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Adding Painted Murals to Your Home's Decor

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Adding Painted Murals to Your Home's Decor, Laundry Room Mural
If you have a large blank wall in your home, you might have a perfect place for a mural. Instead of a plain solid color, paint a mural and make the wall into art. This is a guide about adding painted murals to your home's decor.
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By 74 found this helpful
February 9, 2011

Over the years I have come to accept my flaws. I now call wrinkles my "smile grooves" and as far as body flaws, well, I have decided that God does have a sense of humor! But after looking at my garage walls for years, I knew it finally needed some form of cosmetic surgery.
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My laundry room is located in the garage and we all know how often we have to do laundry. The structure itself was intact but what the eyes could see was just plain UGH-H-H! I couldn't afford to hire anyone. The house was built in 1970 with my husband's parents owning it for years before us. Needless to say, it had many years to acquire it's share of bumps, dings, scrapes, and just plain ol' ugly marks.

The paint, once white (I think), was now an atrocious gray. The entire garage is made of cinder blocks which are as substantial as my husband's stubbornness and both way-y-y too expensive to replace. My husband I can accept, it's just part of his endearing personality, but the garage wall HAD to go!

One day, as I was doing some wash with my eyes closed (I got good at that over the years), an idea hit me. If I can't fix the boo-boo's, I can try to hide them. We had several partial gallons of paint left over from other projects. After taking an inventory, I found that I had enough tan and brown to cover the blocks if I was thrifty about it. Hesitating no longer, I set off to perform surgery on the UGH-H-H walls.

I gathered up some sponges, mixed up some paint and started sponging the walls. I did not hesitate for a moment. Why, you ask? Just two reasons. 1) I already had the paint and 2) I knew it couldn't look worse than it already did! Enough logic and motivation for me!

The only hard part was choosing where to start. I have to say, there is no better medicine for the soul, than immersing one's self into a project. I didn't bang this out in a week. I did some here and there and while the laundry was washing and drying, I painted. A transformation started. The room began to look brighter and I found myself actually enjoying being out there.

When I finished sponging the walls, all the imperfections seemed to disappear. I felt elated but yet a little sad. I was really enjoying myself and didn't want to stop. I was addicted! Well, I thought, if the walls look so much better at this point, they will look even better if I add some whimsy.

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You got it! With no hesitation again, I dove right in. My first idea was a clothesline full of clothes. I painted that on the wall close to the washer and dryer. The ideas were just pouring into my head. No wall was safe after that and I ended up painting them all, including the back of the door leading into the house. I even painted a dragonfly rug onto the cement floor in front of the washer and dryer.

The entire project was so much fun. I only regret not thinking of it sooner. So, bring me your dirty clothes! I love my garage now. It makes me smile!

When you do it with heart - it's art!

By Mary from Palm Coast, FL

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By 47 found this helpful
March 2, 2011

I am content doing laundry because I now have cheery walls to look at. I have to tell you, I never thought there would be a part two to my previous story. As I wash the paint off my brushes once again, I wanted to share my adventure.

Our neighbors, who live directly across from us, came to visit. I didn't know that along with the coffee cake they brought, they had also baked a hidden agenda. By living close, we both leave our garage doors open and visit each other. They have seen me often working on one project or another, and were over many times during my "wall surgery" and loved the outcome. They are dear fans of mine (bless their hearts) and always seem to have encouraging words and kind compliments.

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On this particular visit, while drinking my coffee, they asked if I would paint a mural on their house. Now I wish I could say at this point that my "spitting up" days ended as a child, but the shock was too much and out came my coffee (I apologize again dear neighbors). It was pure shock, I admit. "You want me to do WHAT!?!", I asked as my hand shook trying to put down the cup.

"We want you to paint a mural on our house," they reconfirmed.

"Yep," I thought, "I heard right." It took them 3 days to talk me into this. Although I love creating with my hands, the results usually remain in my own house. I never hesitate to put paint on my own walls, but a house? And the OUTSIDE of a house, at that! And the outside of SOMEONE ELSE'S house, at that!

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After 3 days of assuring me that they had all the confidence in the world in my talent (their words and bless their hearts again) and that they had "extra" exterior paint (I had to know I could cover up if I goofed!), I gathered up my supplies (and courage). I really wish you could have seen me that first day. Although the space between our houses was a stone's throw, to me it felt more like I was walking "the green mile!" I just couldn't believe I had agreed to do this. "What was I thinking?", I asked myself over and over.

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I dug down deep and found that GO FOR IT button and wanted to share the results. The motto of this story is that it's good to go outside your "comfort zone." Even if your hands shake and you have wobbly knees, GO FOR IT!

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So, for all the women out there, the next time your husband or significant other complains about having to paint the house, smile and say, "Honey, I'll do it for you!" Grab some brushes and do your thing! We are woman. We are strong. In numbers too big to ignore!

P.S. They loved the mural and asked me to do shutters. They attached real hinges to them. Aw-w-w - love thy neighbors!

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By Mary from Palm Coast, FL

Editor's Note: Here is Mary's first essay about painting her laundry room walls.

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April 1, 201113 found this helpful

After some irregular heart beats, shaky knees, and many brush strokes, a new and stronger me has emerged. I can see clearly now and a path has been paved. My Frugal LifeI had taken a small snowball and placed it on a big ol' hill and before I knew it, that snowball began to roll. I look back in amazement at how that little ball picked up speed and started to grow. I never would have thought that an idea in a laundry room could result in meeting my neighbors in a whole new way. It's like that teeny, tiny secret when you were in grade school. The one that only "you" knew but somehow, someway, someone else eventually found out? I guess for me, that "someone" was my mural neighbors. I believe it went something like this.

One day while taking his morning walk, Mr. Tibbons strolled by the mural house and Mrs. Mural just happened to be working in her flower garden. Mr. Tibbons bid Mrs. Mural a good morning and the conversation was officially started. "My, my", Mr. Tibbons exclaimed. "What a beautiful (thank you Mr. Tibbons) mural, but that wasn't there the last time I came this way." Ten minutes later, Mrs. Mural had filled in Mr. Tibbons with the "mural scoop".

Upon arriving home, Mr. Tibbons told Mrs. Tibbons all about the mural and when Mrs. Tibbons went out for her stroll that evening with her neighbor, they chose the route that would take them by the mural house. So, we can now compare this to that little secret we had in school. By talking to Mr. Tibbons for only a short time, Mrs. Mural lit up the neighborhood hot line.

The next day, there was a knock on my door and I was about to meet my neighbors. There stood Mr. and Mrs. Tibbons, coffee cake in hand (I can't help but wonder if Mrs. Mural suggested they bake one) and I just knew in my heart that my paintbrush would be calling me. Over coffee and cake (it really was delicious Mrs. Tibbons), I got to know my neighbors some. I learned that they were soon to celebrate their 52nd wedding anniversary and owned this home for over 30 years. They live on social security and a pension and learned how to be thrifty. They told me that they had stared at the same walls and floors for so many years but just couldn't afford to change any of it. They just wanted a brighter look and needless to say, this gal understood perfectly!

Mr. Tibbons request: He hated how the plain cement floors on both his porches looked and said they depressed him. "Any ideas?", he asked. CHECK!

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Mrs. Tibbons loves her herb garden and wondered if I could somehow do something above her plate rail on the wall. "Any ideas?", she asked. CHECK!

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As I clean my brushes, once again, another new chapter is written in my journal that I thought I'd share with you and I'm happy to report that my knees no longer shake! Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Tibbons. Stop by for coffee anytime!

Note: My tip from my own learning process. Paint is by far, one of the best band-aids. As far as changing a look and coverage, it is rather inexpensive. Hiring a professional can be very costly and many of us live on a budget, requiring us to be thrifty with any expenses. Some choices we make are rather permanent and there isn't much room for error. But paint is very forgiving and allows one to "recover" a boo-boo that one might make when trying to cover the original boo-boo. So don't hesitate. Grab a brush and just do it!

Remember - you can always paint over it if you don't like it!

By Mary from Palm Coast, FL

Editor's Note: Here is Mary's first essay about painting her laundry room walls:

And about the first set of neighbors to come calling:

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September 27, 2011

This is the first mural I painted, on my bedroom in my old apartment. Sometimes I have trouble sleeping; so when I can't sleep, I paint. On my bedroom wall I decided to paint the ocean. It had fish jumping in the water, the sand was even textured.

Beach Scene Mural

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July 12, 2006

This is a mural I painted on my garage door. I used just patio paints, freehand. The flowers are painted in Donna Dewberries "one stroke" technique.

Flowers painted on a garage door.

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November 7, 20050 found this helpful

I put this mural in my kitchen and it absolutely changed the entire look! My mural is Tatouage which is a rub on type transfer which when completed, looks and feels just like a painted mural. This for only $60!

Photo of a kitchen mural.

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May 25, 20070 found this helpful

Run out of ideas to decorate your child's room? Here's my tip. Find out what is their favorite show or book and paint a mural on the wall in their room. Super easy.

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February 9, 20120 found this helpful

What kind of paint is best for painting a mural on a brick wall?

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February 9, 20120 found this helpful

Instead of using artist's paint, (would be very expencive) I would use a water based exterior flat paint. I have only painted murals inside and never on brick before but being that I have worked a paint department for thirty five years, I feel that would be the best paint to use on a masonry surface.

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February 10, 20120 found this helpful

Any paint labelled as satisfactory for use on masonry or cement should work on brick. Make sure you use a good quality primer also labelled for use on masonry because the material is usually porous even if it's been exposed to weather. Not always, but why take the chance of your mural not looking right because of uneven paint absorption?

Read the labels and follow the directions to ensure your finished project is everything you want it to be-use the right paint for the conditions the mural will be under after the painting is done. There is a primer and paint for interior OR exterior masonry and using the wrong ones will ruin your project.

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