Guest Bedroom

Guest Bedroom Wall Mural – Finished!

The guest bedroom wall mural is finished! I was hoping to get the trim installed so you could see the wall truly finished, but I ran out of time. I was so excited about how it turned out, though, so I didn’t want to wait to show you the finished mural. If you missed the first part of this project with the DIY details, you can check out yesterday’s post here:

So take a look at how it turned out!

floral line drawing wall mural - finished 1

I love it! I’m so glad that my original mural ideas didn’t work out. 😀

floral line drawing wall mural - finished 3

Can you see the gold peeking out from behind the white? It’s a really beautiful effect, and a brilliant idea that my mom had to do the white over the gold.

floral line drawing wall mural - finished 5

So the funny thing is that I had the wall color matched to the blue velvet fabric that I wanted to use for the headboard. But now that the wall is done, I actually don’t like the velvet fabric with the wall. 😀

floral line drawing wall mural - finished 4

It’s not a big deal. I have plenty of other fabric that I can use. And I do have some other fabric that I think would work much better with this wall design.

floral line drawing wall mural - finished 1

For those of you who asked, this is the formula for the wall color…

wall color formual

If you decide to do this project, here are a few tips I can pass along:

  1. Choose a design that is very simple. In other words, make sure the image doesn’t have a lot of colors, shading, depth, etc. To search for patterns that might work, try terms like “line drawing” so that the search results would be very simple drawings. You could do “line drawing animals” or “line drawing flowers” or any other kind of line drawings.
  2. You can create your own seamless repeatable pattern in the same way I showed you how to create a seamless pattern for wallpaper. You can see that post here.
  3. I’ve now done two different line drawing wall murals. On the first one (the birds and butterflies mural on the entryway wall), I used regular Sharpie markers and another type of permament Sharpie-type marker, which are alcohol inks. They were very frustrating to use. I don’t know if it was the vertical surface or the latex paint (or both) that made it difficult, but it was a real pain. The markers I used on this wall were labeled “acrylic” (for the gold) and “water-based” (for the white). They were so incredibly easy to use.
  4. Don’t aim for perfection. Trying to make perfect lines with extra fat markers will make you crazy. And I personally think that imperfection adds to the charm. (When have you ever heard me say that?! 😀 )

Give it a try! It’s really not difficult, and the whole wall went much faster than I had expected. And what a big payoff! Wallpaper to cover that wall was going to cost me about $400-$600. This design cost me around $60 for a gallon of paint and four markers. Not too bad, right?!



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47 Comments

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    Gwen
    July 14, 2020 at 10:24 am

    Absolutely gorgeous!

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    Kristen
    July 14, 2020 at 10:26 am

    That is absolutely stunning! But now I hate that it has to be partly covered with furniture. Lol

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      Karla
      July 14, 2020 at 4:21 pm

      Just thinking the same thing! It’s so pretty that I‘d just want to sit on throw pillows and stare at it!!!

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    Donna williams
    July 14, 2020 at 10:27 am

    This is beautiful. I’m so in awe of your talents!!

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    BP
    July 14, 2020 at 10:28 am

    This is so beautiful and I love how vividly the design pops off the wall. Bravo!

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    BeckyJ
    July 14, 2020 at 10:36 am

    That is spectacular! Almost a shame to cover any of it up with a headboard.

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    Dayle Stofferahn
    July 14, 2020 at 10:38 am

    Can you post a pic of the markers you used? Or the brand and color. Thanks! I absolutely LOVE this!!!!

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      Pamela Myers
      July 14, 2020 at 11:16 am

      Check out yesterday’s post ( link at top of this post). She has pictures and colors listed there.

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    Rachel
    July 14, 2020 at 10:39 am

    This looks AWESOME! Well done!

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    Mercedes McFerrin
    July 14, 2020 at 10:43 am

    fantabulous!!!

    Do those pens smell dreadful?
    Would you recommend doing a stencil with them?

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    JoAnne
    July 14, 2020 at 11:11 am

    Really Beautiful!

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      Maureen S. Donahue
      July 17, 2020 at 2:41 pm

      Gorgeous. You are so talented. I love your style.
      You should know that I only received 2 blog posts since May-ish, and only saw I had missed about 6 while scrolling around. Are you having email problems? I have been a subscriber for years, but yes, I checked Spam.

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        Tina
        July 17, 2020 at 5:05 pm

        Same here with the missing emails..as well as all of the love of course!!

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        Kristi
        July 17, 2020 at 5:06 pm

        Yes, I’ve been having problems with my email service. 🙁 I may have gotten the bug worked out today, but I’ll keep a close eye on it next week to be sure.

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    Linda
    July 14, 2020 at 11:27 am

    Kristi, that is ABSOLUTELY STUNNING! I have followed you regularly for about 5 – 6 years and love so many of your projects but I think this is definitely in the Top 5 – maybe even Top 1 or 2! So chic looking!

    Kudos!!

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    Shannon Sorenson
    July 14, 2020 at 11:44 am

    I just love how classy and whimsical this is at the same time. It turned out fabulous!

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    Chelle Ellis
    July 14, 2020 at 12:09 pm

    Super gorgeous! This is my favorite wall you have done, ever, and that’s a mouthful because I love all your walls.

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    Doris
    July 14, 2020 at 12:18 pm

    Love your creativity on the wall!!! Have you thought of drawing/painting on the velvet fabric with the same design either the same size or smaller? Just a thought. You never fail to amaze us!!!

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    janice J dinse
    July 14, 2020 at 12:58 pm

    Looks so much better with the two colors instead of just one. Great job.

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    LISA BALL
    July 14, 2020 at 12:59 pm

    Kristi,
    This is Fantastic!!!!!!! If I did not know you had hand done this I would swear it was wallpaper, which simply makes it that much more impressive and so, so special!!! You are so talented and creative and I really appreciate the time you take to blog all of your work for the world to see!!

    On a side note, even though the mural didn’t work out, I thought your pale pink mountains were really stunning! Maybe give some thought to replicating it on a canvas?

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    Carmen Erickson
    July 14, 2020 at 1:05 pm

    Stunningly beautiful art coming from original disappointment. A great life lesson (and beautiful wall) at a lower cost as well!

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    Marilyn Canaday
    July 14, 2020 at 1:11 pm

    So beautiful!

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    Tenney
    July 14, 2020 at 1:19 pm

    So lovely and dynamic! I can’t wait to see the finished room. Also love the closets with the sliding doors. I envy your guests! Have a great week, and stay well!

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    Peggy
    July 14, 2020 at 1:33 pm

    Looks great, Kristi! I know you’re glad to be making some good progress!

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    Chris Coxon
    July 14, 2020 at 2:05 pm

    Just beautiful!

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    Marianne in Mo.
    July 14, 2020 at 2:53 pm

    Stunning. I love the wall color, even though I used to be against blues. I think it was because my mother was a blue fan, and her walls and wardrobe screamed blue! It was too much for me! Ha! Nowadays I love it. And I loved just the gold, but the white enhanced and toned down what would have been one dimensional. I hope you don’t change your mind on this one, because it’s beautiful.

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    Judy
    July 14, 2020 at 2:55 pm

    Stunning! Love, love, love it!

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    Hilary
    July 14, 2020 at 3:18 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous!!

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    PRATHIBHA NARAHARI
    July 14, 2020 at 3:42 pm

    Your designs are inspiring. I can’t wait till the headboard is finished and put there. I personally hope you decide on a golden frame bed or a wood frame so the design blends and doesn’t cover up the wall…but in the end I know you would create something so awesome that all I can do is drop my jaw and nod my head!

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    Julie S
    July 14, 2020 at 4:15 pm

    I gasped when I saw the beginning of this in yesterday’s post, and the final result is staggeringly beautiful! It blows that ombre mural idea out of the water. I’m pinning this for maybe my girls’ room (to do over an existing dark accent wall) when I’m ready for round 2 of their room refresh. PS Our aesthetic taste doesn’t often align but our budget, DIY mentality does…. so happy I get both in this wall treatment 🙂

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    Michele
    July 14, 2020 at 7:21 pm

    That is absolutely gorgeous and you did a wonderful job!!

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    Teresa
    July 15, 2020 at 7:11 am

    That is stunning and soooo sophisticated! Good job!

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      Katie
      July 17, 2020 at 3:10 pm

      I would love to do a wallpaper look line drawing in my powder room, but it’s way too small for a projector in there. Do you have any ideas for creating a similar look without the projector?

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      Katie
      July 17, 2020 at 3:12 pm

      Sorry Teresa, I thought I was positing a new comment. My fingers frequently hit the “reply to this comment” while scrolling.

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    Sue Rood
    July 15, 2020 at 7:43 am

    It looks stunning! I love it and think it’ll make a great art wall for the room. Definately one my favorite projects you’ve ever done.

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    barb
    July 15, 2020 at 10:03 am

    Gobsmacked. Truly magnificent.

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    adele
    July 15, 2020 at 10:33 am

    I know it is out of your color wheelhouse, but a gold(en yellow) velvet headboard would be stunning against that mural.

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    Ellen Shook
    July 15, 2020 at 11:16 am

    Fabulous work, as always. I love this. I was wondering if anyone else has had a problem getting your blog in email. I kept wondering why I was not seeing it, but I did occasionally see you in IG. I thought maybe you just were not blogging. But then I saw a post about this being done, and went over to your blog directly where I discovered I had not seen anything for over a month. Do I need to resubscribe?

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    Julie
    July 16, 2020 at 8:14 am

    Wow! Kristi this looks amazing! I’m going to give it a try. Thanks so much for all of your inspiration. I love how you show up the trial and error process of coming to the final perfection!!!

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      Katie
      July 17, 2020 at 3:13 pm

      I would love to do a wallpaper look line drawing in my powder room, but it’s way too small for a projector in there. Do you have any ideas for creating a similar look without the projector?

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        Kristi
        July 17, 2020 at 4:35 pm

        Yes! It might take a little more time, but have you ever done a grid drawing? It makes drawing and enlarging images pretty simple. You would need to use something to make the grid on the wall that can be easily wiped off. Perhaps chalk? Anyway, here’s a video that explains the grid method: https://youtu.be/piMi2J-iXis

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    designdreamer
    July 16, 2020 at 4:45 pm

    WOW! Looks great! Can’t wait for the final reveal!

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    Judy
    July 17, 2020 at 5:13 pm

    I love the wall!
    This was the first message I received this month and when I figured out that I had missed many went back to read them all. So in addition to your finished wall, I also love the yellow bed and the purple chairs. Can’t wait to see the next update.

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    Becky
    July 23, 2020 at 9:59 pm

    Wow….this is great! At first glance I thought this was wallpaper, but then I went and looked at your part 1 and can’t believe you did this by hand. Your very talented and have a very creative mind. Great Job!

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    Dawn L
    July 31, 2020 at 10:48 am

    This is as gorgeous as the “birds and butterflies” one. I miss that one so much!

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    MissElaineous
    August 1, 2020 at 10:34 am

    WOWZA!!!! I love love love it!! Thanks for giving me another gem to add to my DIY Home Decorating binder! You are AWESOME!

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