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Paint-by-Numbers, Giant Wall Mural Inspiration

I’ve painted original murals before for my nephews, but it’s been a while. These giant paint-by-numbers murals have me inspired though, maybe enough to actually commit to making one! It might be something fun to do in the play room area of the basement.

I don’t think it would be difficult, but it would be incredibly time-consuming. Here’s a peek at the process…

A crazy amount of work. I think the results are just the right amount of cheesy goodness though! You like? Or are they too cheesy for you?

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    September 19, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    I love this idea! I want to do smaller versions of this idea in my garage. IS there a tutorial?

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      September 19, 2011 at 7:56 pm

      Never mind…found it. Thanks!

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    Brittany Lauren
    September 20, 2011 at 9:13 am

    It would be a labor of love but what a beautiful touch for a room, especially for a baby.

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    Hazel Schreiner
    September 20, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    Gorgeous! I feel so inspired by this look! It is definitely worth the effort, and with such busy walls you wouldn’t need a huge amount of furniture! Love it!!

    :) Hazel

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    September 22, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Hello! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I LOVE this post. I couldn’t get it off my mind, so I decided to post about it on my blog also, Nine Red, and link back to you. Thanks for sharing such a great project, it looks SO nice!


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    Jenny @ Simcoe Street
    September 22, 2011 at 1:00 pm


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    September 22, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    Wow, that’s fantastic. I especially love the first one with the deer. I like how it goes right over the door. Someday I’ll have a place big enough to handle something like this, and it will be awesome. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    October 23, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Here is a little tip to save some work on this. Print the numbers and outlines on a transparency and project it onto the wall with an old school overhead projector (see them at thrift stores all the time for like 10$). Put a couple Xs on the transparency and trace those on the walls so you can always line up your work between painting sessions.

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    June 29, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    This is crazy wonderful!!

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    December 2, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    Where can I find the projection or the template for each of the “paint by numbers” depicted?

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