I recently moved back to New Hampshire after a four year stint in Massachusetts (don’t judge me!) and have been doing a lot of projects. By far, the most fun has been painting a mural!
I have almost no artistic skills so I enlisted my sister to help me out. After completing this project, anyone can do it if you plan it out right. The first thing we did is sketch out a plan. Think of your favorite views for inspiration. In New Hampshire’s White Mountains we have a large concentration of peaks ranging up to just over 6,000 feet that comprise of gentle slopes, steep ledges, cliffs, and ridge lines. This shaped the overall design. I had seen this idea on Pinterest and it was intricately planned out. Th great thing about painting mountain vistas is that it’s just lines and you can make changes as you go. Be flexible and have fun!
For the colors I wanted a gradient look so I purchased Sherwin Williams Blue Midnight, Sherwin Williams Talc Powder, Valspar Filtered Shade, and white (just an untinted quart to mix together. A quart in each color was plenty for a smaller wall. My sister, Rachel tinted the colors and filled in the sketch she made on paper. We didn’t use grey for the sketch and we decided it would help to transition from blue to cream so we took note.
After we were happy with the design and colors, we brought it to the wall. Make sure the wall you plan on painting has been cleaned and any holes have been filled in. The wall color was really light so we were able to paint right over it. Use the photo as a reference but don’t go crazy over making it exactly the same. I found it helpful to put squares of painter’s tape for each layer before drawing. Have some layers go from wall to wall while others are smaller. Make sure to have enough variety as well.
After the first layer we began tinting the blue with grey. I measured out the grey in a solo cup and poured it into a bowl. We would add an equal amount of grey into the bowl for the next few layers to lighten it up.
What worked the best for us was to have one person cutting the edges and the other filling the large areas. It’s easy to use a regular paintbrush to paint the bottom and top edges of each layer as the peaks can change shape a bit if you make a mistake. If the edge isn’t solid or you added too much paint, you can just bring it down a little more.
The other three walls will be painted an airy blue-grey to tie the whole room together. If you enjoyed this project you may want to learn how to make some pretty awesome mountain coasters. They make great gifts!
Last modified: September 1, 2017