Turning Creativity into Custom Design

How to paint a DIY hexagon wall mural

I’ve been painting my living room slowly for the last year and a half. The first thing I did was paint two of the walls white, then I painted my big chalkboard wall, but I still had one wall left. It was the boring beige that was there when we moved in. I knew I wanted some kind of pattern or statement, but nothing too crazy because I already had a huge black wall. I decided to experiment with some scattered, multicolored hexagons, and I love how it turned out! It’s clean and neat, and a statement but not visually overwhelming. I picked muted pastel paint colors so it wouldn’t be too bold. I’d already painted the door bright yellow, so I wasn’t sure if the muted colors would clash, but I love how the door stands out and is still in the same color family as the yellow hexagons.

IMG_4982Materials

  • Painters tape
  • Paint brush
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Cardboard
  • Paint

I used Behr Premium Plus Ultra in:

  • Glacier Bay 500A-1
  • Citrus Hill 200B-4
  • Bee Pollen 390B-5
  • Chocolate Froth 720C-2
  • Simple Silhouette 790B-5

Decide on your pattern. I used Photoshop to mock up how I wanted my design to look on the wall, and which colors would go in each hexagon. This also helped determine how big I wanted to make my hexagon template.

Create your hexagon template. It is pretty easy to make a hexagon, but you’ll want to make sure it’s pretty close to perfect, so your pattern doesn’t look wonky. I looked online for a tutorial and made my hexagon with a makeshift compass. Mine ended up being 13 inches from tip to opposite tip (diameter of the original circle drawn). Cut the template out of cardboard or other sturdy material, to use to trace around.

Using pencil, draw the hexagon outlines. Make sure your hexagons are level. I leveled the first one and then outlined about four or five, and checked the level again to make sure I wasn’t getting off level. In each hexagon I lightly wrote the name of the color that would be painted inside.

Using your painters tape, outline the hexagons that aren’t directly next to each other. Since these hexagons are directly butting up against each other, you’ll have to wait for the paint to dry so you can mask off the one next to it. I masked as many hexagons as possible, and painted the color that was written inside. Each hexagon got two coats of paint.

As soon as I painted the second coat on a hexagon, I removed the tape and let it dry for about two hours between coats, as recommended by the instructions on the paint cans. Because I had to wait for each hexagon to dry before taping the one next to it, this project took three days. I’m so happy with the way it turned out.

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