Hand-Printed Galaxy Wall

Hand Printed Galaxy Wall abeautifulmess.com We are pretty excited about getting to the “finishing touches” phase of some of our studio rooms. We are so close to finishing our little downstairs bathroom, but we wanted to add a bit of visual texture to the walls. It can be so easy to overlook such a small (and comparatively boring) space in a house, but we wanted to add a special handmade touch to the room to make it as fun as the rest of the rooms. It took a bit of thinking to decide what sort of pattern to actually put on the wall, but we finally decided that star constellations would be just the ticket.

Hand Printed Galaxy Wall abeautifulmess.com
Hand Printed Galaxy Wall abeautifulmess.comFirst, I made a few small star stamps out of craft foam and scraps of cardboard (I just glued them together with a simple all purpose glue and let it dry). I suggest using two layers of cardboard as the backing of stamps for extra strength. I also like to make several of the same stamp when creating a hand stamped piece. Especially when the stamps are so small, the image starts to lose its shape the more you use it, so I switch to a new stamp every so often to get the cleanest stamp possible.

Hand Printed Galaxy Wall abeautifulmess.com Hand Printed Galaxy Wall abeautifulmess.com Once I had my stamps completed, I printed out a chart with several constellation choices so I could keep a reference nearby as I painted my shapes. Since I’ve had quite a bit of practice painting over the years, I was able to freehand the lines, but you can also use your brush and a clear ruler to make your lines (the same way you would with a pencil) if you aren’t as confident in your line-making ability. If you use the ruler, just make sure to wipe the paint off the ruler after each line is painted. The color we chose was Olympic’s Silver Spoon, so the shade would be noticeable but still light enough to create a subtle pattern.

Hand Printed Galaxy Wall abeautifulmess.com Hand Printed Galaxy Wall abeautifulmess.com To make the process go as efficiently as possible, I worked in sections and painted the lines of each constellation first so the overall placement would be balanced and evenly spaced. Once the lines were painted, I went back and stamped all the stars by painting a little bit of paint directly onto the stamp, placing the stamp in the appropriate spot, and applying even pressure on all sides. I used a smaller and a bigger star stamp to create some variety.

Hand Printed Galaxy Wall abeautifulmess.com Hand Printed Galaxy Wall abeautifulmess.com Hand Printed Galaxy Wall abeautifulmess.com I think our galaxy print was just what our little bathroom needed to feel as special as our other rooms. The print turned out whimsical and fun, but not too overpowering for the small space. Some of the constellations are totally real, but a lot are made up, so I guess we should think twice before inviting any picky astronomy experts over to the house…xo. Laura

Credits // Author: Laura Gummerman, Photography by: Laura Gummerman & Sarah Rhodes. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess Actions.

  • I love this! I saw your bathroom on Curbly ( http://www.curbly.com/users/brittni-mehlhoff/posts/16089-before-and-after-a-tiny-bathroom-gets-a-revamp#!LayqG ) and I just had to see where you found the wallpaper. It is awesome that you created it! way better than wallpaper.

  • Hi Jennifer! It’s Olympic’s Silver Spoon. -Jacki

  • This is so much nicer than I expected when reading the title! So light and lovely! Beautiful

  • Adorable! I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! Can do pretty much anything with this idea!

  • This is one of my favorite painting projects I’ve seen on your blog!! #Pinning 😉

  • I absolutely adore how elegant, fun, and subtle this is! I also love the tile on the lower part of them room – will you share the details on that lovely stuff?

  • Oh wow! I love this idea! I would love to do this on a ceiling in glow in the dark paint! Or even just on normal walls.

    Looks great!


  • This could be perfect for my room’s ceiling! <3

    xo Trisha

  • This is wonderful! Good job Laura! I love love love it!

    Lulu xx


  • I thought the exact same thing! My husband and I are expecting our first in October and the nursery is a pretty small room and I’ve basically decided that we’re going to do this in there. Maybe instead of the tile at the bottom (it will be a nursery afterall and not a bathroom), I would paint it like a dark teal or something. I can’t wait to try it on my own!

  • Probably about 3 hours total, it’s a small space 🙂


  • I love how subtle the print is, but it adds so much more depth to the room! It’s perfect! Just wondering, how long did it take you to paint?


  • I really love this teeny tiny space! And the tiling is so cute! I wish my tiny bathroom looked like this 😉


  • I love the look of this! What a simple and awesome way to give an area a little extra oompf! 🙂

  • LOVE this SOO SOO much! I can’t wait to get the book this summer and see all your great designs for the home. x
    xox Logan


  • This is uncredibly beautiful, it must have took you ages to do it.
    I really love it!

  • That is so awesome! I’m really gonna have to do this to one of my rooms.

  • I love this idea! Pretty and subtle enough to compliment the room while not overpowering the whole space. Great job!

  • I adore it. It’s quirky but not in your face. I also am in love with the tile halfway up the wall. I feel like that’s not something you see everyday. You guys ooze creativity!

  • Wow! I love it! This bathroom is crisp and pretty but adding such a subtle design, and constellations no less, really adds character. Great idea!

  • This is SO beautiful! I love the subtlety of the constellation color against the white of the rest of the wall. So pretty.

  • Holey Moley, I LOVE THIS! I am a huge fan of space and all that comes with that and this woul dbe my ideal wall decoration. Thanks for this tutorial guys – now to find a wall to do it on!


  • Such a unique and beautiful way to add a little something to a small space. On a side note where is that mirror from? I LOVE it

  • I love this! I’m linda sad now that our tiny bathroom is all tiles. I wish I could do something there but since we only rent…Maybe in a few years…

  • I’m totally in love with this! Such a wonderful idea, and a great way to add interest!

  • Love the colors you used. Would you mind sharing what the base paint color is? I looked above, but I don’t think it’s mentioned. Thanks!

  • That is SO cool! Yay for outer space! I would love to wake up and see that in my bathroom everyday!


  • …so pretty. Would make an awesome statement wall in a larger room too 🙂

    You could always say that the faux-constellations are there waiting to be named by your clever visitors – folks like the notion of having stars named after them, so why not whole constellations, even if they are made up ones!

  • This is so creative and whimsical! Reminds me of the fault in our stars! 😀


  • Love that idea!! I would actually love to see that on a ceiling in my apartment! Fun idea Laura!

  • this might be my favorite thing I’ve ever seen on this site. I am so inspired to do something similar with my fave constellations. Absolutely fabulous.

  • What a lovely idea! But I think it looks easier that it really is…

  • oh. my. god. i love this. i love this so much that i really want to go home right now and do this to my old grotty bathroom.

  • This is the main one I used:

    Laura 😉

  • Such a great idea!! I love this. Thank you for sharing! xo, Katy

  • I can’t help but to think of the quote “my thoughts are stars I cannot phantom into constellations” from The fault in our stars when I see this. Love it!

  • Probably about 3 hours total, it’s a small space 🙂


  • wow this is so cool! I would love to try this on walls one day.

  • so cool! it’s subtle yet totally awesome!



  • Where in the world did you find your sink’s faucet and handles? I have the same sink and desperately need to replace mine. Thank you kindly if you know a source!

  • This is absolutely amazing. Your handmade stamps are kind of incredible.

  • Genial el decorado hecho a mano, muy artístico, estamos pensando hacer alguna habitación con algo a mano alzada.


  • This is gorgeous, I love the uniqueness of it. The colors work so well in there as well!


  • This is JUST what I was looking for! Can you say guest bathroom makeover? #yes

  • This looks so pretty! Love the subtle shimmer… and much easier than wallpaper it seems.

  • I love this. It was an instant “wow” as soon as I opened the page.

    Do you have a source for the mirror?

  • That turned out awesome! Love the light color you chose!

  • This pattern is so inspirational! I want stationary of it or a background for my phone. I’m so into gray and geometric things. This would look cool in a baby room too! Lovely.

  • I have a wall in my living room that is not being taken over by art…I’m halfway tempted to do this….


  • That’s such a great idea! Looks very doable and inspires creating the same effect with other shapes, as well. Bravo! :^)

  • So cute! I love this. It’s the perfect pattern and the color was an excellent choice.


  • Love it! The colors are perfect and it adds a lot of personality to te room. This would be perfect for a kid’s room too. How much time did the project take? Aprox…
    Congratulations, you did it again!

  • Holy moly, is this ever cute! I have a constellation water bottle that’s one of my favorite things. I would have never thought to put constellations on my wall, but might need to make that happen!


  • Love how subtle, but impactful this is! Will have to favorite for later!


  • The mirror. I’m so curious about the woven hanging strap. It looks like it was a pizza paddle in a former life but I don’t think it was. Background, please!

  • This is quite possibly the greatest thing I have ever seen on the Internet. Love this SO much!

  • Ohh, I really like this! it looks like wallpaper. very subtle, very pretty.

  • Love the color used for this. Its subtle but still fun. The tiles used in the bathroom are also completely perfect. I’m in love.

  • This DIY brings a smile to my face, its so fun! Would love this on the ceiling of my bedroom! xo Eveline from fragilityofbeauty.nl

  • Awesome!! your bathroom is now fun and beautiful I love your ideas!


  • Laura, I’ve totally just fallen in love with this. . . I have the bathroom to do. New house, and the bathroom was painted this GROSS shade of brown, with chinese STICKERS all over. . . Im also pretty sure someone had a really hot bath right after painting, because the paint is all bubbled over the bath. They also clearly didn’t understand the paint goes on the wall. . not dribbled all over the skirting/ door/ pipes/ everywhere!! It’s going to near kill me to get it done right. but this is beautiful!

  • This is unbelievably fun! I could totally see myself doing this on a bedroom ceiling… or even using glow-in-the-dark stars and putting it in a kid’s room.

    <3 dani

  • I love this! You guys are so creative. I feel like I could never come up with ideas like this!

  • Hi Melissa! I did use the Olympic interior wall paint, but acrylics would work also, they just may not be quite as durable as in interior paint over time (but I’ve used those a lot on walls too) 🙂


  • Beautiful! I love the subtle color.. definitely not overpowering. Such a fun idea! 🙂 I also think this would look great in a kid’s room too!

  • I love the subtle touch it gives, but still adds something spectacular to the room. Now I really wish we were allowed to paint the walls in our rented home, because this would be the perfect thing for a room or two.

    Maybe I can put my Cricut machine to use & have the same effect with some vinyl cutouts. Good excuse to run to the craft store and use that 40% off coupon I got in the mail the other day. 🙂

  • This is gorgeous!! Perfect pattern for a nursery, too!! You guys are seriously geniouses!

  • SO fun 🙂 I’m an astronomy nerd, but am drawn to the whimsical nature of this print 🙂 You all should turn this into purchase-able wallpaper! I’d totally buy it.

  • Looks great! I love the tile and can’t wait for the full room reveal!

  • This is an awesome idea! I want to do this, but I can’t decide whether to do a white background or a dark blue. The dark blue feels right, but would make the room look smaller. Decisions, decisions…

  • This looks amazing! Did you use a particular kind of paint? Do acrylics work on walls that have already been painted? Thanks,

  • Great DIY and a small bathroom is the perfect place for this project.

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