Make An Easy Wall Feature

This tutorial shows you how to make an easy wall feature out of the small space above your kitchen door. It adds interest and wow to a space otherwise unused for anything interesting. It will brighten up your kitchen and create a fantastic talking point when friends come to visit. See other stuff you can make for beautiful interiors here. 

Time: This project will take you a total of one and a half hours. This is not counting the time it takes for the paint to dry in-between. After all, this time could be spent doing something else. 
Cost: nothing – if you have left-over paint and your kids have markers. 

Go from this…

new colours add interest to a dull wall

The clock in the middle has always been over the door. I planned to use it in the design because I had no intention of putting it somewhere else. This is why the flowers curve around it the way they do. You don’t have to use a clock. You can leave the middle box empty, or add some other object you’d like to use.
 To this

stencil makes it even better


1. I marked out 3 spaces above the kitchen door which were exactly the same size, leaving gaps in between them. If this makes it easier, you could always cut out a piece of cardboard in the size you want. Put this on the wall and trace around it 3 times.

How to make your own wall feature in 5 easy steps

The kitchen has been painted with 2 different colours. The first went on the wall, and the second, into the boxes. In my case I had to wait for the bottom paint to dry before painting the boxes on top.  (I don’t understand why my ceiling is showing up grey). I’m sure you won’t have to do this because your kitchen has already been painted.  Make sure the colours you choose complement your existing walls.

2. Once the colour in the squares is dry, (and you may have to put on two coats of paint, depending on the colours used) paint on your flowers. If you haven’t got a steady hand, I suggest buying a flower stencil or creating one from a new sponge. Simply use a marker to draw a flower onto the face of the sponge (trace one if you have to). Then use a Stanley (sharp) knife to cut the outline out. You can keep the hard bit of the sponge intact. You can grab onto this part of it to do your work.

3. Once you have your flower, lightly dunk your sponge into a tray of paint – or use a paint brush to brush it on. Frankly, I like using the paint brush method because I can control just how much paint is applied. I liked the fact that some of my flowers weren’t solidly filled with colour. However, you could fill them completely if you like.

4. Once your flowers are dry on the wall, you can start drawing your leaves. These should be easy to do without stencils, but if you have leaf stencils, use them.

5. Lastly, finish off by outlining your flowers and leaves with a black marker. You can borrow one from your child – this is what I did. If they see you drawing on the wall, say you’ve got creative license just for today. 🙂

Now you know just how to make your own wall feature. It’s really simple and won’t take you long at all. It’s well worth the time you’ll put into it. Please share this post if you find it useful. Have a browse around the blog to see many more easy home projects we did for beautiful interiors. As always, thanks for dropping by and leaving your comment. 

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4 Responses to Make An Easy Wall Feature

  1. Trenton Coria October 25, 2011 at 7:05 am #

    Wow! Is your blog great or what, many thanks for it.

  2. ♥~Judy~♥ September 10, 2011 at 2:49 am #

    It almost looks like the clock is blooming. 🙂 It does add impact to the space.

  3. Anne Lyken-Garner August 13, 2011 at 1:40 pm #

    Thanks,Vanessa. I think it brightens up the kitchen. It's amazing what change a little thing can make.

  4. Vanessa August 13, 2011 at 7:21 am #

    That's a nice little added touch to any room. The clock really adds to the effect.

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