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Archive for Wall Murals

Children Creating a Mural on Virtues

The road leading to virtues is a life journey, wrought with twists, turns, obstacles and scary choices. They guide us to living joyful, contributing lives, from a “True-North” perspective. Do these words paint images in your your mind? They do for these two youngsters who will be painting a mural on a twenty square foot canvas for their school to enjoy and be inspired by. How did all this happen?

Mural Project – Brainstorming Session

Every year, our Chicago area painting and decorating company participates in a community project as a thank you for all our blessings. These projects have included painting the sets for local theatre companies, the painting of mural scenes on public benches, among many others. This year’s event is special in that it involves working with children in creating a unique piece of art that is expressive of their views on life. The mural project was conceived by our company as a raffle item at a large gala held earlier this year as a fundraising event for Science & Arts Academy of Des Plaines, Illinois. The mom who won the raffle passed up an $8500 Rolex to get the mural project for her daughter and her best friend. That was some inspired mom, with a clear sense of her “True North”!

Hands Holding Compass

Last Saturday, the two moms brought their daughters to the school for their first session with us. The purpose of that meeting was twofold. First, we introduced them to the history of murals going back to the cavemen, with modern examples of how murals meet people’s needs today, taken from our inventory of completed mural projects. The second part was a brainstorming session with Rita, our Color and Concept Consultant (and my wife) and Fran, our Muralist. In their interactions with the girls, they were able to facilitate the articulation of the kids’ vision for their mural. As the girls were speaking about their views on virtues, our muralist was capturing their thoughts with sketches. At the end of the session, we had a rough sketch of the mural, a list of the mural elements and yes: homework!

Below are some of the elements the girls came up with for their mural: two hands holding a compass, winding path, gate, obstacles, storm clouds, rain, lightning, sun, flowers, wolf and animals. They already completed their first post-meeting assignment. They met last week to find inspiration pictures online for their various painted elements. They even found one for the two hands holding a compass! At their next meeting, they will redo the preliminary sketch developed in the first session. Part of their homework assignment also includes their keeping a journal of their discoveries and learning during the mural project. Stay tuned for more updates on their exciting mural painting project!

Converting a Closet Into a Wine Cellar, Complete with a Painted Mural

Over the years, a few clients have dreamed of converting a closet in their home into a wine cellar, complete with a wine-inspired wall mural, even some seating for comfort and other accessories. We were there to facilitate their dream with our decorative painting and mural painting skills! In this article, we will tell you about the stories behind two such projects.

Wine Closet – Mural 1

Wine Closet – Mural 2

Wine Closet – Mural 3

One of them involved a closet six feet wide by five feet deep. In this space, our client already had 2 wine coolers and a chair. He was looking not just for one, but two wine-inspired murals. During the consultation, we ascertained that he had pictured scenes from a vineyard and a cellar as part of his creation. He also wanted the rest of the walls and ceiling to have the feel of masonry. So, we troweled on a light texture, which we painted and distressed with a color wash. Upon completing the painting, the client brought in the glassware and a throw for the chair. Voila!

Another project involved a larger closet, already outfitted with its own air conditioning and shelving. A few years earlier, those clients had gone on a trip to California to celebrate their anniversary. The highlight of their trip was a sumptuous dinner they had in the cellar of Merryvale Winery in Napa Valley. They wanted to preserve that special memory in a mural for their own cellar. To complete the mood of the room, we created a masonry finish for the rest of the walls. The floor was painted and distressed to give it the look of concrete. The same look was created on the floor of the mural. The entrance door to the closet was a French door, which we grained and distressed to make it look like it had accumulated a lot of patina over the decades. As a hint for what this room was about, we painted vines above the exterior doorway, leading into the interior cellar walls.

A house-painting project as personal as this sometimes calls for equally personal touches. Two years earlier, this client had lost his beloved sixteen-year old Golden Retriever. In discussions with his wife, we decided to surprise him by painting a portrait of his dog walking about in the cellar. Oh, by the way, one of the barrels bears a brass plaque with their family name on it!

Preserving memories and fulfilling dreams for one’s environment is what we do as decorative painters and mural artists in the Chicago area. What dream do you have to beautify and personalize your environment?

Painting in Partnership Preserves Memories Through Mural Painting

Mural Painting is an opportunity to preserve a memory. This reality was made clear on a recent house painting project by Painting in Partnership. On occasion, as painting contractors, we have the opportunity to capture a client’s memory and bring it to life in the form of a painted wall mural and preserve it forever.


We did the exterior painting, interior painting, as well as the staining of the knotty pine logs, doors, windows and trim on a house that had been completely gutted. Yet, something seemed to be missing to complete this unique Western-style décor.

Having been a “cowgirl” for thirty five years, raising and training show horses, our client was looking to have her retirement house be a place where she was surrounded with the memories of the life she had left behind. The idea came to me to paint a wall mural as a thank gift to this wonderful client. The question was: “What kind of mural could we paint for her?”

I asked her son if his mom had had a horse that was very special to her. He immediately said: “That would be Buck,” He proceeded to tell me Buck’s story. I asked him if there was anything else we could incorporate in the mural painting. He suggested the gate of their old horse farm. The mural concept had come together for me.

The mural painting was done over a canvas and hung like by our wallpapering specialist. Our client had no idea a mural was being painted for her. On installation day, we draped the area and asked not to peek! The intensity of her reaction to seeing “her Buck” was a gift to all of us at Painting in Partnership. “Buck’s memory was preserved forever as the “King of the Farm.”

Do you have such a memory you are looking to keep alive through a mural Painting?