Monday, 29 October 2012

Bedroom Progress: Chevron Striped Wall

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Am I the only one who starts a project with an exact idea of what they want, and then changes their mind at the last minute and does something completely different? As regular readers know I am currently decorating my boys’ bedrooms. My eldest son, being 7, was given some choice in the matter and requested a grey bedroom with a painted feature wall and a gallery of frames where he could display his own artwork, (he has clearly inherited my taste!)

So there I was, planning to paint a grey room with a grey and white striped feature wall. Just plain old horizontal stripes. But then I hit Pinterest and started coming across pictures like this:



And I instantly fell in love with the chevron pattern! So this is how I’ve spent every spare minute of last week...

The room has just been newly plastered, so I started by painting the woodwork, the ceiling and the walls. Three were painted grey and one – the one I’d earmarked as being the feature wall – was painted white.


When it came to taping the chevron pattern I briefly considered buying Frog Tape (a professional painter’s tape) but I’d read bad reviews about it taking chunks out of new plaster, so in the end I opted for regular masking tape. The first thing I did was figure out how many vertical strips of tape I needed – fortunately when I measured the room it was exactly 12 foot wide which made the logical distance between each strip a nice and simple 3 foot. Physically putting the strips up was a little challenging as our 1930s house has high ceilings. I wasn’t too precious about measuring if the lines were exactly parallel as our house is built slightly wonky anyway, and things tend to look better if I do them by eye rather than relying on tape measures.

To do the horizontal zig zags I used a metre stick to mark lines at 14 inch intervals from floor to ceiling on every length of tape then sort of played "join the dots" with strips of masking tape, which was kinda fun. I plucked the “14 inches” out of thin air and it serendipitously turned out that the ceiling height was exactly divisible by that number; if only the rest of the project had worked out so well.



To stop the grey paint bleeding underneath the tape I painted the edges with white paint first and left it to dry. It’s a technique I’ve used in the past and it always works for me.



Next I used a small roller to fill in all the areas I wanted grey. 



But I was dreading the next bit... removing the masking tape. After leaving the grey paint to dry for 24 hours I carefully peeled it all away, and most of it left beautiful, neat straight lines like this:



But I was having one of those days when nothing goes right and a few areas looked more like this:



For some reason, that darn tape really put up a fight along the outside edges of the wall and took huge chunks of the paint with it. I’d mentally prepared myself for having to do a bit of patch up work, but it was a little lot dispiriting to have to devote yet another day to patching up the messy paintwork.

If you stand up real close you can still see which areas were damaged because they aren't as perfect as the rest of the wall, but since the paint damage was mostly contained to around the edges it isn’t too noticeable overall and I’m still really pleased with how it looks:



Despite the fact it took a fair bit of effort and there were a few expletives used when it was all going wrong, I would do it all again! I’m taking a short break from decorating this bedroom now because I need to get littlest boy’s room painted before his new bed is delivered, but when I return to this bedroom in a couple of weeks my to do list looks like this:

·         Buy wardrobe
·         Buy new bedding
·         Take a trip to Ikea and stock up on frames for creating a gallery way.
·         Convert cupboard (currently being used as a wardrobe) into desk area.

I’m  hoping to post the big reveals for both boys’ bedroom before the end of November (but no one remind me I said that if that estimate turns out to be wildly over ambitious!)

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Just a quick shout out about the Fall Pinterest Challenge which I'm linking this post up to. You can join in through any of these blogs:

Young House Love

Bower Power

Our Fifth House

The Ugly Duckling House

24 comments:

  1. Angela, that's brilliant, I love it! I have been feeling nervous about painting chevrons onto a chair, so credit to you for tackling such a big project. Look forward to seeing the boys finished rooms, you will get there when you get there - no pressure!

    Antonia x

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    1. Thank you Antonia!I love it too, even if there were stressful moments when I wanted to give up and bang my head against the wall :)

      I've got some different tape now that supposedly can be left on for up to 3 days without damaging paintwork, so I'm hoping painting Ryan's room will entail slightly less touching up rough patches!

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  2. wow...you must just love the look!! how fun. good for you!!

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  3. I love the wall!! I too had a "great chevron painting disaster of '12"...it turned out well in the end but it does break your heart when the tape does that!

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    1. Thanks Sarah. It's always reassuring to hear that other people have been through the same DIY disasters :)

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  4. Your wall is absolutely beautiful! All of your hard and tedious work definitely paid off and I love the gray color choice too!

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  5. wow, it looks stunning. Well worth all that hard work! I would LOVE for you to link this up at my Ginger Jamboree Link Party!!

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  6. We recently completed horizontal stripes in our home and it was a ton of work! I know this must have been even more, great job! You can check out our striped room at http://createbakecelebrate.blogspot.com/2012/03/guest-bedroom-horizontal-stripes.html

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    1. Love it, thanks for sharing! I'm just about to start on the walls in our third bedroom and am doing horizontal stripes- I'll let you know which is more work!

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  7. hey there, great job! What color gray and white paint did you use? Thanks!

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    1. They are both B&Q paints. The white is just the 'Brilliant White" wall and ceiling paint. The grey is "Light Rain" from the Colours range.

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  8. Just stopping by to invite you to My Wednesday Linky party. http://diycraftyprojects.com/2012/10/whatcha-work-up-wednesday-linky-party-6.html

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  9. Looks so pretty! How terrible what happened with the tape. I feel your pain, I know how it feels when you think you're done and something like this happens. But in the end it came out great. Pinning it, I need to do something with the wall at the top of the stairs and this would be perfect!

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    1. Good luck! I think the key to not damaging the paint so much is to rip off the tape while the paint is almost dry rather than totally dry. Or so someone has told me :)

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  10. this looks amazing! i love the chevron, but even more with the extra stripe...are they calling this herringbone or something? either way, it looks fabulous!

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    1. I think you're right and it's technically "herringbone" :)

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  11. Looks great!
    Love the chevron!
    Would love if you stopped by my party to link this up!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

    http://staceyembracingchange.blogspot.com/2012/10/creative-inspirations-linky-party_31.html

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  12. It looks great! Something always goes wrong with my stuff all the time too! Actually this kind of thing just happened to me with my pumpkin! haha

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  13. Oh it's just gorgeous!!! What an impact - especially love the gray color you chose.
    And just a tip? Never let any kind of painters tape dry with the paint on it - you have to remove it while the paint is still tacky ( I learned that many years ago through trial and error lol ) Definitely your newest follower - and would love to have you come by for a visit and follow back when you have the time?

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    1. Thanks for the tip, I'll definitely keep that in mind for my next paint project! Always happy to have a new follower- I'll be paying you a visit when I have some free time :)

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  14. Congrats! You were featured today at Keep Calm & Link Up! Come on by and grab a featured button!! Can't wait to see what you link up this week :o)

    xo, Meredith @ www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com

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    1. Oh thank you! The Keep Calm & Link Up party is one of my favourites because you get so many great people linking up their projects there. So I'm honored that my post made the features!

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  15. Looks great. Ive always had success taking the tap off when paint is at "just tacky" stage. If you wait too long paint dries to take and them disaster. Starting my boys rooms. Gray walls and white and Kelly Green chevron accent wall.

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