DIY Watercolor Anthropologie Floral Wallpaper

DIY Watercolor Anthropologie Floral Wallpaper

Photo Credit of wallpaper sample: Anthropologie

So I have been DYING over this adorable Floral Wallpaper from Anthropologie ever since I laid eyes on it… but I’m a dirt cheap type of person… and my DIY skills are a great excuse for my husband to bar me from buying stuff so that we can save money…Well, I was looking at this gorgeous, crush-worth wallpaper, when I had a light bulb moment. You know, the type you try to hide from your husband because it will just confirm what he’s been suspicious of for quite a while… you know… That you are CraZy. Yup. I confirmed it for him. I painted myself some wallpaper. And it’s darn pretty!

DIY Watercolor Anthropologie Floral Wallpaper

Now I can finally say, it’s here! It’s here! It’s finally here! Whew!

DIY Watercolor Anthropologie Floral Wallpaper

After 2 months of working on this DIY Wallpaper here and there, I finally pulled through, pumped it out, and finished it!

DIY Watercolor Anthropologie Floral Wallpaper

I used regular old watercolors (which won’t be super durable for the long run) but I am considering sealing it with a seal on acrylic spray.

Here’s a quick clip so you can see my painting process.

DIY Watercolor Anthropologie Floral Wallpaper

So here is the wall 10-20 minutes into this crazy idea of mine. Honestly, I am not always a big fan of murals… they scream poorly done nursery artwork to me. But I LOVE the sophisticated, subtle look that watercolors give. So I thought it was worth a try to experiment with June’s walls.

DIY Watercolor Anthropologie Floral Wallpaper

All the painting was done free hand, and really wasn’t super complicated or scary (other than you are painting your walls!) But if you feel you need to practice before hand, totally do that! I felt that I got better as I went. I really just hopped all over the place. There really isn’t any rhyme or pattern to it. I painted a bunch of them across the wall with large gaps between them, moving outwards. You can go back and fill in the blank space.

DIY Watercolor Anthropologie Floral Wallpaper

It helps to step back and look at the big picture every now and then. I ended up liking certain colors and flower styles better than others as I went. Thankfully I spread out my work evenly across the room, so that they are all mixed style-wise.

DIY Watercolor Anthropologie Floral Wallpaper

For the Flower Petals, I choose lots of oranges and pinks for my color, along with white to dilute it.

DIY Watercolor Anthropologie Floral Wallpaper

For the Flower Centers, I used a rusty brownish-orange and yellow. I was going for more of a soft, dated look.

DIY Watercolor Anthropologie Floral Wallpaper

For the Stems, I used the same rust color, with a dab of green for interest.

DIY Watercolor Anthropologie Floral Wallpaper

Above is a quick guide to the 6 different flower styles I scattered across my wall, and the two leaf types. I decided to forgo the peony flower on the wallpaper, and go for more of a rose look.

DIY Watercolor Anthropologie Floral Wallpaper

It matches her teepee perfectly!

DIY Watercolor Anthropologie Floral Wallpaper

Originally I was using thicker paint (like with the dark flower in this photo), but as I went, I found I liked the subtle, transparent look. So while I didn’t water down my paints TOO much (we don’t want drippy walls!) I did ease off the thickness as I went.

DIY Watercolor Anthropologie Floral Wallpaper

For clean up, (and for those who may want to prep for repainting OVER the mural) I used diaper wipes & wet paper towels for my “erasers.” Now, the finish on my walls is eggshell. With that said, the paint does still slightly leave a little bit of a “stain” on the original paint, but I tried wiping off a flower that had been up for a month, and it pretty much all came off. So assuming I don’t seal it, I would probably just wipe down the walls in the case of repainting the wall.

DIY Watercolor Anthropologie Floral Wallpaper

I haven’t tried painting on any other texture (matte or gloss) but my guess is that this would work best on eggshell, which is just absorbent enough for the paint to cling to. If you have high humidity (don’t use in bathrooms!) then I wouldn’t use the watercolor paints, as they may get runny over time.

DIY Watercolor Anthropologie Floral Wallpaper

My big fears when starting this were: 1. We are going to be selling our house, so I couldn’t do anything that would leave a texture if we repaint for resale. 2. I didn’t want it to look like a child’s scribbles (like what June does to my furniture when I’m not looking!)

DIY Watercolor Anthropologie Floral Wallpaper

But you know what, I went for it, and it wasn’t that hard (just time consuming) and I am just crazy thrilled with it!

DIY Watercolor Anthropologie Floral Wallpaper

Here’s a close up. This whole method, while I’m sure would work on other light colors, really pops on white walls.

DIY Watercolor Anthropologie Floral Wallpaper

I could seriously stare at those flowers for days.

 DIY Watercolor Anthropologie Floral Wallpaper

Today my husband asked June what her room looked like… and she said, “Ummmm, FLOWERS!” LOL! Yep, that’s right…. lots of flowers Junie.

DIY Watercolor Anthropologie Floral Wallpaper

Here it is right before I put the animal heads back up…

DIY Watercolor Anthropologie Floral Wallpaper

And it. is. finally. finished. SIGH! Okay, so that ends my FAVORITE tutorial EVER! THE END.

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  1. Renee J

    January 22nd, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous 🙂

  2. Amanda @ Warm Fuzzy Home

    January 22nd, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    That is so fun!! Looks beautiful! I love that you made a video:) Also you have beautiful hair, haha. Your little June has a great Mom!

  3. Pigtail Mama

    January 25th, 2016 at 3:44 pm

    That is darling! What a great idea!

  4. Elizabeth Booth

    January 25th, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    love so much! just beautiful!

  5. Elizabeth Booth

    January 25th, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    Love this so much! Just beautiful!

  6. christy @ theharperhouse

    February 1st, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    wow! that is absolutely amazing! you are so talented – I just love it! And kudos to you for showing your daughter that it doesn't have to be perfect. Just love your blog!

  7. MarinaSays

    February 1st, 2016 at 11:06 pm

    This is ADORABLE! I love it so much. Wish we could have this on our walls.
    http://www.MarinaSays.com

  8. swayampurna mishra

    February 5th, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    so so so adorable!! I wish i had half your crazy talent!! I would do this to my whole house! PS: I host a link party on Saturdays,8 am Est for food and DIY bloggers. I would love it if you could join us!! We certainly need some floral inspiration 🙂

  9. Daniela Yañez

    February 24th, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    I LOVE IT! To bad I have a two year old boy, but what the heck, i´ll do it to my room!!! BTW do more tutorials for a boy bedroom PLEASE!!!!

  10. Hannah Hathaway

    February 24th, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    Haha! I know, right?! Have you checked out my post about my son's nursery? I still have a few tutorials that need working on from there. XO

    http://www.welivedhappilyeverafter.com/2015/05/the-story-of-whimsical-but-industrial.html

  11. Daniela Yañez

    February 24th, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    I LOVE IT! To bad I have a two year old BOY! But what the heck, I´ll do it to my room. BTW do some tutorials for a boys bedroom PLEASE! PLEASE! PRETTY PLEASE!

  12. Unknown

    March 14th, 2016 at 2:33 am

    PS: if you sell your house, don't erase it! Just note that it can be erased by you/seller if the buyer want. It is so beautiful, an art, and I'd totally dig it were I the buyer.

    -Sasha

  13. Hannah Hathaway

    March 14th, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    You are so sweet! Thanks for the idea. Your comment totally made my day! XO

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