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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Herringbone Wall DIY

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend.  I knew I was going to be painting instead of losing sleep doing the Black Friday thing, so I stayed in and painted a wall.  I had been contemplating a focal wall, in my living room, for sometime now.  Chevron, stripes, all-over stenciled walls...I needed to give my living room an interesting element.  Since I don't have the luxury of owning a home with awesome molding or interesting architectural elements, painting is the best I can do in a rental.  So I ventured to our favorite idea site, Pinterest and decided on a herringbone design.

I followed this tutorial from Design Sponge, modifying it to fit my wall.



First, I measured my wall, and divided it in half.  At the halfway mark I taped with Blue Painters Tape, from floor to ceiling.   Then, I divided each of the sides in half too.  Using the blue tape again, from floor to ceiling. Next, I marked with a ruler and pencil, every 9 inches, down the center .  I started at the ceiling and worked my way down.  Like I said, depending upon how big or small your wall is, and how large and deep you want the zig-zags, the measurements will be different for everyone.  Mine ended up measuring, 8x21inches.

(Sorry for the horrible photo)

It took 2 coats of paint, and during the process I decided to leave a few of them un-painted.  I thought it looked kinda cool and gave it more appeal.  Once semi-dry (not completely dry or you run the chance of the paint peeling off with the tape, so use your best judgement) then remove your tape and enjoy!



I love how it turned out and for now, the wall stays bare until I can decide what to put on it.

It makes the best statement when you walk in the room,
 and I can't stop looking at it!






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