How to Make Faux Murals In Your Home

Faux Murals are reproductions of well-known works or art in a variety of mediums that you can apply to a wall in your house via tile, stencil, or print. You can make your own faux murals with relative ease.


Making a Faux Mural

Get a paint roller and paint tray, along with sealant, plastic wallpaper smoother, plaster or joint compound, a two-inch chip brush, one quart of glaze, liquid acyclic paint such as Burnt Umber or a similar color and a clear topcoat. Then go get a poster of your favorite renaissance art, and you are ready to do in two days what Michelangelo took several months to complete.

Follow the directions on whatever sealant you bought, and apply it to the wall you have decided to put the mural on. You then need to let it sit for twenty-four hours. Then coat the back of your art poster in wallpaper paste. It is advisable to put some paste on the wall as well, especially if you are concerned about ripping your poster. Put the poster on the wall and smooth it out with the wallpaper smoother. The paste will bubble out the sides of the poster but there is no need to worry about it. Do not remove it just yet, either. Using the chip brush and possibly a trowel, apply joint compound in thin layers around your poster. If you want it to look older, put some of this on the image as well, but not too much. Let this dry overnight. You might want to open a window.

Mix your acrylic paint with the glaze at about a 4 to 1 ratio, the large portion going to the glaze. Although you can always add color, be aware that you can never remove color so err on the side of caution and only add a little. Use your chip brush, or a paper towel for that matter, to paint your entire poster over with this mixture, making sure to keep the paint even and thin. Go somewhere for a while, whilst your poster dries, and when you return, add the clear topcoat.

Congratulations! You are now the proud owner of a renaissance faux mural masterpiece.