DIY Retro Wall Mural

Small Effort - Big Impact

A section of wall with little to no function can be decorated with art, provide back-drop for a large plant or you can highlight the wall space with a mural to bring colour into the space.

I had the perfect wall space in our laundry room, a sliver of white wall that wrapped around a window before disappearing behind a cabinet. A space which did not fully accommodate art on canvas but as the main focal point when you stepped into the room, something had to be done. 


Herringbone tape design

Your mural should reflect you and what you want to bring into your home.  It can be geometric shapes, rainbow, scallop edging,  herringbone lines, or even a free hand painted mural of flowers.

As a lover of lines, I have done a herringbone design in a previous house and  recently simple lines with a retro 70’s feel in my current laundry room.

Key Steps for Line Design Murals

Once you have decided what your design will be, it is important to lay out your design, measure and check if everything is level.  I make sue of tape to bring the affect of the pattern onto the wall and ensure I am happy with how it will look.  Success is measuring twice and cutting once…. or painting in this case. You want to avoid any crooked lines or angles which will drive you mad each time you see it. 

Quality tape will be important for achieving a professional finish. I made use of frog tape for this project to ensure crisp lines and as always sealed the tape edge with paint.  In this case I used the white wall paint, so any potential bleed through blended into the original white paint of the wall.

The curve to the design was feasible with the string and pencil method.  If unfamiliar with this method; check it out here.

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Sealing the tape
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Applying First Colour

Once the paint used to seal the tape is fully dried, you can start to add your colours.  For smaller sections, edges close to baseboards or ceiling and curves I use a paint brush,  With larger sections you can make use of a roller and blend in with your edge work, where applicable. Using a roller will save time and minimize any brush strokes. 

Depending on the type of paint you are using, you will most likely need to do several coats of colour in order to ensure full coverage.  I made use of Fusion Mineral Paint for this project and found on a white wall, 2 coats was sufficient. 

Tape removal should occur when the paint is nearly dry but not completely.  I find that by removing the tape before the paint is fully dry, it helps to avoid any chipping of paint around the edging. 

Should you still experience chipping or discover that there was bleed through; by using a very small brush you can complete any necessary clean-up.  

The greatest obstacle with painting a wall mural will be yourself.  I experienced self-doubt prior.  “Will it turn out,” “will it look unprofessional,” “are the colour’s I picked good enough”.  It caused me to delay my first mural for years.

Furthermore, the work required seemed huge!  In reality it wasn’t. I completed each mural in an afternoon of work. I’ve received nothing but compliments for each mural over the years and they remain some of my favourite features of the house.  Remind yourself, it’s simply a wall.  It can be painted over, and most likely will not remain this colour/mural or wallpaper forever.  So free the reigns to experiment. 

Check out my Reel on the making of the 70’s inspired wall mural here.

Equipment Used:

Frog Tape – Available in most hardware stores and here *.

My favourite curved tape is also available here * through amazon or via modelling stores. 

Paint Brushes; standard wall paint brushes from Gamma.

Paint – Fusion Mineral Paint in shades of Bayberry, Ash and Raw Silk.

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Sealing the tape
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