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?
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