So one of the amazing things about having a girl is living vicariously through her. Lucky for me she happily goes along with it. She must love her mom. One thing that you will quickly discover about me is that I am almost done building a house. A lot of posts will be about new projects there or some new furniture I want to redo or decoration I think I can make. With that being said we are about a week from moving in and the carpet is just about to be laid so it’s a good time to get my daughters accent wall done. And not just any wall, a herringbone wall. Her color scheme is amazing and one that I can totally run with. Grey, Navy Blue, Coral, and Turquoise. Something else about me is that I love turquoise, doesn’t matter the shade, if it’s turquoise I can make it work.
I am not a painter, so to start with a project like this was a little bit out of my comfort zone, even worse was that I only had a small window to accomplish it in. I woke up this morning and said it’s now or never. I am going to share some of the things that I learned and hopefully what is in my brain will transpire to the wall. Our base color of our walls is Argose-it’s a grey color-sorry not a good description but it was part of the color scheme so it meant one less step I had to do.
Things I needed to paint this wall:
- Blue painters tape-I used 1 inch
- a ruler-worked great for measuring angles
- tape measure
- base paint color
- roller/brush/trim painter
- paint color
- 2 Sisters and 3 nephews-it was a wonderful surprise and even better for helping hold the measuring tape and helping with angles.
Hopefully this first part isn’t too overwhelming and frightens you away, I’ll admit it was a little intimidating figuring out the dimensions. Another secret about me is math is definitely not my best subject. My husband and sister-in-law helped get me through college math and I still didn’t do that great. With the help of a calculator and my sisters we figured it out. The length of the wall was 126 inches and I wanted it divided up into 4 sections vertically with the hope that 4 sections would make the wall seem bigger then with 6 small sections. That put the half way point at 63. I put a mark on the wall in 3 different spots vertically and then ran a piece of tape from floor to ceiling.
From that point I measure from the center of that line to each outside wall and marked at 31 1/2 inches and proceeded to mark those vertical lines the same way I did the center line. See not that complicated right.
K so now was the fun part. I knew that I didn’t want some strict pattern, I wanted it to be a modge podge pattern and look fun and youthful. What did I do? Just put up a piece of tape to see if the angle was what I wanted. You will need to decide how deep or narrow you want your V to be. I went with a wider V and was happy with the results. This was where the ruler came into play. I measured the distance from the top of the angle to the bottom to make sure the distance was the same from one end to the other.
This took the most time and it was hard to do since I kept feeling that I didn’t want a pattern and I was doing one. But when I would step back and look at it as a whole instead of an individual row it looked awesome.
I had read somewhere that doing your base coat before you do your paint color helps to seal the edges and would reduce bleeding so I trimmed the edges with a brush and rolled the base coat on and let it set overnight. It was hard to see all the tape get painted over but I knew it would be worth the work if there was little bleeding.
The next morning I painted the walls a beautiful navy blue called Blue Fedora. I trimmed the edges with a brush again and began rolling on the first coat of paint. My painter that was painting my house showed up and gave me some helpful painting advice. And yes I will share. He said to really load up my roller with paint, to not be scared to get paint on the floor, in my case it was fine since I didn’t have carpet yet but if you have carpet make sure to put some plastic down or be super careful as you paint, I splattered. He then said to do a light roll on the wall to remove some of the extra paint and to do a full ceiling to floor roll. I was only doing half way and could see my seams, once I did a full stroke it made a huge difference. Also add more pressure and as your roller runs low on paint decrease the pressure. And then repeat the whole process till the wall was finished. As a non-painter these were some good tips.
I then had to wait 2 excruciating hours before I went back to do the second coat. But I waited, and I waited and I waited. I repeated the first coat process again, trim edges, slather roller, roll ceiling to floor, repeat, repeat, repeat. As soon as the painting was complete I began removing tape, I should have taken a picture of my hands during this process because I could have been going for Smurf hands by the time I was done. I began by removing the tape from the edges and then working from left to right. It was very nerve-wracking when I first began, wondering if the 1 inch tape was too big, but as more and more of the herringbone design began to reveal itself I knew I had chosen wisely. It was a long process with issues towards the end due to the paint drying.
I think if I ever do this again I will paint a section and then remove the tape and then do that for each section so that I am pulling tape while the paint is still wet. This was the bad results towards the end and since I was learning I am willing to expose my imperfections.
I will have to take a brush and my blue paint and give this wall some extra love, but I learned that a project like this is doable and extremely fun and that it will be absolutely adorable when the bedroom is complete. Believe me I will be posting pics as soon as the room is complete. And my daughter is ecstatic and I can’t wait to have some late night talks in this amazing space that should last us into her teenage years(Sigh and wipe a tear).
Until next time,