How to paint a wall mural if you’re not artistic, Part 2

Part 1 is here.

Where were we? Oh yeah…trying to find away around my unsteady painting hand.

I taped off all the straight lines using FrogTape Painter’s Tape.

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Image from FrogTape

I find it seals better than the blue stuff and it’s a little more see through. You’re going to want see through…trust.

Next you’ll want to put a piece of tape right over the top of the curved lines, too. See why you need to be able to see through the tape, at least slightly?

Take an X-Acto knife and cut lightly (enough to cut the tape but not enough to screw up your walls) along the pencil line. Peel off the excess tape. Here’s what mine looked like when I was done taping and cutting and peeling everything for the yellow part of my mural.

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Apply the paint to the inside of the taped area. I used cheap-o foam brushes for the yellow and green (small) parts of my mural. I used a foam roller for the blue (large) parts. Here’s how much blue we’re talking…

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I turned on the ceiling fan so it would dry quicker and applied another coat before peeling off the tape and I let it dry for several hours before putting tape over the top to paint another color.

Here’s a shot whilst I was waiting for the blue to dry so I could paint the yellow.

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Clean up any pencil marks that are still visible. I used a fairly dry Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.

The final product?

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Watch out for the fan when you climb on the bed to take pictures.

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Aaaand one more shot:

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So, are you gonna try it?

Comments

  1. Marianne, aka Ranger Anna says:

    Awesome, dudette. I painted "Amtrak" stripes on my son's wall years ago and they bled like crazy. Frog tape wasn't around then. Now he wants either the Amtrak logo over his bed or a huge "24" for the nascar guy. I'm voting for Amtrak.

    Oh, the other way to do this is to find someone who has a "powerpoint" project, cook them a nice supper, and ask to borrow that. (I'm such a dork, I own one… gotta bore folks to death with my slides ya know.)

  2. Grabbing My Happy says:

    That is so stinkin' COOL. Seriously. Mad skillz, woman!

  3. Funky Kim says:

    I should just invite you over.

  4. Colette says:

    That looks really great!

  5. Jen Paris says:

    Hey Char…I haven't been on your blog for a bit…I've been missing out!! I LOOOVE this Jazz mural. So, so great! It looks amazing. And the pendant light over your sink is such a great idea. We actually do use our weird placed light over our sink all the time so the pendant would be so fun. I must confess that I bought all the stuff for the Be Mine Valentine banner and it's still all in a bag. ;) Hope you're doing great!

  6. this turned out GREAT! now if my kids would pick ONE thing they would like their room done in. :)

  7. I want to see the rest of the room! We just redid Miles's room and it is a sports theme.

  8. nope, but it looks awesome.

  9. Twins Squared says:

    That looks really awesome! I however, will not be attempting this. :)

  10. Kristine Robinson says:

    I am so impressed with yourself! Do you make house calls to St. George? (Where I am ruining everyone's lives!!)

  11. Kassi @ Truly Lovely says:

    That looks so cool! Great for a boys room or the man cave! haha!

  12. Jennifer V. says:

    Question: Is your wall textured? I tried the blue stuff and the frog tape and both bled. But I think it was because my wall was textured.

  13. Char @ Crap I've Made says:

    Jennifer,

    My wall is NOT textured. I'm guessing that would make things much more difficult.

  14. ellie g says:

    Love this. Still loving this. Like, crazy love. It just needs some of my retro Jazz gear. I'm wondering if I have it somewhere around here. Like my autographed Mike Brown poster. Or my rag rabbit wearing a Jazz cheerleading uni. Or my basketball card collection. Not kidding. I was nuts!

  15. Meghan, Carson and the Kiddos says:

    I'm doing my boys room in all Utah Jazz stuff, so I must know what paint colors you used because I'm totally going to do this!!!!!

  16. Lyndee @ A Recovering Craft Hoarder says:

    I read part 2 and couldn't believe how "artistic" you were so I read part 1 (cause the title says you don't have to be artistic). WHAT A COOL TOOL!!! I totally want one now. And you are artistic—I saw your Halloween costumes.

  17. Lyndee @ A Recovering Craft Hoarder says:

    I read part 2 and couldn't believe how "artistic" you were so I read part 1 (cause the title says you don't have to be artistic). WHAT A COOL TOOL!!! I totally want one now. And you are artistic—I saw your Halloween costumes.

  18. Jessica from Daisydotdesign.blogspot.com says:

    I love how it turned out! way to be patient and wait for all those colors to dry!!

  19. Beverly @ FlamingoToes.com says:

    This is such a great tutorial! I love the technique and I haven't heard of frog tape, I'm going to have to try that! Thanks!

  20. The Yellow Cape Cod says:

    This is awesome. Very cool.

  21. Carolyn Windley says:

    I have a permanent indention from a ceiling fan so thanks for sharing that safety tip. Ok not really but I probably should as many times as I have forgot about a fan. LOL!!!

  22. It looks fabulous Char!!!

  23. Kristen @ ladybug-blessings.com says:

    wow, that looks awesome!! It looks super exact! If you have a chance come link up to Handmade Tuesdays @ Ladybug Blessings.. http://www.ladybug-blessings.com

  24. Char @ Crap I've Made says:

    Meghan,

    I'll look up the paint names and post them shortly! I just took a kid in a Jazz jersey with me to Lowe's and held up swatches until I had a good match on everything but the yellow. The yellow as a little (OK, a lot) too orange and so I picked one that was close but less offensive.

  25. theferrisoneofall says:

    Char,
    I think if we knew each other we would totally be buds! You are always doing things I love! (however, you would be the crafty one in the relationship) lol. I would always just be copying you! :) Thanks for all your ideas and fun posts!
    Amy

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