Category : wall decoration

Woodooz is keeping me busy, so much so that I am delaying posting my already completed works - Like this name board for instance. But before we talk about it, just want to do a quick check on if you have subscribed to my YouTube Channel. If you haven't, please take a moment to go here and do it right now. You would certainly make me super happy. 

Meanwhile, we realized that our old Name Board was outdated with the new addition in the family. And so started the wooden DIY name board project. I delayed this so much that I had to have it installed just in time for the 2nd Birthday.

Remember how Preethi has been experimenting with Kerala / Chetinad style of decor ? We wanted to infuse the same elements in the name board too. Wood was a unanimous choice. Loads of texture, rose wood color, the elephants and bells were Preethi's touches.

Name board DIY
Wooden Name Board

Warli has always inspired us. The simplicity in the use of geometric shapes to construct alluring images of people has always interested us and that these images were already on the wall only helped us. We are still working on adding more elements to the entrance, but for now, glad that we would get all the members of the family on board, literally.

Warli wall painting
Warli at entrance

Being part of a Woodworking community has been a great source of inspiration and information for me. That I could make a board from out of wooden sticks is something I learnt from the forum. That I can use stickers for the names is also something I found out through an avid DIYer in the forum. If you are looking at interacting with like minded individuals, you should check the Facebook DIY Woodworking group dedicated for the Indian DIYers.

The wooden beadings were glued together to form the board using Wood adhesive.I didn't have clamps and so just used pressure from heavy books to hold them together until it dried. You can look for videos on how cutting boards are made to have a better understanding.

Teak wod strips
Plywood beadings

Staining wood
Stained wood

I took the plank to the nearby shop where they fix car / bike number plates. And he was happy to get the names done for a cost. The elephants and bells were bought online to add the Kerala flavor to the entrance.

Name board
Make your own Name Board
There are few more works that are pending to be posted here. But am working on something here on Woodooz that is eating away most of my time. I am really excited about it and I hope to share the news with you very soon. Until then, please please wish me the best of luck.

[Guest Post by Subbu Padmanabhan]
The delight in seeing one’s own near-perfect handiwork come to life is quite unparalleled by the satisfaction induced by the picture perfect outcome of a qualified expert. This joy provides everyone with unfailing inspiration and so when I experience the same elation, I want to share it. Adding life to walls with cartoon characters may not seem new. But doing it yourself brings in the needed novelty that is a result of your own unique creative skills. I decided to give my son Sharan's room a little transformation with his favorite animation characters and have now been doing it on request from other mothers too. Here's some tips on decorating your kid's room wall  with his / her favorite cartoon characters:

Wall decoration idea
Add life to your kid's room wall with cartoon characters
First and foremost, before you start doing anything with the wall, understand that the result has to interest your kid in the long run. Kids appreciate everything with a fancy value, but tend to move from one interest to the other quickly. Involve your kid in understanding what he / she would like to see on his / her wall for the next few years. You certainly don’t want him / her saying, “Mmmm, I like Chota Bheem better”, after two days of your hard work.

How to paint your kids room wall
DIY Wall Decoration

Materials you can use

From my experience, acrylic colors seem to be the best fit for adding splash of colors on the wall. I have used it on many walls with ease and have seen it give a striking finish to my works.
Wall painting materials
Acrylics for the wall
I use cartoon images from the internet for reference and mark the outline on the wall using a pencil. Once the outline is in place, just paint the colors without letting them spill out of the outline. Cartoon characters look good in solid colors and so you don't need to give any gradient effect to your paintings. In short, very basic painting skill is required to indulge in this DIY fun.
Chota Bheem on the wall
Chota Bheem on the bedroom door
You don’t have to use the whole wall area. Choose a portion of the wall space and make it your canvas. Don’t be scared to alter and give it a makeover.  If your kid would love it, give him / her sections that he / she can complete.  That would add to the fun, right ?

Tips for painting the wall

Wall painting using acrylic colors
The feature wall of the kid's room
It is as simple as that. Take your time. Don’t get bogged down by setting yourself timelines. Get it right and then move to the next step. Enjoy the process. And most importantly, relish the product of your own efforts.  Take pride and show it off to family and friends. I would love to hear your thoughts on designs that you have executed in your own rooms. Maybe, next time I do something like this, I will incorporate your ideas.  Do leave me a comment.

~ Subbu Padmanabhan

About the contributor
Subbu Padmanabhan is a mom to a 4 something year old boy, and works as faculty in a premier play school. She likes to indulge in mini crafts projects, for the school and her home, during her spare time. The wall art that you see in the backdrop of this bedside lamp is her handiwork too. She lives in Bangalore.

A plain wall needing embellishment can certainly set off the DIY instinct in us. While creating a new piece of art is the most obvious choice, we sometimes tend to forget our works from the past that are crying to get out from the dark insides of their designated storage space. More often than not, everything that is preserved tends to get ignored and lose to our own yearning to craft something new and more creative. Such discrimination is usually meted towards work we believe isn't our best. 
We may have moved on from being a novice, but it gives no reason to disregard our previous work as a rookie. It may have its imperfections, but every work of art that is our own is a masterpiece in its own right and deserves to be proudly displayed on a wall or a glass case where everyone can see.
Old floral painting from the archives (2003)
Floral water color painting
Revived, framed and displayed (2011)
Do you agree? Would you rather work on a new project than to resurrect an old work of yours? How do you ensure all your work get that much deserved showcase space? Share your views. We would love to know your point of view.
Note : This painting is a reproduction that I painted way back in 2003. If you do know that original artist, please do drop me an e-mail at

~ Preethi

P.S. Linking in : Lines Across my face, Colours Dekor

- Somu

Bamboo room divider, or wall decoration unit
Bamboo Room Divider / Wall Decoration
bamboo room divider or screen or wall decoration
Bamboo Decoration
Room dividers are a great way to provide partition in a room with larger dimensions. Most commonly, these dividers are used between the living and dining space, when the hall and dining rooms are part of the same larger space. Some of the often used dividers are : wooden dividers, screens, book shelves, or the folding wooden panels. 

Bamboo dividers can be a wonderful addition to the d├ęcor of the room and is a nice deviation from the regular space dividers. Because these partitions are not solid panels, they also create the perception of a bigger space while at the same time creating the much needed divide between spaces.

This particular divider can also be used as a wall decoration unit. In this case, we installed the bamboos in the backdrop of a plain wall to provide the wall emptiness with some glitz. The bamboo sticks were sanded, varnished and the artificial leaves added to the grand finale effect.

Let us know what you think.

And thanks to Emreen, for, she is the one that led us to the bamboo leaves (KUSAL).
- Somu

bamboo divider unit
Bamboo Room Divider / Wall decoration - Before
Bamboo room divider and wall decoration unit
Bamboo Room Divider / Wall decoration - After
Quite an exciting project, but just as time consuming and laborious too. The need was to make a bamboo unit to fill up a non-intrusive wall space.This is something that my friend saw at a showroom and wanted us replicating it. Since we were already working with bamboos on a different project, we jumped at the opportunity after browsing through some images on the net.

Bamboo as a raw material is readily available, inexpensive and is easy to use These bamboos are less than an inch in diameter. The hardest part of the project was to sand the bamboo stems to remove the waxy outer coating and to achieve a smoother surface. The slowest part of the project was the time it took for the oil paint (green) to dry. Once dried, it was varnished.  A hole was drilled in each of the nodes in the bamboo for a leaf to be inserted. The bamboos were made to stand by screwing them onto a wooden plank.

The base is a regular black box made from 19mm plywood planks. The planks were joined together using 2 inch screws. No other fancy joining technique used. The insides were painted black while the exterior was covered with black laminate. The box was stuffed with thermocol after placing the bamboos in place and finally covered with pebbles. Only thing missing is the bamboo leaves.

We delivered in late in the night yesterday and so, we are yet to get a full fledged feedback. We are sure some changes here and there would be required. Will follow up. And considering we have been onto this for the last 45 days, we are gonna take a well deserved two weeks break from woodworking :)... So,here it is - a bamboo room divider.

P.S. Do you know where we can find artificial bamboo leaves in Chennai ? Would appreciate any pointers in this regard.
- Somu

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