Sundays (and a propeller tutorial!)

On Sundays I keep myself busy. My son goes to his dad's house in the morning and I have allllll day to be sad and lonely about it, so I try to keep my mind off of it. I workout, run errands and do house projects.

Y'all, I'm really proud to own my own property. How many single parents in their twenties can say that? Fuck a buncha paying rent, this betch has a mortgage. I totes maximize it by painting the walls bright colors, doing bitchin' murals for my kid and hanging geek-girl art on the walls because I can and I don't need no permission from any man. (z-snap)

A couple of Sundays ago I painted a car/plane mural in my kid's room, then my manfriend added a real propeller to the airplane I painted. I legit have to give him all of the credit for it. I texted him asking if it was possible to make a 3D spinning propeller for the plane because I thought it would look neat, and next thang I know he's at my house with some wood (heyyyyy) and some tools. 

And now it's time for an oddly specific tutorial: How to create a spinning propeller for a muralized biplane. 

Step one: Draw out your propeller design and start shaping the wood with a dremel. Once it's shaped, sand it smooth like buttah.

Yer gonna get messy.

You'll also need to drill a hole in the center (not pictured, see step 3)

Step two: Paint. Once it's painted, spray it with polyurethane to seal it.

Check out that sweet straight line.
Bitches love straight lines.

Step three: Assemble your hanging apparatus for cheap/free. Find a cheap pen and a marker you likely stole from a hotel room. You'll need the outer casing of each cut to the length of the hole in the propeller. You need a pen because it will fit perfectly around a screw and allow the propeller to rotate within the marker casing, which is slightly larger. Does that make sense? No? Let's look at pictures.

The pen is the teensy white piece (about 1/2"-3/4" long) right next to the screw.

The marker piece is glued in the hole that we he drilled in the center of the propeller, creating a smooth surface for rotation. The piece of the pen goes on the outside of the screw and fits inside the hole, that way the propeller will be securely affixed to the wall while still allowing for rotation. 

The other washer is on the back so it spins smoothly once attached to the wall.

Step four: Hang that ish up and eat some lunch. You deserve it. Don't forget to put one of those plastic thingies (thingys?) in the wall unless you drill it into a stud. (The wall kind, not the man kind. That would be gross, he'd bleed all over it.)

My kid loves spinning it.

A look at the rest of his room:

Two bright accent walls and a lot of toddler accessories.
I can't help it that he can rock a fedora better than anyone I know.

That Batmobed, tho.

I saw the Batmobile bed on Pinterest and was super bummed and disappointed in myself that I didn't think of it first since I already have a racecar bed. Spray paint the bed black, paint the bat symbol, spray to seal. It's really that easy.

I painted the car forever ago and finally added in the background.

Boom, nailed it.


  1. I had no idea you owned your own place! I thought you lived in an apartment! Eeek! Shame on me!

  2. So I need that airplane painted in my little guys room with that same propeller. Super cute!


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