If you read my previous post about my plans for Lyric’s new room, you knew that a DIY was headed your way for this perfect-in-every-way mountain mural.
It’s finished and I think I’m more smitten by it than I even thought I’d be!
I got the inspiration for her feature wall from Party Parade and stopped brainstorming for any other ideas because I fell head over heels the minute I saw it. Although any mural will likely require some pencil lines or measuring and taping, this one really is the simpler of murals you can DIY.
The beauty of a mountain is every single one is unique, including the ones you’re about to make appear on your wall. So free-handing with a pencil is all you need to get started!
I knew I’d be putting Lyric’s daybed against this wall so I measured out the width and height of it and made a small pencil mark on the wall where the upper corners would be. Then I guesstimated how much higher than the bed I wanted the mural to be and made a small mark. From there, I was able to eyeball roughly how tall each section of mountain would be.
I began with the “bottom” layer first so that it didn’t end up being too narrow. Free-handing was incredibly easy and took no time at all! If you don’t trust yourself to draw a line that resembles some sort of mountainous landscape you can always google “mountain silhouette” for a guideline. Start with just a light line so it’s not difficult to erase if you change your mind at any point as you go along.
After the bottom layer, I worked my way up and drew the second, third and top silhouettes. I did make some corrections with a white eraser in a couple of spots which came off easily. Then I went over all of the lines to make them visible enough to see standing a few feet back so I could get an idea of the finished lines.
A little bit of paint goes a long way so I opted for Home Hardware’s color sample can size which is 455ml (which are only just over $6 each!) and covers approximately 50 square feet, which was more than enough for what I would need to do two coats on each section. I chose the top four colors on Beauti-Tone’s color swatch from A5-7-0082-0 to A5-4-0085-0: Rose Shadow, Pink Coral, Quiet Pink & Fragrant Satchel.
When I was ready to start painting I used a small blunt-edged artist brush to go along the edges and used a small (6″) roller to fill in each section. I did feel like the top and second layers were too similar so I took the second layer paint back in to have it tinted a smidgen darker so it stood apart a little more. I also didn’t fill in along the top edge of each layer as dark as I did the rest. I thought leaving the top of each silhouette a little bit lighter gave it some dimension and it allowed me to use the brush to add a little bit of texture, too.
I’m SO happy with how it turned out. Everything else in her room is coming together really well, too. Her area rug is in, I finished DIYing her dresser (just waiting on the hardware to arrive) and now we’re just doing some finishing touches and about to start her DIY shelving.
The only hold up will be her light fixture which is back ordered and won’t be in until the end of September, but I’ll definitely be revealing the final look well before then because I’m WAY too excited not to! =)