Thursday, August 13, 2015


By Kate Dyer

It's safe to say the Fresh White Wall is somewhat of a timeless classic, but it isn't necessarily the most exciting option when it comes to kids rooms or nurseries (or even adult bedrooms for that matter).

With our bub just weeks away and nesting mode in full swing, I wanted to do something to make the room really special so began looking at options. There are some fantastic stick-on decor and wallpapers (with permanent and removable varieties) but I'd always wanted to try my hand at painting a mural.

The whole project cost under $50 and you can get as creative as you like with a few simple tools!

Start with a nice clean wall - ours were painted about 6 months ago but something older may need a wash with sugar soap to begin.

A 250ml sample pot of each paint colour was plenty, and one roll of low-tack tape <> was all we needed to outline our chosen design. Do not skimp on the tape - cheaper options will pull the paint off your wall so spend a few extra dollars and get the right product.

Straight lines are definitely easier to work with and the tape will give you a nice sharp edge to paint up to. We used brushes for the first coat of colour but I prefer the finish of a roller and did a second coat using a 70mm foam roller.

We added some details with a brush and then peeled away the tape once the painting was complete to reveal the finished masterpiece! The best thing about paint is it's pretty easy to cover up and start again if you make any serious mistakes, so give it a go and see what you can create!

A photographer by trade, Kate shares the story of her growing family and the place they call home on her blog Babe & Abode. Which will come first - the new bathroom or the new baby?


  1. Oh wow! This looks amazing!! :) I love it and the video is great!

  2. Isn't it magical? Kate is such a clever lady breaking it down like that into manageable steps! You'll have to let us now if you try it :)

  3. I love this! I want to try it in our next house. x

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