DIY Wall Mural: A bold, floral nursery update

A few years ago I was aimlessly strolling the aisles of a craft store with one kid asleep in my baby carrier and the other sitting in the shopping cart happily devouring a bag of Old Fashioned Plain Timbits (the least messy of the Timbits... if you know, you know.). This is basically my version of "alone time". I stumbled across a bottle of liquid gold leaf. I'd never seen it before, but love the look of gold leaf but hate the effort it takes to use (and the price tag!). I bought two containers, one in "bronze" and one in "gold" and obsessively thought about all the amazing projects I could do with it.

Fast-forward about a year to when I decided to update my youngest's bedroom. Nothing had changed since my older daughter was in the space, and I had grown tired of the Ballet Slipper Pink wall behind the crib. The colour just didn't suit Tilly (we've lovingly nicknamed her "Tilly-the-Tank"). I'm drawn to more minimalistic spaces with neutral colours, and thought about doing a soft charcoal wall to contrast the full wall of windows and off-white walls. After a trip to Benjamin Moore to grab some paint swatches, though, I fell in love with a colour called Salamander. It looks like a soft black at night and during the day when the sun is directly shining in the room it looks like a very subtle emerald green. Sold! I painted the wall and decided to do something fun that was just for Tilly. Heres where the Liquid Leaf comes in. ;[

Start to finish, this project really only took a couple of hours at the most. I left about two months in between starting the mural and finally finishing it (because, life) but the actual time it took me to draft and paint was minimal. I started by lightly chalking in a design that I had previously doodled on my iPad. I wanted to keep the image minimal and simplistic (read: less painting and planning time). Once I was happy with the design I wiped off most of the chalk and went to work with the Liquid Leaf.

If you want to know more about my process, supplies I use, and tips and tricks I've learned while painting indoor wall murals, check out my DIY Mural Guide here.


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I'm Karla, a mama, teacher and artist from Ontario, Canada. I have an affinity for all things floral. When I'm not wrangling babies you can find me sipping coffee, painting walls and rearranging rooms in my home or sitting down with my sketchbook and a good, felt-tipped pen. 

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