A lot of people say to us that the mountains on the wall of Ewan’s Nursery (If you haven’t seen our Nursery reveal, you can do here) look like something straight from Pinterest. Of course they are! I spent days and days pinning things for the Nursery and one of the things I kept coming back to were the mountains.
Lee and I spend a lot of our time outdoors canoeing, camping and every now and then he even manages to get me to climb up a mountain. Being outdoors is such a big part of our lives, and it’s something we’re hoping to play a large part in Ewan’s childhood too.
We wanted a calming space that would reflect this for the Nursery as as we didn’t know what we were having, we wanted it gender neutral too.
The wall is one of the things we’ve had the most compliments about, and so although I’m sure there are plenty of ways to create a mountain wall mural if you’d like to create your own then this is how we did ours.
Pick your paint:
We obviously picked grey for our walls but I’ve seen various shades of brown and green used too. The biggest expense is buying all of the paint to get all the different shades as obviously you don’t use a full tin. We weighed up our options and looked into buying smaller custom mixed tins, but the ready mixed 2.5l tubs worked out as the cheapest option.
We used five different shades in the end, and mixed them all together. The shades we went for were:
Dulux Rock Salt
Dulux Polished Pebble
Dulux Chic Shadow
Dulux Goose Down
Dulux Urban Obsession
Paint the base coat:
The next thing that we did was to get the base coat on the wall. For this we used the lightest shade as this ends up being the ‘sky’. For us it took three coats to get a good even coverage on the wall.
Plan your mountains:
We wanted to draw the outlines of some mountains that are special to us as they’re either ones we’ve climbed, camped next to, or intend to climb.
To begin with I mapped them out on a piece of paper (you’ll notice ours includes the sloped roof).
A lot of ones we’d seen just filled one wall, but we wanted to carry the mountains off to the left and onto the other wall too.
It’s best to do a couple of revisions of this and make sure you’re happy.
Draw your outlines:
This is the step where you need to trace your plan onto the wall .If you wanted to be exact, you could stand back from the wall and shine a torch through the piece of paper and trace it onto the wall, but we weren’t worried about being this accurate, so we drew it free hand.
At this point it’s worth taking a step back and check that your mountains are filling the gaps properly and if not, edit your outlines to accommodate.
Start painting your mountains:
Before you start putting paint on the wall, plan which shades you’ll be using for each. It’s much easier to get this right first time, so it definitely requires a bit of thought.
We had four shades of paint left (remember the fifth is the sky), and we wanted to paint ten mountains.
For the first one we mixed the colour for the sky with the next lightest colour, around 50/50. This gave us a shade slightly darker than the sky.
We painted the outline with a small brush and then filled it in with a small roller.
Each mountain will need at least two coats, and you need to make sure that it’s dry and you have good coverage before moving down to the next mountain.
Work your way down:
If you have smaller pots that you can mix different shades in and keep I’d suggest you do this. Make sure you label them so that you know which one is which and then you can make sure you do any touching up you may need to later.
If you do have pots then you can mix the paint in a paint tray but you’ll not be able to do any touch ups so make sure you’re extra careful painting. You’ll also need to make sure you wait for each coat to dry completely so that you make sure the shades have enough distinction.
You want to mix the lighter colours first, followed by mixing the medium colours with the lighter ones, using just the medium, mixing medium with darker colours before finally using your darkest shade on the last mountain.
If you have similar shades, try to use them on mountains that don’t touch.
We took the mountains down to the bottom of the plaster so that they end below the skirting board:
We then added a bit of snow with pure brilliant white paint to the top of the tallest mountain.
Then it was just a case of adding the finishing touches: