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I don’t recall ever coloring on the walls when I was a kid, I very well could have though (I have a TERRIBLE memory), but I remember really WANTING to. I was one of those kids who was satisfied for hours with a few crayons and a pile of construction paper. Instead of stealing candy from the store, when I was very little I stole crayons. Not the whole box though, just the ones that I didn’t have or had broken.
Now that I’m all grown up (well maybe not ALL grown up), I get to draw ALL OVER the walls in my house, creating DIY faux wallpaper, and no one says boo. Ahhh, I love being a grown up and getting to act like a kid.
So, while redecorating my house these past couple of months, I got online and started searching some of my favorite blogs and sites for ideas when I came across this picture from Emily Hendersons blog:
I luuurved it and knew I had to incorporate this look somewhere in my house asap.
I decided to accent my mantle and fireplace by putting this design over top as well as in my art niche in my living room. I didn’t want to actually buy the wallpaper, a) because I’m cheap, and b) because I don’t want to commit to wallpaper. So instead I simply bought some paint pens (acrylic although I’m sure oil works fine too) and got to work recreating the look as faux-wallpaper in my home.
Heres the breakdown:
Cost: $12 for 4 paint pens
- Acrylic paint pens. I used black and metallic gold for my faux-wallpaper.
- A “template” of the bird to trace. I simply printed out the above picture on cardstock (I blew it up first to get it so one of the birds filled my sheet of paper) and then simply cut out the bird to cut down on having to “free-hand” it.