Unless you follow me on Instagram, when you last saw the milk paint landscape mural in the dining room, it was just getting started with the watery Lucketts Green base for the land. Well, Friday it was hot as the blazes here in Rochester, MN (heat index of 104), so we all hung out inside and I had a lot of time to work on the mural. I wasn’t planning on being able to finish it, but the work went quicker than I expected and the boys were content for long stretches, so I got it all done!
And here it is…
(Remember that the furniture isn’t done, yet!)
(Or the butler’s pantry!)
As I shared in my first post about the mural, this was inspired by Susan Harter’s mural style mixed with a hint of Rufus Porter in the folk-feeling of the trees.
I am so pleased with how it turned out. It’s soft and has a custom look that’s elegant, but not too fussy. It’s just what this dining room needed to make it special. While we don’t use the dining room a lot, it is a room that you can see from the foyer, kitchen, stairs, etc., so I want it to catch your eye from those sight lines.
As I shared in my previous post, I used Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint for this mural, which was a bit of an experiment. I’ve painted with it plenty, of course, but nothing on this large scale with these specific techniques. Since I was sort of making it up and testing ideas as I went along, I didn’t film or photograph a full tutorial, but only stopped to snap photos here and there. It’s something, but not quite enough to make a comprehensive tutorial. I am planning to go back, though, and film some brush strokes that made up the trees, grasses, etc. and also share how I got the look of the soft gray sky. So, just hang tight for that if you want to replicate this and you need a bit of direction. I’ll also share the details of the color recipes for each element.
As a flyover, I used Lucketts Green, Boxwood, Linen, Kitchen Scale, and Shutter Gray. I did add a bit of acrylics to the milk paint for the tree trunks (Burnt Umber added to Linen and Lucketts Green) and some foreground grasses (French Ultramarine and Cadmium Yellow to Lucketts Green and Boxwood) to get the colors a little stronger.
More details on the how-to of the mural soon.
Until then, it’s given me great motivation to finish the rest of the dining room. First off, I will finally be refinishing and painting the table. I actually have a date with one of my friends from church who needs to refinish a table as well. She has never done it before, so I invited her to bring hers over and we can refinish our tables together.
I also removed the doors of the primitive hutch and I will be repainting it, to give it a cleaner look. I love this piece, but the distressed paint finish and the color don’t work in this house, sadly. I thought about selling it and buying a different hutch, but I already have this one and the shape and size are good for that location. It just needs some tweaking.
I’ll also be working on the butler’s pantry, putting a cord cover on the chandelier and hopefully finding a mirror to hang over the buffet. I’m not sure if the buffet might be painted or if I’ll swap it out for something else. It depends on how it looks once everything else is done. The size is right, though, so I’d like to make it work.
I’m also contemplating the side chairs. They have been raw for a few years and I’m not sure I want to paint or stain them, but they sort of blend in with the floor right now. Maybe they just need a cushion? Maybe swap them out for chairs you can actually sit in without fear of falling through the cane?
All things to think about, but this room is well on the way…