Friday, May 6, 2011

Pottery Barn Knock-Off Tree Mural

Now for the REAL centerpiece of our Big Girl Room--the mural. I love how this turned out.

When I was doing the room, I knew I wanted to paint something special on the walls, so I went to my manila envelope chuck full of house ideas I've ripped out of magazines and catalogs. I pulled out all the little girl room pictures I had, and I narrowed it down to about 4 different murals or paint jobs I liked--this one, stripes on the wall, polka dots, and a little flowery-viney thing that was very cute.

Anyway, I went with this framed mural from Pottery Barn.

So cute! I loved the contrast with the colors and the uniqueness of the frames. Since my girl's room is yellow with some pink (rather than pink, pink, PINK like the room above) I used pink and yellow. The tree itself was yellow like walls, and then I did pink as the negative space around it.

Also, I added a little "birdy-bird" since my daughter loved them--and it was just plain cute.

For the frames, I had most of them laying around at home, but I had to buy a few extras at the dollar store and Target. In the Pottery Barn mural, all their frames matched, but really and truly I thought it add a little funkiness factor to it to have mis-matched frames. To prepare them, I roughed them up a bit with some sand paper and then painted them white.

Now, for the mural, I used one of these bad boys:

Love it! It's an art projector. Remember those old-school overhead projectors--well, that's basically what this is. You put an image under it, and then it projects it onto the wall for you. My MIL gave it to me for my bday a few years ago, and it is such a handy-dandy thing to have around. I also used it to make a super cute Strawberry Shortcake poster for my daughter's 2nd birthday.

Anyway, so I used the image of the tree mural from above and drew it out how I wanted it (to include a birdy-bird of course), then projected it onto the wall and drew it with a pencil.

Then I took the frames I had and used my husband to hold them all in place while we figured out the best arrangement so that they'd all fit over the tree. I tweaked the picture here and there to make it fit. Then I just got out the paints and painted it. It took a few coats and lots of touch-ups, but it worked.

To mount the frames on the wall I used double-sided tape. Lots of it. LOTS of it.

It was a super fun project--my first time painting walls, but I couldn't be happier about how it turned out!

Do you have a little girl who needs a tree and birdy-bird in her room? 

Here are some other fun projects and their tutorials from her room.

The canopy:

Plus all sorts of fun accents:


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  1. THAT is adorable! What a cool idea. I love pottery barn but it is too pricey - I love how you it it DIY style.

  2. This is so beautiful and creative! :))

  3. I love this idea! great job!

  4. this came out awesome! And I definately need one of those projectors! Featuring this today! ~April @ Wildflowers & Whimsy

  5. Thanks for linking to Workshop Wednesday. I have all these extra frames and I am always looking for ways to use them! I am stealing this idea, I mean borrowing it!

  6. I love this! What image did you take a picture of to get the tree? Did you use the website? I think it is just super.

  7. DoodLover--I had saved the pink tree mural image YEARS and YEARS ago from their magazine, but haven't seen it in the magazines or online since then. After several unsuccesful attempts to find it online, I just scanned my magazine picture and used it to project onto the wall. :)

  8. that is fantastic! I love it! I rent, so I'm thinking maybe I could actually put the parts of the mural on paper inside the frame and hang the frames on the wall.

    I like yours more than Pottery Barns.

  9. We liked this so much over at Copycat Crafts that we featured it recently! You can view it here

    We'd love it if you'd like to display a featured button! You can grab your button on the right hand side of your post. Thanks!


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