected this Robert Louis Stevenson-themed mural, which included both a seated girl reading, and a sailor boy and soldier.

Nursery mural inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson's classic "Child's Garden of Verses"

Nursery mural inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic “Child’s Garden of Verses”

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Another view of the focal wall.

View of opposite wall.

View of opposite wall.

Detail of reading girl.

Detail of reading girl.

Detail of cupids over the crib.

Detail of cupids over the crib.

Pre-teen Carrie had a lot of input in her new room design, inspired by her “Princess Jasmine” phase!

Mural of lavender and blue designs with jewels and glitter.

Mural of lavender and blue designs with jewels and glitter.

Floating pointy jeweled shapes painted around the room

Floating pointy jeweled shapes painted around the room

Shapes act as frames for an ever-changing display of posters or photos.

Shapes act as frames for an ever-changing display of posters or photos.

Small writing desk was painted too, to coordinate with the theme.

Small writing desk was painted too, to coordinate with the theme.

 

 

Young Aaron wanted his favorite computer game characters in his faux-window mural. (the waviness seen here is the actual wall-1920’s era plaster)

Right-side faux window painted with disney-style bird and "putt-putt" character.

Right-side faux window painted with disney-style bird and “putt-putt” character.

Left-side window painted with birds and view of lower Manhattan.

Left-side window painted with birds and view of lower Manhattan.

A few years later, the cartoon characters had to go!

Faux windows and trim. Scene repainted without the characters.

Faux windows and trim, painted between real windows. Scene repainted without the characters.

New room, new house. A more mature Aaron requested denim striae stripes.

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