September 12, 2011

Go Ahead and Color on your Walls...

This is part two of part one my bedroom redo, and as promised, I will show you how I drew a mural on one of the framed parts of my walls and on my built-in vanity--one of many unique architectural details I love in our 1920's home. (I'm not sure what the technical term is for those framed-in parts, but they got my creative wheels turning on what to fill them with).

Now this was only my second time doing a mural-my first one I painted was when my friend Cara asked me to paint a huge Eiffel Tower in her hot pink bathroom-now that was fun! Since I had a little experience and success with the first one, I decided to try it again!
The quilt that inspired me

My mural

So, to go along with our pale yellow walls and gray trim, I found this gorgeous quilt with darker yellow and gray tones with a nice flower pattern. I decided to reproduce some of those shapes and patterns on my walls.

I used Permapaque metallic pigment markers-for $5.99 at Hobby Lobby-very long-lasting, smooth and easy to use. I wasn't concerned with perfection, just eyeing the quilt and drawing away. (I knew I had more of my yellow wall paint as back-up if I REALLY messed it up...) But I didn't!

I then filled in some of the shapes with a darker yellow and some of the gray trim color, and I was done!

Across from my mural is the built-in vanity, which I painted that rainwater color I love, with gray trim along the base. I used silver paint marker to draw in little birds on a vine on the drawers and some flower patterns on the top cabinets. I love that I can see the reflection of my mural when I look in the vanity. I am so happy with the results of my artsy little corner.

Next, I am brainstorming what to do for a headboard--ideas, anyone? I welcome your thoughts!


  1. Yes, If you have an extra crib that you wont be using anymore...that would make a great headboard....

    30 Fabulous Reuses & Repurposes for Old or Recalled Cribs

    If you go to that will see a few ideas.

  2. Thanks for the crib idea! That would be a great solution for what to do with a recalled crib, plus could look really cool. Thanks for your suggestion!

  3. Think about an old porch swing. you could paint it pewter or give it a weathered look. that would correspond with the birds/nature theme you have going. or go with a nice natural wicker.

  4. Carol-I love the porch swing idea too! I will be on the lookout for some creative finds out there.

  5. Oh my goodness. I absolutely LOVE this! What a pretty wall painting. I just love creative people!


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