Simple DIY Mountain Wall Mural


When designing our toddler’s first “big girl” bedroom, we knew it had to be special. We knew that if she didn’t love it from the get go, the transition to her own room and her own bed would be much more of a challenge. 

Inspired by our love of the outdoors, we decided on an outdoor-themed bedroom

Initially we were going to add birch tree wallpaper to one wall as an accent, but seeing as wallpaper can be fairly tedious (and, ahem, I get frustrated easily, ahem), we instead opted for this simple DIY mountain wall mural.

How to Paint a Simple DIY Mountain Wall Mural

Below is the list of materials we used and complete step-by-step instructions on how you too can create this simple and inexpensive DIY home project. No art skills required.  

DIY Mountain Wall Mural


Materials

  • Painter’s tape
  • Paint in four (4) colours (*colours and amounts used listed below)
  • Large roller
  • Small roller 
  • Small sponge brush
  • Paint trays
  • Damp cloth

Tips for Choosing Paint:


  • Main wall: lighter than mountains, but darker than peaks
  • Forefront mountains: darkest colour
  • Background mountains: lighter than front mountain, but darker than back wall
  • Mountain peaks (optional): lightest colour, or even pop of colour for an accent

The amount of paint you need depends on your wall size, but this is what we used for the 10’x10’ room (and similar-sized wall):

  • Main wall: 1.5 gallons used on entire room
  • Forefront mountains: 1/2 gallon
  • Background mountains: sample size
  • Mountain peaks: sample size

Note on amount: We really didn’t end up using a lot of paint for this project. Because we were painting our entire condo at the same time, we were able to pull paint from other rooms to use. For example, the colour of the peaks is our master bedroom colour and the background mountains are the same colour as our living room. The only additional paint we had to buy was the forefront mountains (1/2 gallon).

When selecting paint, we opted to use BEHR PREMIUM PLUS® Interior Eggshell Enamel paint, from The Home Depot Canada. This paint plus primer is self-priming over properly prepared uncoated and previously painted Interior surfaces. The soft, subtle sheen of the eggshell enamel resists dirt and grime, so it's perfect for all of your home's busiest rooms, including toddler destruction.

Scroll down to step 6 to see what Behr Premium Plus paint colours we used.

How to Paint a Simple DIY Mountain Wall Mural

How to Create Your Mountain Mural


Step 1: Paint the room.
First step is to paint the entire room, your colour of choice. We opted for a light grey colour so that the mountains stood out. When it comes time to reveal your mural, this colour will also act as the space between the forefront and background mountains (if you choose to leave a space). 

How to Paint a Simple DIY Mountain Wall Mural

Step 2: Tape out the forefront mountains.
Start by deciding how many mountains you would like, and whether or not they will stay on one wall or onto surrounding walls. We decided on three forefront mountains on the main wall, and then carried them onto the surrounding two walls to give the mural a bit more dimension.

Using the painter’s tape, we created the outline for the forefront mountains. You can always draw out the mountains ahead of time, or just freehand them, which is what we did. It is very important that you are using good quality painter’s tape, such as FrogTape, which will prevent paint bleed and give you cleaner lines. It will also be easier to remove the tape when the time comes. Spend a few extra dollars on the good stuff, it's worth it.

When taping the mountain outline, carry the tape all the way down to the baseboard.

When you have taped out your forefront mountains, take a step back and make sure you like them. This is the time to adjust the tape if needed. For example, at first attempt, our mountains were too symmetrical, so we adjusted the tape to change the height and width of each mountain. 

How to Paint a Simple DIY Mountain Wall Mural

Step 3: Tape out the background mountains.
After creating your forefront mountains, tape out the rear mountains. Be sure to make them different heights and widths, and vary the number between forefront mountains.

Step 4: Tape out the forefront mountain peaks.
Using smaller pieces of tape, tape out the peaks of the forefront mountains. This step is completely optional, but adds some dimension to the mural. 

Trim the tape where needed.

Step 5: Go over the tape with a damp cloth.
Using a damp cloth (and I mean damp, NOT sopping wet), go over the tape. This will help give you the most crisp lines and further prevent paint bleed. 

How to Paint a Simple DIY Mountain Wall Mural

Step 6: Paint the mountains.
Using a large roller, we first painted the forefront mountains. The background mountains were painted using a small roller and the peaks using a small sponge brush. We opted to add peaks to the forefront mountains, but left the background mountains as is.

By the time we had painted the background mountains and peaks, we were able to do a second coat on the forefront mountains. 

Colours Used

*all Behr Premium Plus Interior

  • Main wall: Behr Sterling (780E-3)
  • Forefront mountains: Behr Shark Fin (PPU24-19)
  • Background mountains: Behr Silver Mine (PPU26-18)
  • Mountain peaks: Behr Silver Polish (BL-W13)

How to Paint a Simple DIY Mountain Wall Mural


Step 7: Remove tape and do touchups.
Allow paint to partially dry, approximately 30-60 minutes. Do not let the paint dry completely, it may cause some of the paint to lift when removing the tape. Carefully remove the tape. 

If needed, go back over the edges by hand to clean up the lines.

Optional: Fill in any gaps.
We liked that there was a gap where the tape was, between the forefront and background mountains, so we left as is. However, if you don’t like the gap, you can always go back and fill it in with the background paint colour. 

How to Paint a Simple DIY Mountain Wall Mural

Project Budget


Item
Quantity
Cost
1
$11.47
1
$39.97
1
$19.97
BEHR Premium Plus Interior Eggshell Enamel - sample size
2
$9.94
Performance Select Silver Paint Kit (5-Piece incl. tray, roller, cage)
1
$11.97
1
$7.97
1
$1.08
TOTAL COST
$102.37

*based on materials listed above, with paint for entire room

** prices subject to change

How to Paint a Simple DIY Mountain Wall Mural

The Result

This was such an simple, quick and inexpensive project to tackle, and one that added a pop of character to our little gal’s first big kid bedroom. 

We couldn’t be happier with how our mountain mural turned out, and we're happy to see that Morley’s a big fan too. Little gal is sleeping as snug as a bug in the mountains every night. 

Now if only hanging the decor was as easy as this mural...

Stay tuned for the entire room reveal, coming soon!

Have you tackled a recent DIY home project? I’d love to hear about it!






Disclosure: To & Fro worked with Home Depot Canada to create this special space. Product and/or compensation was received in exchange for this post, however, all opinions are 100% that of To & Fro. This post also contains affiliate links.

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The Adventures of Moving with a Toddler


This spring and summer are ones full of transitions for of our toddler. Not only is she going through the usual “two year old phase” - finding her attitude, her likes, her dislikes and her independence, we’re throwing a whole whack of new changes at her that many other two year olds may not experience. At least, not all at once.

Tips for Moving with a Toddler

On top of getting a new brother or sister this August, earlier this month she said goodbye to her favourite teachers and first friends at daycare, moved into “Morley’s new house”, got her own bedroom and her first big girl bed and (finally) got off the bottle. She also started at a new school, with new teachers and new friends. All that’s left to add to the list is potty training (which, is a whole other story). 

Holy moly, right?!

Tips for Moving with a Toddler

So, I know you’re dying to know - how did she do?!

I tell ya, while set in their ways, toddlers are pretty damn resilient.

We've been in our new house for about two weeks now, and while she occasionally (heartbreakingly) asks to go back to “Morley’s ’notha house”, I can successfully report that she has slept in her new bed from day one, frequently talks about how much she likes her new house (and the park and dogs that she thinks came with it), weaned her own self off the bottle and jumped head first into a new group of friends and teachers. Like a champ is a safe way to describe it. 

Baby girl continues to amaze me.

Tips for Moving with a Toddler

And while I don’t want her to grow up any faster than she already has, I now believe that being able to check these transitions off the list in one giant swoop has made things much easier than anticipated. We started a totally brand new routine (for all three of us) all at once, rather than in baby steps. Like ripping off a bandaid. 

I will admit, we didn't just jump in blind. She did have some help from mom and dad along the way. There was a bit of planning and plenty of Googling “moving with a toddler” prior to. And while it worked for us (for the most part), tackling it this way may not work for others. I’m sure there are things that we could have done differently, but considering our fairly laid back parenting style (at least that’s what I like to believe), these steps worked for us.

Some steps that worked for us include, 
  • As we packed up our belongings, we constantly talked about “Morley’s new house”, in hopes that it would get her excited.
  • She recognizes places that we frequent, so seeing as our new house is right around the corner from grandpa, we would drive past during construction, pointing out where we would be living (including Morley’s new park across the street).
  • When it came time, we took her with us for the pre-inspection and finally to get the keys, which allowed her to see the space when it was empty.
  • We kept her in school for a few days after getting the keys, allowing us time to get some errands and the majority of painting done. 
  • We pulled her out of her first day care two weeks prior to starting her new daycare. This allowed her to have some “down time” at home with us as we set up the new house. (It also saved us two weeks’ worth of daycare fees.)
  • The first project we tackled was her bedroom, painting her walls and assembling her new bed. All that’s left is to hang some decor. (The BIG reveal to come soon.)
  • During the whole moving process, we made sure to take some time to relax and enjoy the new space, including morning trips to the park and walks to Starbucks (yes, those frequent locations we visit that she now knows include Starbucks).

And while it has gone as smooth as we could have hoped, it hasn't been all rainbows and unicorns. There have definitely been some challenges, including expressing her attitude and pushing the boundaries of what she is allowed to do and not do in her new house. But to be expected, she is only two after all. 

Now on to Googling the next big change - how to introduce a toddler to their new sibling without them hating him/her. Wish me luck. 


Have you moved with young children? Any tips or tricks? I’d love to hear!