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Dr Seuss Nursery Cat in the Hat

by Mike Beltran
(La Habra, CA, USA)

Dr Seuss Nursery Cat in the Hat

Dr Seuss Nursery Cat in the Hat

I was inspired by my love for Dr.Seuss and the colors and stories that I saw as a kid. I did this nursery as a baby shower gift for my bro and sister-in-law. I wanted to paint a theme that is educational and can last a few years without him growing out of it.

What brand and color of paint did you use?
I used Behr paint from Home Depot. I got quarts of white, black, blue and green. All the other colors are sample sized (cheapest way). A child's room would suggest a semi gloss or higher paint for cleaning, but we went with satin. Lower sheen paints are easier to touch up, and satin is still cleanable. We painted over a flat white so we did not need to prime the wall. (Saved a few hours this way.)

If you added stripes, polka dots or other paint effects, tell us how you did it.
My talented artist friend freehanded all the images I planned out. We taped an outline of the furniture so we knew where and how big to make characters.

There is a look of sketching on all of the outlines. This was done using a fat tipped marker and the natural knockdown texture of the wall. The texture makes the marker skip certain parts of the wall and created a look that I liked.

What brand of crib did you buy? Where from?
All furniture and bedding was purchased at Babies r us.

Tell us about your window treatments, lighting, rugs, wall decor and accessories. Where did you buy them - were any handmade?

Lighting was purchased at Ikea.

How did you store all your baby goodies? In baskets, on shelves?
On shelves and in the closet.

How long did it take you? Was it easy, fun, difficult? What was your favorite part?
It took me and 2 friends about 10 hours. The hardest part was painting the background behind the cat. Because of the fur, this had to be touched up twice. The white in the body of the cat and child's face (my nephew) was original wall paint. Time saver also. It was fun and the end result was amazing.

Did you do the entire nursery on your own or did someone help you? Who? What did they do?
Since it was a gift and not my house, I was only given freedom to paint one wall. My bro and sis-in-law were okay with the 2nd and 3rd wall getting coverage also.

It was easy thanks to my artistic friend who designs toys for matel. He had the cat sketched out in about 10 minutes and then outlined in marker 15 minutes after that. Complicated for me, easy for him. Artist sketched everything holding pictures or the book in his hand and myself and other friend worked on painting boarders and filling characters.

What do you love most about your little one's finished room?
The look in his eyes when he see's all the colors. He has no idea who anybody is, but in a few years I'm sure he will.

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Thanks for Sharing Your Dr Seuss Nursery Cat in the Hat
by: Helen

Great mural. Your artist friend is very talented!

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