Day 74: Painting Bigger & Living Large馃帹

The past few days I鈥檝e been working on my first ever mural project in Dubai! I鈥檓 so grateful for the opportunity to bring someone鈥檚 vision to life, it is everything to me and I鈥檓 enjoying every moment of the process.
This is my first commercial mural for a cloud kitchen based in DSO, Dubai called Happy Platter Kitchens. The design is solely theirs and I鈥檓 just painting it on a 18ft x 35ft wall馃槄
This wall does have its challenges beginning with the textured grey wall verses the flat white wall AND this is my first time working full time with spray paints.聽I estimated the duration of the project for a period of 5 days as we鈥檙e dealing with a basic design, lots of geometric components and simple colors (yellow, pink, orange, blue and white).

Day 1 (Monday) was all about mapping and scaling the design to fit the wall. Although the design shared wasn鈥檛 accurate, I had to make executive decisions in ensuring it fits aesthetically. This process did consume a good amount of time but for the size of the wall, this was expected.

Day 2 (Tuesday) was all about the 鈥渟kim coat鈥. The skim coat is a flat layer of paint laid out simply to cover the surface area. The goal isn鈥檛 to have a finished layer of color but to have a base laid out. With spray paints, you don鈥檛 necessarily need a primer as some brands already have a primer base. In some cases, it is important to prep your surface before painting to ensure a clean application.

Day 3 & 4 (Wednesday & Thursday) was covering as much wall as possible. Some panels required more than two coats, specifically the yellow and white paint on the gray wall.聽

Day 5 (Friday) was by far the worst day as the weather was unbearably windy making it quite difficult to spray paint. This was a bit annoying considering this would鈥檝e been our last (second last) day working on the mural.

Day 6 (Saturday) was a great day as majority of the mural was done. We were about 95% complete. All that was left to do was the logo and touch ups. A few issues arose in regards to some colors were unfortunately unavailable at the stores so I had to make an executive decision to use wall paint instead. I was lucky to find a paint supplier that could color match and produce the colors needed to complete the project.

Day 7 (Sunday) was the last and final day. Although the project took a day over than expected and estimated. Of course, there were a few glitches and issues along the way but the most important part is ensuring that a good job was done. I鈥檓 glad we were able to finish the project and as result, produced a beautiful outcome as the client expected!

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Have a blessed day!

- Miilo


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