Thanks for all the instagram love on this and the forest accent wall in this bedroom. The starry night wall mural is opposite from the forest scene accent wall. I was worried the two wouldn’t coordinate, but they surprisingly do. Using the same colors I think pulled it all together.
My kiddos are super into stars. Like when we were finished my oldest said, “I hope a real astronomer never sees this, these constellations are not in proportion at all.” Well, little buddy, I’m not worried cuz it’s a 2-dimensional wall and as it turns out we don’t have any astrology buddies, so I think we’re in the clear. Then when my second son saw it for the first time it took him a split second to say, “mom, why did you put those two southern hemispheres on the wall with all the northern hemispheres?” Holy shmoly, like ANYONE even knows that!? Except my ten year old I guess. Clearly a lot smarter than I… can you guess the southern hemisphere constellations in the pic??? I insisted on including the Southern Cross and Centaur on the far right because I lived in South America for a while and those stars bring back many happy memories of fun nights in Chile and Brazil.
Here is the wall before:
HOW TO PAINT A STARRY NIGHT ACCENT WALL:
- Put on your base coat, I used “in the navy” by Sherwin Williams.
- Paint pen! Make sure you get a latex water-based paint pen if you ever plan on using latex paint. You can paint oil-based paint over latex paint,but never the other way around. So, if you used an oil-based paint pen you would need to sand it off completely to ever paint over the top. No esta bueno. Image by preparingforpeanuts.com
- Project an image, I used this one, but there a lot out there. My kids picked their favorite constellations (I was a little lost after the small and big dipper). I adjusted the projector to pick different constellations, but tried to keep sizing accurate on both the constellation and the brightness of the star.
- Paint the stars, fill in the lines later with a ruler
- To make it look more real flick or splatter some paint to cluster around the stars. It just gives that little bit more detail it needs. I’m no artist, but it does look better with a star cluster than just one.
My son really got on board and did the first part almost entirely by himself. I love how this room is his personality and his work. Plus, it turned out better than I thought it would, so there’s a win right there! What do you think about the accent wall? Awesome? Over the top? Good for a twelve-year-old boy or not?