Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Chevron Accent Wall

I love a good classic chevron pattern on a wall but decided to change it up just a bit.  My inspiration came from the pattern on the pillow in the lower right corner.  It has "chevron" style, but different.

After finding this inspiration I researched all kinds of blogs about painting chevron stripes on the wall.  The one I found to be most helpful was this one (click here).
Following Suzanne's instructions I first taped vertical stripes down the wall using Frog Tape (this tape did seem to do a little better than regular painters blue tape at keeping the lines clean).  I started in the middle- taped it, then found the middle on both sides of that -taped it, then found the middle of each remaining section- and yes, taped it.  Once again following Suzanne's instructions I made marks down the painters tape every 9".  Then you simply connect the dots so to speak with your tape, going from the top of one mark - diagonally down to the next mark on your right (or left).

Once that was done, I cleaned up the points where the tape met with a razor blade 
(carful not to cut the drywall).
Then I used the razor blade to cut out the vertical tape on every other "V".  My eyes were going cross eyed a little on this part but it all worked out.

Once that was done I was ready for paint!  I started with one coat of the existing wall color just to make double sure I didn't get a lot of "bleeding" under the tape.  Then two coats of my grey color ("storm" by Benjamin Moore).  Finally remove the tape while the paint is still wet.  

Why the unfinished look?  I'm lazy and didn't want to bother painting areas that future cabinetry will be covering!  It looks terrible - I know - but use your imagination!

I know many of you are thinking that this looks like way too much work - but the taping can be done a little at a time and painting another day if needed.  I think I spent about an hour each day working on this wall and it only took 3 days.  The only sad part to me is that the wall isn't very big so you don't get to see more of the pattern.  It would be very fun on a larger wall.  

The room still needs a lot of work (mostly cabinetry) before we can call it "transformed" but this was a small step in that direction.


  1. Wow, it looks great! You did a wonderful job at imitating the chevron fabric. I like how you tackled it, a little at a time, it's makes it seem more do-able.

  2. Wow, indeed! This wall looks amazing! Looks great in your laundry room! I know this room is going to look very fancy and classy when you are done. :)

  3. Fantastic job!!! How smart to think ahead , save some labor. Thanks for sharing:))

  4. That looks fabulous. I don't think I will ever get sick of chevron.

  5. This looks so good! I love it. I am still amazed that you find the time and energy to tackle projects like this with baby Tyson and all of the other things I am sure you have to do. Talk about super woman! :)

  6. I LOVE this wall. You have done so many great things to your home! One question - are your walls smooth or textured? I'm wondering if this wall treatment would work well on a wall that is slightly textured (I think they call it orange peel walls?) Thanks!