Can’t Afford a Mural? Create Your Own Doodle!

I have always been a huge fan or art and murals. After spending several weeks buying prints and finding frames in local charity shops, I was ready to create my new gallery wall in my office corner. Hours I spent, trying to come up with the perfect gallery wall composition, command strips bought and the wall freshly painted in Hague Blue by Farrow & Ball to give it the perfect backdrop.

I wanted to create a Scandi inspired gallery and measured out the size of the wall where the prints were going by using frog tape on a rug and rearranging the prints until I was happy. I have wrote about how to hang a gallery wall here.

A Scandi inspired gallery wall.
Just stick it to the frame and wall and hey presto! No nails needed
Command strips – a serial decorators best friend

Putting up a gallery wall

I put aside a morning to put up the gallery wall and was really excited to see the results. And then it dawned on me, the gallery was going on a wall which was directly opposite a large window, so it didn’t matter how you displayed the prints, you couldn’t see the damn things! I’m a serial decorator, how did I not see this coming? A whole morning wasted, when I could have been watching daytime TV with a coffee and my feet up!

Is it a face? Or is it me waving in the background? 🙂

Looking at wall murals

I was back to square one with just a dark blue wall to stare at behind my monitor, leaving me with very little inspiration. I poured over my saved pins on Pinterest to figure out what I could do with the wall and quickly decided that it was crying out for a wall mural!

I have always loved the dark floral wallpapers adorned with vintage and still life flowers, teamed with luxurious velvet chairs and accessories and decided to find the perfect mural to fit in the small space I had in the office (and a velvet chair whilst I was at it!) Scandi was out, dark and luxurious was in… That was, until I saw the price!

The wall dream right there – TapetShow via
Bloom by
Bouquet of Peonies Mural –

Painting your own mural

Most were retailing between £185 (+ shipping) to well over £450 and with my bank balance looking in a very poor state due to the amount of cushions and candles that kept falling into my basket, I realised I needed a completely different approach to my wall problem.

I knew that I would never be able to recreate a stunning floral mural as seen in the pictures above, my drawing skills consist of stick men and butterflies, but doodle? That I could do. I’ve always been completely inspired by several accounts on Instagram with their ability to come up with amazing chalkboard drawings and hand painted murals, making it all look so effortless and unique.

I’ve always been in awe of Theresa’s amazing ability to draw – Instagram: @theresagromski
lucy tiffney wall mural
A wall mural by the amazingly talented Lucy Tiffney. Instagram: @lucytiffney
The main inspiration behind my wall doodle. Instagram: @gingiber

Some paint and a paintbrush

I had previously created a very small chalkboard doodle in my guest bedroom, so decided to give it a go on the office wall, just on a bigger scale. Armed with a pencil, a very fine paintbrush and two B & Q tester paint pots, I set about creating a doodle mural with just my limited imagination and the help of typing “doodle” into google (like I said, my imagination stretches to stick men and butterflies!)

I didn’t have a plan or a set pattern I wanted to keep too, I just decided to draw and see what happened! It took me about 3 hours to complete the initial pencil stencil and once I was happy with it, I started painting over the top.

The very technical doodle kit!
First I painted the white section (you can still see the pencil marks on the wall)
Pink going on

Covering up light switches and irregularities

There is a very problematic light switch on the wall which we had asked electricians to look at and even they couldn’t figure out was it was for? Perhaps when we turned it off, all the houses on our street with even numbers found their electricity cut off? Your guess is as good as mine! And because it was so shoddily implemented, it was going to cost us more money than we were prepared to pay to rectify so we left it there, a shrine to the previous owner’s poor workmanship.

Thing is, I was going to cover it with pictures so now had to figure out what to do with it. I found some black card in my kids drawing box and created a similar doodle which I stuck over the top and if you stood back far enough, you wouldn’t notice

It’s not even straight?!?! This is the switch, not my angle.
DIY light switch cover
It’s like the switch isn’t even there. Just don’t look to closely!

With the light switch covered, it was just a case of finishing painting the doodle and filling in gaps that I couldn’t see when initially drawing in pencil. I then moved the office desk and equipment back into place and created a few more doodles around the equipment to make it look like it was radiating from the monitor! Ta-dah!

My view when looking up from my monitor
The finished office corner

With the finished result in place, I’m quite glad I spent all my money on cushions and candles because it forced my hand to become creative and find a cheaper solution. I am thoroughly pleased with the results and now feel I need to doodle in every room! This corner of my office space is finished, now I just need to complete the rest of the room and it’s going to be a hard act to follow!

Mel x

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