I am soooo excited about this project- it is to date the favorite project I have done and blogged about! And the best part is, you don’t need any fancy schmancy tools or skills! Last fall, I asked Emmy what she wanted her room to look like… She was adamant in bringing some orange into it. I first completed her vanity, but wanted to add in some more orange and bring it onto the walls without painting her walls orange. That would be a little too much for me! But I wanted to add something whimsical and fun- her room is headed to being eclectic, girly chic. I started out by using a pink piece of chalk to draw the outline of the tree on her wall. I left her “Bonjour” (We love Fancy Nancy!) banner up because I wanted to rehang it and make it look like it was hanging from the trees boughs eventually. I also chose to use the pink chalk because I wanted something that would blend well with the colors I was using, but that I would be able to see against her soft pink walls. I should mention that I didn’t use a projector or anything… just drew the tree free hand. Of course I messed up a couple times, but the beauty of chalk is that it comes right off, so you have plenty of room for error.
After I drew the tree on, I gathered my supplies, a drop cloth, my Mythic Paint, and my Purdy angled paint brush, a drop cloth, and a step stool. I removed the banner, got my painting clothes on, and got to work.
Normally, I would have primed the area I was going to add paint to, but I was certain that the pale pink color would be fine under the Orange Delicia paint. I actually tested a tiny area first, and it looked good. I also let that test area dry for a few hours and gave it my fingernail scratch test and had no problems with adhesion.
I hadn’t used a Purdy brush before and was really excited to try it. It worked beautifully with all of the detail work I had to do on this tree. I started on the far ends of the lims, and worked my way in, that way, the angled and created the end of each limb, and as I brought the brush closer to the trunk of the tree, I was able to press downa little harder and widen the limbs. My husband took this picture of me painting a limb, just so you could see!
I continued to work in this manner until the first coat was complete. The coverage of the Mythic paint over the pink walls was awesome. And there was absolutely no odor, which was fantastic, since my whole family was home while I worked on this project, including 2 little people noses, and 2 little doggie noses. This is what it looked like after just one coat…
I allowed the first coat to dry for several hours, and then used a dry rag to wipe off the chalk. I then went over it lightly with a damp rag, to remove any remaining chalk. This allowed me to see where my edges needed a little more work. On the second coat, I was able to angle in with my Purdy angled paint brush and correct those edges. This is one limb before the second coat…
And here it is after cutting in with my brush…
Once it was all cut in and covered with the second coat, I allowed it to dry. Then I hung the banner back up, and moved the furniture back in place, and here is the final result!
My plan is to chage out the tree’s decor as the seasons change using vinyls cut with my Sihouette. Since we are in the middle of winter, I left the branches bare for now, but Emmy and I decided adding a little pink bird would be nice and cheery this winter! Here it is with the little birdy- our songbird of hope, hope that Spring is coming arounf the bend soon! We have it set up so that the bird is facing Emmy’s bed, singing her to sleep, or perhaps singing a wake-up call!
Emmy and I are both thrilled with how the tree turned out. You already know from my previous post how I feel about Mythic Paint, but I have to add that I could not have completed this project nearly as well without the use of the Purdy brush. It allowed me to really fine tune the tree’s details. Like I said before, this is my favorite project EVER! Fun, fresh, and funky!