Using Your Prop Creativity in the Home

Silk ivy plants were added to the faux stone wall effect on the closet. The other three walls were painted in blue with clouds. Photo courtesy of Debbie Morrow.

I’ve made at least a two hundred holiday props in my lifetime and thoroughly enjoy bringing magic to each season.

It was not until we moved into our new house that I used my skills as prop maker to enchant my own home permanently.

For my daughter’s room, I decided to make the theme of a castle in the sky. My husband agreed to allow me to turn our room into an ancient Mediterranean villa.

I took the resell consideration of our home and used a technique that gives the look of a stone texture, yet leaves the walls as smooth as any other regular painted one.

My family was incredible pleased with the results of my efforts.

Just out of curiosity, I called a few area faux painters to see how much the technique for either one of the rooms would cost.

Seven layers of paint were used to give the illusion of depth and aging on our bedroom walls. Photo courtesy of Debbie Morrow.

For my bedroom at 16 x 30, I was quoted approximately $20,000. For my daughters room, approximately $2400.

A closer look at our faux painted wall. Photo courtesy of Debbie Morrow.

The tools I used included several paints, plastic bags, brushes and a bit of imagination. The cost for both rooms: $400.  The feeling after completing the artwork: Priceless.