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Decorate Rooms in Your House With Just A Sharpie

Decorate Rooms in Your House With Just A Sharpie

SharpieI love a creative idea. Especially when it has something to do with decorating a room in the house.

Some of the best ideas are not expensive. Even if they don't cost much they do require your time an patience.

I wanted to share with you a truly creative basement room that was created on creme painted walls and $10 worth of Sharpies and Magic Markers.

The effect is rich and a work of art. This amazing decor by Charlie Kratzer of Lexington was featured in the The Lexington Herald Leader.

See the whole basement in 360-degree detail.

Check out more intricate Sharpie Art by Justin Ashbee.



Lizette Fitzpatrick- Baby Boomer Real Estate Relocation Specialist with Prudential Don Foster in Richmond, Kentucky.

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Comment balloon 25 commentsLizette Fitzpatrick • October 01 2008 09:21AM


Oh my word, what a neat trick. My kids would love this! I love this! Thank you, Lizette. :-D

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Hi Lizette,

Imagine that! Thanks for sharing.


Posted by Lillie Painia, ABR, NHC, TAHS (Lillie L. Painia, Tri-R Realty Group) over 10 years ago

Carolyn - This might make your kids graffiti artists. They could be arrested later.

Lillie- Thanks for stopping by my blog! Have a great week.

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) over 10 years ago

Oh my goodness, this was fascinating!  I totally enjoyed the 360 degree tour, particularly the way in which depth of perspective was used in the drawings.  This artist turned his home into a canvas.

Posted by Lola Audu, Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI ~Welcome Home! (Lola Audu~Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI Real Estate) over 10 years ago

UNREAL.    Some people have lots of time on their hands, too.    But,  still,  brilliant.

Posted by Connie King over 10 years ago

Lola - I thought that 360 degree tour was absolutely amazing too! I'd love to do my art room that way.

Connie - Isn't it ?? I love how it turned out. That guy is quite an artist.

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) over 10 years ago

wow that is amazing - how cool - I would hate to paint over it - just think what a talented person could do with a set of water colors on these walls

Posted by Thesa Chambers, Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon (Fred Real Estate Group) over 10 years ago

Wow, that looks really good.  I would be too nervous to mess up my walls.  It's amazing what people can do. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Jen Bowman, Realtor - Anna Maria Island & Bradenton FL (Keller Williams on the Water) over 10 years ago

Lizette, it reminds me of the creativity of children. Now were children the ones that came up with this original idea?

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) over 10 years ago

I always got in trouble for trying to decorate my room that way.  Of course it didn't look the same as this maybe that was the problem.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) over 10 years ago

Hi Lizette, WOW, I love this, the artsy soul in me is ready to get a pack of sharpies and draw on something !! I might try a canvas?? Gee thanks for sharing, I am off to check out Justine Ashbee.. God bless,

Posted by No Longer Active in Staging. No Longer Staging over 10 years ago

Lizette--And I tried to keep the Sharpies out of my kids hands and off my walls! BTW--You should see what kids do to their shoes, backpacks and other things at school with their various colors of Sharpie markers. (NOT mine but I hear it is a popular trend! )My kids couldn't bring their colored Sharpies into middle school as the cool color pens always seemed to disappear...Popular with the teen crowd which seems to be full of budding graphic artists with a love for the unique colors! :)

Posted by Teri Eckholm, REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro (Boardman Realty) over 10 years ago

His this guy contacted Sharpie?  I think they could build an advertising campaign around this use of

their product.  Nice post, thanks.

Posted by Brenda Harmon (Century 21 Beal, Inc College Station, Texas) over 10 years ago

Thesa - Hopefully it would look too good to paint over.

Jen-I would like to do it too. I afraid I might pick some intricate design and it take forever to complete.

Gary - I think kids might have started this trend long ago with crayons.

Don - I would have been in trouble too.

Cheryl - Do it! Take a pic of it and share please!

Teri - I haven't heard of that! I'd like to see some pictures of what they can create.

Brenda - Surely they have. I bet he would get free Sharpies for life or something.

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) over 10 years ago

Lizette:  You forgot to mention "artistic ability" in the list of necessities.  That is awesome.  I wish I was that talented.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) over 10 years ago

Probably an interesting idea, but not the way I would be doing it.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 10 years ago

A true talent and great until he  sells the house.  For staging, I would probably paint over, but take tons of photos first.

Posted by Kathleen Lordbock, Keller Williams Realty Professionals (Keller Williams Realty Professionals) over 10 years ago

Chris Ann - I'm sure you have many talents that you just haven't bragged about yet. Hope you are enjoying your weekend!

Steven - Hmmm....what would be your technique?

Kathleen - Exactly! I would sure hate to paint over it. If I bought that house it would be my favorite room.

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) over 10 years ago

OH MY!!! I LOVE this!  I stenciled and hand painted a few special words I chose for a "girly room" once.  They were above a chair rail, and looked fine, all in black, but this is wonderful!  I am going to the link to check it out. I wonder what the artist did about little messy spots, since Sharpie is not very forgiving?

Posted by c m over 10 years ago

Cheryl - I share your enthusiasm for a project like this. Maybe for his "mistakes" he kept a can of Kilz paint handy. Then touch up w/ wall color. I love the whole room.

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) over 10 years ago

This is really unique Lizette, I clicked to visit the 360 degree tour and immediately had a strong urge to color. Wonder if it had that effect on anyone else? No doubt this work took some thought, talent and time. thanks for sharing. :)

Posted by Teresa Berry over 10 years ago

Interesting.  I did love the 3-D looking down the hall at Claude in the doorway.  Thanks for posting this.  It was really neet to read about.  I'm going to draw on my wall with sharpies when I get home or anything.  I didn't get that gene.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 10 years ago

Very creative and talented individual.  Such a unique idea and it looks like he always has plenty of company.  Thanks for sharing!

Posted by Michele Hess, Home Stager Rockford - Simply Staged Inc (Simply Staged Inc.) over 10 years ago

This was amazing to see.  Unfortunately, my kindergarten art ability-stick figures, flying birds, etc would not be appealing to anyone...

Posted by Kathy Riggle, Houston Home Staging (STAGING SMART N SOLD) over 10 years ago

Now that is very cool. What a talent. Thank you for sharing this with the rest of us.

Posted by Barbara Cluck-Miksits, Home Staging - New Jersey (BCM Home Staging LLC) over 10 years ago

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