I’m a stay at home dad of 2 beautiful little girls (almost 3 and 6). We moved closer to my in-laws about a year ago, while we love the house it was built in the early ’80s. The vast majority of the walls have that hard “sand” texture on them so going the vinyl cling route wasn’t an option. I used to be fairly artistic years ago, but I’ve not really painted anything outside of changing wall colors for probably 20+ years since high school (especially nothing close to this scale). I’ve always wanted to and thought about painting a mural for my kids someday.

Anywho… this is what I came up with. I used a cheap LED projector that I found on Amazon (which also works great for movie nights now), I penciled on the general shapes/proportions, then made at least a couple passes on each with acrylics trying to get as much detail in as I could. I spent probably 3-4 hours a day 5+ days a week for the better part of the summer. The girls have a lot of different favorites so I couldn’t fit them all in, but overall they love it. We still need to change out the windows and replace the trim before we move them into the new room.

(I do know Moana comes off a little dark, I spent many hours trying to get the skin tone right, and it’s about as good as I could do at the time, the reference image was a little darker too, so that could be part of it.)

I hope you all enjoy it as much as we do!

First Wall – Moana (and Ocean from the movie), Ariel, and Stitch

Stitch

Ariel is giving Moana the Heart of Tifiti

Second Wall – Rapunzel and Merida

Merida

Rapunzel

Third Wall – Toothless and Light Fury, Pocahontas, Flit, Miko, and Percy

Pocahontas and Friends

Toothless and Light Fury

Fourth Wall – Frozen – Marshmallow, Snowgies, Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Kristoff, Sven

Olaf

Marshmallow and Snowgies

Elsa and Anna

Kristoff and Sven