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Picket Fence Mural

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I love a good challenge almost as much as I love painting…so when I was asked to paint a more than 30-foot long Picket Fence Mural for an eatery called “Burrito Barn,” I jumped at the opportunity.  Little did I know HOW challenging it would be!  It wasn’t just the sheer size that proved difficult…it was painting on a coarse wood surface…trying to maintain a cohesive look when there were breaks in the fence every few inches…and, did I mention, the wind was blowing the fence the entire time!?!  Now that it’s done, I can finally breathe a sigh of relief, take in the scenery, and enjoy a good burrito.

As you can probably tell from the “Before” photo, the Burrito Barn is a permanently parked food truck. The owner not only caters to all the farm workers in the area, but to hundreds of employees in neighboring industrial buildings.  So, he wanted a cartoon-style picket fence mural to give them something fun to look at while they grab a bite to eat and take a break from work.

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It was a brand new picket fence so I didn’t need to worry about power washing it first.  Instead, I started with primer.  I used a Killz latex primer and my new paint sprayer, being careful to protect the ground and, of course, the food truck from any over-spray.

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Next, I started painting.  With so much space to fill, I painted barn animals, hay bales, and sunflowers…anything that would add to the country scenery but still fit the scale.  I used bright paint colors to tie in with the paint job on the food truck.

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Once I was done, I finished it off with a protective, clear top coat by Minwax called “spar urethane.”  It provides more protection from the sun, rain, and temperature changes than regular poly urethane, but it’s also a bit pricey.

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This Picket Fence Mural wound up taking four days to complete.  I was trying to be mindful of when customers would be there, and again, I was dealing with a considerable amount of wind.  But overall, I was happy with the results because the owner loved it.  He’s now bringing in live music on Friday nights to complete the “Burrito Barn” atmosphere.  IMG_0149

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4 Responses to Picket Fence Mural

  1. Sylvia Sotelo March 12, 2016 at 7:56 pm #

    Wow Marcy, that turned out so nice. I especially love the scripture, if you committ your business to the Lord, he will bless it. I would like to know what town Burrito Barn is in.

    • Marcy March 12, 2016 at 11:16 pm #

      Thanks, Sylvia. I loved the scripture, too. The Burrito Barn is in Buckeye, Arizona.

  2. Sally V. Quevedo March 15, 2016 at 8:40 pm #

    Wow! I love it all- especially the cute little pink pig. What an inviting atmosphere & the food looks good too!

  3. Leo soileau June 11, 2016 at 7:02 pm #

    I have a friend who wants me to paint her a mural on her fence. It’s 6 ft x8ft. It’s a giant sunflower. How do I go about pricing for this project?

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