Sunday, June 21, 2015

Boy's Lazure Room

You may have seen my previous post about creating my daughter's rainbow room, using a painting method called "lazure".  In our new house I decided to try my hand at lazure again, this time in my boys' new room.

When we bought this house, this room was decorated in a very feminine style, complete with 80’s mauve curtains and accents. It wasn’t what I had in mind for my twin boys’ bedroom. The "before" photo is how it looked (with the seller’s furniture) when we bought the house.


After we moved in, with two toddler’s in the mix, the room didn’t look much better!


It saw some hard days and a lot of playtime.  As you can see even the walls were "decorated"! Eventually, I went to work and transformed the room into a Waldorf inspired space for my boys.



Wall Color

The method I used for painting the walls is further detailed in my Lazure Tutorial post. But, here is a quick summary:

The first step in creating lazure walls is to start with a bright white base. I like to use off the shelf "ultra pure white" paint. 

I'm also careful to use a matte white. This creates the perfect surface for applying the transparent layers of color on the walls.

You will need:

-Paint brush (standard good quality wall paint brush)

-A soft cloth rag
-Liquid water color paint (I used Stockmar brand

-In this room, I also used some acrylic paint

Or you could even try using powdered pigment:

-A pigment binder like this (be sure you use matte):

-Large sponge

White acrylic paint

Mix Your Paint

You want a very thin mixture of color. It should still feel watery, and not thick like regular paint. I didn't measure very precisely. But here is the rough recipe:

-2-3 cups of water
-1/4 cup of polymer binder
-1-2 teaspoons of a single water color paint (you will need to mix up a new batch for each color)
-1 tablespoon of white acrylic paint

Mix well, I used the paint brush for mixing.

The next step is to begin applying the mixture to your walls. It is VERY drippy, so apply only a small amount at a time. I started at the top of the wall, and worked my way down to the floor, so that any drips could be easily wiped up with the rag.


Apply with the brush, using a swirling circular motion. Because I had textured walls I really had to "scrub" the color onto the walls. Then follow up with the sponge, using the same arm motions.  

lazure, boy's room

As I moved around the room, I changed the colors, fading one into the next.

lazure tutorial


Then, it was time to add "big boy beds". I knew I wanted beds that could also become bunk beds once the boys were older. But it was difficult to find convertible beds that were identical in size and shape when separated. Luckily, Amazon came to the rescue!


lazure, boy's room, waldorf walls

Eventually I will add wall hangings, art and photos in the big empty wall spaces. But that will have to wait until the boys are a little older. Right now they'd just pull anything that they could reach down! So stay tuned for an update in the future :)

Then it was time to add details!

I pulled the colors and theme of the room from this fabric. My mom made the curtains years ago for our first nursery. 

We attached several wooden crates to the wall for storage. 

Then I filled the crates with animal themed nicknacks, and other colorful things that matched the walls.

As the boys get older we will be able to add more items. 

I surrounded the top of the walls with these alphabet wall cards:

They are primarily shades of blue and green, so they match the walls perfectly. The animal theme is also carried through with them. 

Again, someday when the boys are older I will add more decor to the wall below them. 

For now the decor has to remain pretty sparse, and very kid-friendly. 

I found the wooden animals at The Goodwill, and used acrylic paint to make the turquoise. The Waldorf doll is from Etsy. He does have more clothes... somewhere!


For the floor I collected old sheets from thrift stores and used them to crochet a rag rug.

To create this rug, I used a combination of this tutorial, and lessons from a friend. It was a time consuming project. But it was nice because it was cost effective, and I was able to chose my own color pallet. 

Overall everyone seems happy with the way this room came together. We're looking forward to adding to it more and more in the future!



 boy's room, lazure, waldorf

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  1. Great job on the redo of your boys' room! What a transformation!

    I love seeing the before and after pictures.

    I found your site on the #InspirationMonday Party Link up!

    Hope you have a wonderful day today.

  2. WOW great job!!!! I love how you transformed the whole room! and the wall painting WOW love it!

  3. Thanks so much for the tutorial! I'm going to give it a try with your recipe. Now that you've lived with it for a while, do you think a clear, protective coat is needed?

    1. Nope, I think you can just leave it as is. It's held up really well so far, and I have two 4 year old boys who are NOT easy on things!

  4. This is so helpful. Thank you for taking the time to post this with so many pictures.

    Do you think the stockmar watercolor is vital? I've never bought stockmar because of the price, but have some off brand liquid watercolor i bought at Joann I'd like to use to keep the price down on this project. What do you think?

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