DIY Home decor

How to Paint a Mini Wall Mural

Hello Friends,

Welcome to the One Room Challenge Week 3.

And how to paint a mini wall mural.

How to Paint a Mini Wall Mural

True confession. When I started playing around with the paint and tape for this mini wall mural, I never thought I’d use it for a Fall ORC weekly post. I was just trying to quickly fix an awkward spot where artwork had failed.

After all, this room was part of the Spring ORC and I now had my eyes set on finishing the media room. Yes, these two rooms are adjacent, but still.

An awkward space gets a mini wall mural | #miniwallmural #orc #oneroomchallenge #bhgorc |

Then one day, on a whim, I posted this photo to Instagram.

Inspiration plus paint equals mini wall mural | Tutorial explains how | #miniwallmural #orc #oneroomchallenge #bhgorc |

And the response was overwhelming. So….it got me thinking….well what the hey.

Is this not a DIY blog that lives to inspire people to find resolutions to their decorating problems?

Why yes. Yes, it is.

And is this not inspiration to resolve a decorating problem?

Why yes. yes, it is.

So like I said…. what the hey.

Here goes.

Artwork Issues

When we last saw this room, the gray and black wall was swallowed by an oversized piece of artwork that did nothing to elevate the space.

And after weeks and weeks and weeks of looking for something else…..I was done.

Pieces were either too small, too large, too this, or too that.

But none of them would take the room where it needed to go.

BEFORE: Wrong art and no "right" art in sight | Time to get creative | #miniwallmural #orc #oneroomchallenge #bhgorc |

Inspiration Number One

Then came Racheal.

If you saw yesterday’s post, you met fellow ORCer Racheal (and her blog) and were introduced to her uber amazing mural skills. Trust me, it never occurred to me that I could create something on her level, but I was absolutely inspired to try something simple.

After all, it’s only paint. What did I have to lose?

Create a mini wall mural | It's only paint | What've you got to lose? | #miniwallmural #orc #oneroomchallenge #bhgorc |

Getting Started

So imagine, if you will, the expansion of the black paint up the left side of the wall and the addition of a circle.

I knew I wanted more black paint and more movement in the room. So I painted the left side of the wall black and held up one of the orange pillows against the wall to eyeball the size of the circle.

Then I cut an 18-inch round template and stuck it to the wall to confirm the size and location.

To paint the circle, I traced the circle size onto the wall using a #2 pencil. Then used an artist brush to paint in the edges and a regular paint brush to fill in the circle.

I wish…..oh how I wish….I had snapped some photos, but alas….I did not.

So I’ll do my best to describe the process. But, if you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch.

Well placed lighting and shiny paint will help make a mini wall mural pop | #miniwallmural #orc #oneroomchallenge #bhgorc |

Inspiration Number Two

At this point, I was kinda stuck. I knew that with the black paint expansion and the black circle, I was finally on the right track…..but still kinda stuck, too.

Then low and behold, this photo floated by on Instagram.


I was like……..WHAAAAAAAT?

Inspiration and source | #miniwallmural #orc #oneroomchallenge #bhgorc |


So I closed my computer and got back to work. I wanted my own unique version of this photo based on the inspiration, but not THIS photo exactly.

Adding the Lines

Soon…. lines began to appear.

By randomly taping and painting, lines began to appear.

Tape plus paint equals unique artwork | #miniwallmural #orc #oneroomchallenge #bhgorc |

I just kept eyeballing the piece on the wall. More white here. More black there.

It took several days because I had to wait for the paint to dry and cure…at least a little. 

Tips for clean, crisp paint lines are on the blog | #miniwallmural #orc #oneroomchallenge #bhgorc |

I was working with black paint and white paint, but both are semi-gloss. And this paint takes longer to dry between painting sessions. But it also means that the paint will bounce more light, making the piece more fluid.

Tips for creating and painting a mini wall mural are on the blog | #miniwallmural #orc #oneroomchallenge #bhgorc |

So after a few days of taping and painting, the mini-mural that I was seeing in my mind was finally on the wall.

Custom size and custom color is easy when creating a mini wall mural | #miniwallmural #orc #oneroomchallenge #bhgorc |

And just like that, the big artwork problem in this room was solved.

Custom artwork can be expensive | Create your own mini wall mural using paint and tape | #miniwallmural #orc #oneroomchallenge #bhgorc |

A full room reveal will be included in the Week 6 ORC reveal of the media room.

In the meantime, to save this post for later, please PIN the image below.

Design and paint a mini wall mural with these tips and tricks | #miniwallmural #orc #oneroomchallenge #bhgorc |

Learn to paint crisp, clean lines with tips from this post.

Crisp, clean paint lines are my speciality | The tips and tricks are on the blog | #wallartaccent #miniwallmural #orc #oneroomchallenge #bhgorc |

One Room Challenge Previous Posts

Week 1 – Media Room Makeover Plan

Week 2 – How to Buy and Install a Staircase Runner

Week 3 – You are here

Weeks 4 – 5 and 6 – Coming

Our Hosts

And as always, we extend a special thanks to our gracious hosts, Linda at Calling It Home , One Room Challenge and Better Homes and Gardens. And invite you to enjoy over 200 more room renovations,  click One Room Challenge. #oneroomchallenge #ORC #betterhomesandgardens #bhgorc

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  • Reply Justyne DeWilde October 16, 2019 at 10:21 pm

    This is absolutely amazing! So talented.

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 16, 2019 at 10:28 pm

      Thanks a million, Justyne!

  • Reply JENRON DESIGNS October 16, 2019 at 11:22 pm

    I am still in love with this wall mural everytime I see it. Such an amazing transformation.

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 17, 2019 at 7:27 am

      Thanks so much, Jen!

  • Reply Vicki and Jenn 2 Bees in a Pod October 17, 2019 at 7:43 am

    Your mural is so impressive! So much thought and creativity! Your leap of faith paid off big time. Love it!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 17, 2019 at 8:12 am

      Thanks so much, Vicki and Jenn! You’re so sweet. XO

  • Reply Joannie October 17, 2019 at 9:59 am

    Susie!!! This is AMAZING! This room is going to be incredible!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 17, 2019 at 11:48 am

      Thanks Joannie!! I have my fingers crossed that it comes together.

  • Reply Shelly@ConfettiStyle October 17, 2019 at 11:28 am

    Wow Susie. Your wall mural is amazing and has created such a great focal point for the room.

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 17, 2019 at 11:49 am

      Hi Shelly and thanks a million. It’s not at all what I thought I’d end up with, but here we are. Funny how things sometimes work out.

  • Reply Angela k Nickerson October 17, 2019 at 12:50 pm

    This is a striking mural! Love it!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 17, 2019 at 3:51 pm

      Thanks so much, Angela!

  • Reply Mary K Hunnicutt October 17, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    It looks amazing! It is the perfect statement wall!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 17, 2019 at 3:51 pm

      Hi Mary and thanks a million!

  • Reply jadoreledecor October 18, 2019 at 2:58 pm

    Oh wow! You are really rocking this room out my friend! It looks amazing.

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 19, 2019 at 8:42 am

      Thanks Ola… This artwork is fun and so different from my stiff upstairs decor. LOL..

  • Reply Libbie Burling October 18, 2019 at 3:45 pm

    Susie!!! That mural is perfection! Such a beautiful addition to the space.

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 19, 2019 at 8:44 am

      Thanks a million, Libbie! So good to have you stop by.

  • Reply Marie October 19, 2019 at 10:39 am

    Seriously girl, you have quite an eye for design. What fun statement art! It looks amazing!!!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 23, 2019 at 6:20 pm

      Oh, Marie. Thanks so much. You’re such a sweet friend.

  • Reply The Lifestyle Loft October 22, 2019 at 10:49 pm

    The moral is absolutely stunning. I have been wanting to do this to a space in my basement. I am so glad you did it and I can get some tips from you.

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 23, 2019 at 6:22 pm

      Thanks so much. Good luck with your mural.

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