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My Kitchen Wall Mural…Finished!!

I finished my kitchen wall mural! I have to be honest…I’m a little surprised that I actually got it finished. I was so tired on Saturday evening after a long work week (I’m still getting used to all of this physically demanding work), but I was determined to be able to check something off of my “to do” list this weekend, and I was feeling pretty motivated to do something with my kitchen wall after looking at this for the past month.

So using this photo from Istockphoto as inspiration…

and a little bit of leftover paint, I transformed my kitchen wall into this…



Now, of course, I’ll be hanging a chalkboard right here…


…that will look something like this when it’s finished…


I ended up drawing everything freehand…well, everything except those little birds.


I just couldn’t get those right, so used Paint Shop Pro to enlarge the birds on the inspiration picture, printed them out, and traced them onto the wall. But with everything else, I just winged it.

It wasn’t as easy as I thought it was going to be, and it took a couple of tries before I got it right. My first two attempts at drawing a tree were a little too “perfect”, and I learned quickly that trees are far from perfect. They’re not curvy and precious. They’re bumpy and bent. They’re not smooth and rounded. They’re jagged, with lots of “elbows”. It took me a while to get it, but I finally did (I think).


The best thing about this project? It was FREE! The brown paint was left over from when I painted my concrete floors, and the other colors were left over from my hand-painted family name sign. Absolutely free–now THAT’S my kind of project!!

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    [email protected]
    May 31, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    Great job, Kristi!
    I worked as a professional mural artist for years, and this mural would have been some serious competition for me! looks grat in that space!

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    Chris
    May 31, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    Hi Kristi!

    Your project turned out beautifully! Just the right touch in the right spot.

    Wonderful!

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    Azra Momin
    May 31, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    A wonderful job, Kristi! Looks amazing! I've painted a couple of tree murals – did it with oil pastels and a lot of finger-rubbing – but mine were full of curves and spirals and scrolls. Love your natural look!

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    Domestic Goddess..Diva sometimes
    May 31, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    That looks so cute! You did a wonderful job!

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    Lizzy @ Lizzy Designs
    May 31, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    Wow, that is so pretty! Well done. 🙂

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    Ryan @ Home lighting
    May 31, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    Its is amazing how much that adds to the space.

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    Ruby
    May 31, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    LOVE it Kristi! You are so talented! Hey did you see I started my own blog??? Thanks for inspiring me and for all the wonderful friendship and support!

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    homesteader
    May 31, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    I love it! You did such a great job with it too!

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    Susan (Between Naps on the Porch)
    May 31, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    Kristi…this is nothing short of AWESOME! I love it! Wow…wish I had the talent to do something like this!!! You must just love it whenever you walk into the kitchen…beautiful!

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    Kim
    May 31, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!

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    Anonymous
    May 31, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    Wow great job

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    Kim @ A Creative Spirit http://onecreativespirit.blogspot.com/
    May 31, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    WOW Kristi, that is amazing…and the fact you drew that free hand makes it more so. LOVE IT…. You inspire me each and everytime I stop by.

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    Tricia
    May 31, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    Oh my gosh! I can't even tell you how wonderful I think this is! A work of art, for sure. You should be so proud of what you've created.

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    susy
    June 1, 2010 at 12:54 am

    OMGoodness, that is awesome. At first glance I thought you had used a vinyl sticker but hand painting, wow.

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    FLOWERSHOPGURL
    June 1, 2010 at 1:54 am

    Kristi, I love your mural, you did a fantastic job painting your tree and birds, love it!
    Hugz,
    Kim

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    Michelle
    June 1, 2010 at 3:14 am

    Great job & I love that you did something that made you happy. It might not be everyone's style, but you made it uniquely you!

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    Pamela
    June 1, 2010 at 5:46 am

    ADORABLE!! I just love it and to think you free handed it! I have some vinyl decals up in our half bath I am getting ready to trace around and then paint the scene on the wall. You did such a great job maybe I can just have you come and do it! Ha!

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    Ann @ makethebestofthings
    June 1, 2010 at 5:50 am

    I totally love this! I wish I had a large blank wall to try this out. You did a great job!

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    Anonymous
    June 1, 2010 at 6:22 am

    Love the Color of Your Cabinets!! Do You happen to remember what Color / Brand / Type of Paint that Was??

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    Artemide Tolomeo
    June 1, 2010 at 6:56 am

    Kristi…AWESOME! I love it!…It is an eye-catcher…

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    Scientific Housewife
    June 1, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    Wow, that is amazing!

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    Meng Leenen
    June 1, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    That is so cool. Make sure to trim it so it doesn't take over your house!

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    Josiah's Mom
    June 1, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    love it! i'm jealous!

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    María
    June 2, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    guau! me encanta!

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    Squeedlefish
    June 3, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    Absolutely charming. The scale is perfect for the area. Great job.

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    RUNA NAZNEEN
    June 3, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    Hi krishti,
    i don,t know u.but,after seeing these pictures,i become speechless.will u b my friend?

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    Patricia Torres
    June 7, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    Oh my… this is simply gorgeous.. Can I share these on my blog… Please.. please.. let me know..

    PS – You've got an awesome blog!

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    Anonymous
    June 7, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    I think it's awesome & I LOVE those painted cabinets! Great color choices!

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    Girl Next Door
    July 13, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    I want to do something very similar for my son's room. Could you tell me what kind of paint u used and any tips that would help me ?

    thanks
    ~ Krithiga

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    Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating
    July 13, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    Hi Krithiga~
    I didn't really use anything special. For the brown, I used leftover concrete paint. 🙂 For the other colors, I used sample pots of Behr paint from Home Depot. They cost about 3.99 each. For most of the painting, I actually used a tiny little round artist brush. All of the other bigger brushes I tried actually made the painting much harder. Using the tiny brush was more time-consuming, but the details turned out much better. Hope that helps!

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    shalini
    July 14, 2010 at 6:43 am

    Awesome! Looks like a professional job…..

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    Anonymous
    July 14, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    Thanks for getting back to me! I hope to do this project soon. Thanks for the tips.

    ~ Krithiga

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    Kelly @ DIY My Home
    October 15, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    Hi! I just recently discovered your site and had to leave a comment here too 🙂

    I SO love your tree! I'm a lot like you…give me an inspiring drawing/picture and I can copy it 🙂 I did a much more simple tree (inspired by a picture) on my 1 yr olds wall. Also w/ extra paint!…yay for free!
    http://diy-my-home.com/2010/09/modern-wall-art/

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    Wall Clings
    January 2, 2011 at 1:58 am

    My goodness,very amazing wall art so cool and inspirational picture..i love it…

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    Richy
    January 20, 2011 at 8:43 am

    Hi.
    That looks just great! I think I have to do something like that also.

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    Patricia Torres
    April 10, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    Oh my… this is simply gorgeous.. Can I share these on my blog… Please.. please.. let me know..

    PS – You've got an awesome blog!

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    Squeedlefish
    April 10, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    Absolutely charming. The scale is perfect for the area. Great job.

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    Josiah's Mom
    April 10, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    love it! i'm jealous!

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    Ann @ makethebestofthings
    April 10, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    I totally love this! I wish I had a large blank wall to try this out. You did a great job!

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    Lizzy @ Lizzy Designs
    April 10, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    Wow, that is so pretty! Well done. 🙂

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    Domestic Goddess..Diva sometim
    April 10, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    That looks so cute! You did a wonderful job!

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