DIY Cloud Ceiling–the easy way!

As soon as we moved out of our old house, Aurora asked for two specific things she wanted in her new room (although we hadn’t even found a house yet): a mountain wall and a cloud ceiling.

DIY cloud ceiling : the easy way

The mountains were super fun to make (post to come in a few days) but the clouds were intimidating! I didn’t want to just sponge paint some white onto the ceiling and call it a day: I wanted them to actually look like clouds with shape and depth. But let’s be real, I’m not mural artist, although a girl can dream. So I kind of just started experimenting and hoping it worked, and to my surprise, they were really easy to make!

First, I started by painting the ceiling in Sea Rover (matte) by Behr.

DIY cloud ceiling : the easy way

DIY-cloud-ceiling2Once that’s dry, poor white and sea rover (or the shade of blue you’re using) into a paint tray. It’s okay if they touch and mix because we are going to be using both colors simultaneously and mixing the colors will just provide more depth to your cloud.

DIY cloud ceiling : the easy wayNow take your paint brush and dip it in the white paint. I used the same paint brush for both white and blue, because again, the more the colors mix, the more depth your cloud will have. With the white paint, start forming a cloud shape on the ceiling. The good thing about clouds is there is no “right” way to paint them, so just start painting your cloud and add sections and extensions until you’re satisfied with the way it looks.
You can always add on to it later if you decide you don’t like it.


DIY cloud ceiling : the easy wayOnce you have a basic cloud formation, dip your paint brush into the blue and start adding depth to your clouds by adding curves and following the edges with the paint brush, like this:

DIY cloud ceiling : the easy wayKeep adding blue to the edges and interchanging with white paint as well if you think you have too much blue in one area. You can also play around with different shades of blue by mixing the blue with the white or just using the regular shade that you have. When you’re done shading, you want the cloud to look something like this:

DIY cloud ceiling : the easy wayNow, just keep painting these clouds in random spots on your ceiling to get the desired effect that you want. Make sure to vary the shapes and sizes of your clouds so it doesn’t get too monotonous.

DIY cloud ceiling : the easy way

DIY-cloud-ceiling11It helps to lay on the ground (as weird as you may feel) and look up to see where you need to add clouds. It’s easier to notice open or blank spots on the ceiling from this angle because it feels like you’re looking up at the sky–well hopefully.

Eventually, you’ll have a beautiful clouded ceiling, perfect for any children’s bedroom!

DIY cloud ceiling : the easy way



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    • Catherine Elsby says

      I’m hoping to get a lot of compliments! Not many people have seen it in person yet, the room is still a work in progress, haha. Thank you so much for the compliment!

  1. says

    I really, really like the depth that you created with those clouds! I am sure your daughter loves it! Looking forward to seeing the mountains… God bless! πŸ™‚

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