This past weekend, my sister and I took on quite the painting challenge. We painted one of the walls in her room chevron. It’s all the rage right now and everyone seems to be doing it, so we thought it should be easy enough. Well I can tell you right now, it definitely wasn’t a breeze, but it wasn’t all that difficult. Just takes time and a little patience. Luckily, we had an unlimited amount of both. All we needed was a few pieces of cardboard, chalk, paint, paint rollers, paint brushes and painters tape.
The first thing we needed to do was cut a 6×6 square out of cardboard.
Get ready for your patience to be tested.
Using chalk, trace your square onto the entire surface you wish to paint.
Now take another piece of cardboard and draw alternating diagonal lines in the squares.
It should look something like this once you’ve finished. After what seemed like hours…
…and lots of chalk dust later, you’re ready to start taping!
And so we began taping our lives away…
Now let me tell you about our taping fiasco. We had painters come last week to paint the inside of our house, so we told them to paint the wall white so we’d have a nice base. Turns out, they’d painted this wall barely 24 hours before we wanted to start chalking, taping, & painting. Because of this, we thought we would need the delicate tape so it wouldn’t rip off the fresh paint. We got home from the store with the tape and it must have been from a combination of the chalk and the texture of our walls, but as we started taping, it was literally falling off the wall. So this meant another trip to the store to get the regular tape. This worked a little better…until we ran out 3/4 the way up the wall. We didn’t want to go to the store for a 3rd time so we decided we’d make the delicate tape work. It felt like everything was going wrong and we were extremely worried the paint would seep underneath the delicate tape, but it all turned out okay as you will see.
This is what your wall will look like once you’ve finished taping! (Except, you’ll probably have better estimated the amount of tape you needed.)
Now it’s time for the fun part: painting!
For touching up around the edges and the trim it was easiest for us to use a brush.
We waited about 10-15 minutes until the paint set, and then started peeling off the tape.
The tape held up surprisingly well given the circumstances.
As you can see, the chalk left some unwanted yellow behind. We waited overnight for the paint to dry so we could clean off the chalk.
We weren’t quite satisfied with just the blue chevron, so we started taping again to add some silver accents on top of the stripes.
Silver spray paint seemed to be the best option for the look we wanted.
We were pleasantly surprised! The tape held up extremely well to the spray paint. Only needed to touch up a few spots in each row.
And here’s the finished result!
Overall, it was a lot to take on. It took a lot of patience to make sure everything was lined up and straight, but I would definitely say that the result is well worth the trouble it took to do it, just don’t take the commitment lightly!
Enjoy the rest of your day, let’s paint the world together!
Caroline : )
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