As part of the update to Baby Girl’s bedroom I needed to modify her tree mural so it was a home for birds and squirrels, not fairies. (See the original mural here.) I’ll admit I never loved the Pixie Hollow tree so I was pretty excited about the chance to do something more modern and contemporary with it. Something urban birds and squirrels would live in. Here are the changes, step by step.
Then we decided we wanted to reshape the middle branches so we painted on the new color, making our branch shapes as we went, and primed the “old parts” that were still showing. If you look at the bottom of this picture you can tell we made some changes to the trunk too. It went on a little tree diet.
The next step was painting the blue wall color over the primed patches. I don’t have a picture of that stage because I was too busy spilling the bucket of blue paint all over the carpet.
If you decide to try this project I would recommend skipping that part.
A couple vodka-tonics and a good night’s sleep later, it was finally time for the fun part – painting the wood grain/tree rings.
I wish I could give you more direction for drawing these lines. It was mostly just trial and error but here are a few pointers.
- I used an IKEA duvet cover for inspiration and tried to mimic their pattern in the beginning.
- I sketched all my lines with chalk before I put anything permanent on the wall.
- The longer I worked, the more natural it seemed.
- I used a medium-point Elmer’s metallic gold paint pen
When I painted the original mural I added another set of branches on the wall next to the window. So of course I had to modernize those too.
And because I’m a creative glutton (and Baby Girl asked with her sweet little puppy dog eyes), I added a branch to the closet doors too.
Here’s how the two smaller sets of branches look together.
I’m really happy with how it all turned out. The metallic paint makes it sparkle when the sun streams through the window. And every little girl’s room can use a little sparkle.
Have you ever updated one of your own DIY projects? Did you like the old or new version better?