January 20, 2021

$100 Room Challenge | Week 2 & 3: Painting a Wall Mural

Week 2 was a total bust for me, ergo why there was no post. My plan was to tell you all about the wall mural I decided to do and have a little progress on starting it, but none of that happened. Week 3 however was very productive! 

Btw if you missed the befores (you didn't miss much) you can check out Week 1's post or if you don't know what the $100 Room Challenge is you can check out Erin's blog.

Let's get into my inspiration for this mural: Ashley from the Goldhive's wall mural tutorial but doing the scene from Jenna Sue's most recent playroom, and turned it into a monochromatic paintable mural. I picked up a few colors on the same rack (without testing on the wall eek) at Home Depot and ended up with Behr's Green SceneSustainableWashed OliveWindmill.

I had a projector but since it was old I needed to get a vga to hdmi adapter so I could project the mural from my computer. That took like 3 days, and when I got it and set it all up, the projector couldn't get big enough to cover the wall. So I basically wasted those days. 

Needless to say I was pretty bummed. After being frustrated for a good half hour I decided to stop wasting time and just freehand it. To do that I divided the rendering on photoshop into a grid and cut out where the doors were, then also divided the wall into the same grid so I could transpose the mural onto the wall.

Once the outlines were up I started painting with the darkest color, Green Scene, because it was the largest color and I could start filling in the smaller, lighter colors next. It took two coats to get a solid color which takes a little extra time, but since the coats aren't very thick it dries as fast as I can finish.

After working on it for a few hours I got all of the large colors done and started on the secondary colors. I can see it's going to take a few more naps (or gazillion), but I love how it is turning out already. I've missed painting on canvas and this is really soothing my creative outlet when it's too cold to do projects outside.

Wow that was such an unproductive and productive 2 weeks! I've been sharing behind the scenes and progress photos on my stories so be sure to catch me there. There are a smaller number of participants this go-around but they are SO good, so don't miss them! Next week is the reveal, what?! So be sure to stop back by for some crazy after photos.

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  1. This is going to be so good! I have seen these murals and I would love to try to paint it but I am not that talented. I can't wait to see this room.

  2. This is such a cool idea and I love the colors! I did a wall mural once and found out it was much more work than I anticipated too. But it'll be so worth it in the end!

  3. Wow this is so cool, I love this painting technique! You clearly have a ton of patience which I completely respect, I am not sure if I would be able to stick with it through all the layers.

  4. Wow, I am so impressed! I couldn't even begin to do something like this! First of all, I don't have the talent. Second, I certainly do not have the patience! Well done!

  5. Oh wow! I have a full wallpaper mural in my dining room. It was a total beast to install plus very expensive! This is such a great budget saver!

  6. Such a fun accent for your playroom. It's going to be amazing- can't wait to see the final reveal.

  7. This is going to be epic! You are so talented and creative, can not wait to see the reveal.

  8. This is awesome! We had a similar week of frustrations and starting over. Yours is going to be SO worth it.

  9. WHAT?! You are free-handing this mural?! You have got a whole lot of talent that I do not possess. Love where it is headed. (Also, I have totally been in those spots of frustration where nothing (projector) is working out right). I cannot wait to see how everything turns out. Hope you have the most amazing, productive, really long-naps week ever!

  10. Wow!! This is amazing!! I cannot wait to see the final result!!


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