How to paint a rainbow muralMurals are #sohotrightnow, and while they’re not exactly my style, I wanted to at least try one. I figured the back of the door in June’s nursery was the perfect place. Not because it will be hidden, but because when her door is closed she can enjoy it. The process is quite simple and only requires a few items.
What do you need to paint a rainbow mural?If you’re going for a more structured rainbow (as opposed to something done free-hand) you’ll need painter’s tape, a measuring tape, and a pencil. You’ll also need paint! Because I was only planning on doing the back of the door, I didn’t get anything bigger than the sample sizes. At your local BEHR distributor, you can have sample sizes tinted to try a swatch at home. I use them all the time when figuring out what colour I want to use, and when I’m doing a smaller scale project like this.
Check out my post about How to Use The Color ReaderI used these shades, as matched using my Color Reader: Bubble Shell S160-3, Terra Cotta Clay M200-5, Sweet and Sour P320-7, Mild Evergreen MQ6-37, Aqua Fresco M460-5, Queen’s Violet s110-3. I had samples in the Marquee eggshell tinted for this.
Taping the rainbow stripesI used painter’s tape here, to create 6 identical vertical stripes on the door. I wanted a 1″ gap between shades, so this worked-out perfectly with the taping. I find it easier to tape long vertical pieces in bits, especially when I’m trying to keep a straight line. If you can, overlap them so that when it comes time to peel them off, it all comes in one piece.
Painting rainbow stripesOnce your stripes are straight and to your liking, start painting! instead of using one brush for each colour, I just kept washing the one I had. If the stripes were wider I would have used a roller. I had to paint several coats to get complete coverage with a few of the colours, but that’s what happens when you use a brush instead of a roller.
Check out my guide to painting interiorsOnce my coats were dry, I peeled off the painters tape, and voila!
Rainbow DoorIt adds so much colour to the space – not that the space was lacking. Between the painted rainbow nursery door, the refreshed dresser, and the freshly painted built-ins, we’re entering the home stretch for the makeover. Just a few more things to do!
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