Thursday, May 29, 2014

Painted Herringbone Accent Wall with ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape

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I guess it's not a secret anymore that I'm not completely thrilled with my kitchen. If you pay attention, you probably sort of knew this already since I never show it on here. I have lots of ideas though to brighten it up. And today, I've partnered up with ScotchBlueTM Painter’s Tape to show you one of the projects...a herringbone pattern accent wall.

My kitchen does not look like it belongs in my house. I have transformed my whole house to be bright and light..aka white :) But the kitchen remains untouched, mainly because of my fear of painting the cabinets. So, I decided my first step was to paint this wall in hopes that it will start to look more like a part of my house. Here's how it looked before:
Plus, this totally was out of my comfort zone but I wanted something more than just a white wall. And I absolutely love herringbone patterned anything so I thought 'why not?'.  If this was out of my comfort zone, you can only imagine how my husband felt about it lol. I made sure to do it while he was gone. When he came back home and saw the tape and paint laying around he was like "do I even want to know?" I tell him daily he married the wrong person if he doesn't like change or the idea of painting anything.

To start, you'll need your supplies:
 ScotchBlueTM Painter’s Tape for Multi-Surface with Advanced Edge-Lock™ Paint Line Protector #2093EL
Level -laser or normal
Ruler -if your level doesn't have one.

Step 1: Find a starting point on your wall. I chose mine to be right in the middle. I then grabbed my laser level to mark the line where the tape should be placed.
From there, I decided to make the parallel lines 8 inches apart. I did the same thing with the laser level and used the laser as a guide to place the ScotchBlueTM Painter’s Tape.
I did this for the whole wall.
 I of course am a perfectionist so I decided to make sure the lines/tape were level using my level ruler too after each line was put up. Double checking is always better than having a skiwampus wall :)
Step 2: Decide what angle to put the connecting tape. I just picked some random angle that I thought looked good.
From there, I decided that each of these lines should be 8" apart also. No reason, just thought 8 sounded good. If you want a thicker pattern, then do more, or a smaller pattern then do less. I measured up from the top of each intersecting angle 8" and created a mark. I did the same from the bottom, measured 8" down and marked that. This is where the next pieces of tape will go.
Do this all the way up and down the wall.
Step3: Now to get the other rows done. To start, find one of the intersections from the vertical and angled pieces of tape. Place your level on the intersecting mark and then on the opposite side of the vertical tape, place a mark. This is where the tape will intersect on this row.
Now to make sure it is angled correctly; find the intersection of that same angled tape from above and then next vertical tape that it attaches to. At that intersection, use your level and mark where it should be on the piece of tape and row you are working on. This probably won't make sense at all, so see the below diagram :)
Remember, this should be 8" between every one of these sections.If you did the above steps correctly, they should already be 8".
Now do this all the way up and down every row.
I decided to frame the wall essentially be taping the top by the ceiling and bottom by the baseboards. If you need to add some angles, but don't have enough room where they will connect to the next piece of tape, just remember that it will be 8" away from every mark (see below illustration). So, find your first mark, 8" away from the intersection of the above or below piece of angled tape, and then go about an inch inwards from that mark and find the new 8" mark. As long as you have two points, you'll be able to get your angle now matter how close the points are.
Step 4: I had a really bad experience once with some other painters tape. I pressed it on real good and painted, and then when I pulled off the tape, the paint seeped soooo bad. It was horrible and ruined all my molding that I was trying to seal it off against. So, I like to take extra precautions :) I decided to take a card and just go over each piece ensuring that it was on the wall completely.
Now stand back and admire your work. It's a true work of art :) I was hesitant to even start painting this, it took so long to do, so I just sat there and stared at it for awhile lol.
Step 5: Paint. I tried to stay in the little 'boxes' but really once I started going, it was useless to try to stay in the boxes. So, I essentially ended up painting the whole wall. I used 3 coats of paint for this.
Step 6: Once the paint was all dry, I started to peel off the ScotchBlueTM Painter’s Tape and it left the most perfect sharp line. No seeping! Woohoo :)

Half way there!

And all done!
Now to accessorize!
I can't get over how this looks. I think this is one of my most favorite projects to date. You have no idea how much this helps this kitchen. It brightens it up and adds so much interest.
My husband thinks it looks like a construction usual, he's not a fan of it. I knew it would be out of his comfort zone :) That's why I do these things when he's not around lol.
I think the new accessories help also. I love being in the kitchen now :)
It really tied it into the rest of the house. I love the pattern play from the herringbone wall to the trellis pattern on the rug in the living room.
I also love how it looks on the arch. I wasn't sure about it at first, but thought it would be weird to just cut it off before the arch, so I just went with it and it turned out great! I'm so glad I did the whole wall too, just not a little section like I previously planned. Go big or go home, right? (we'll forget that this is my home in this case lol)
 The flow from this wall into the living room is perfect now also. It was sooo boring before. So boring.
This took a day to do, mainly during naps and extra moments of freedom. You can probably get it done in a few hours if that's all you are focusing on. I can't wait to get started on some more projects in here!

I used ScotchBlue Painter's Tape for Multi-Surface with Advanced Edge-Lock Paint Line Protector #2093EL (green core) and am happy with my results. ScotchBlue Painter's Tape Advanced Multi-Surface is ideal for baseboards, trim, metal and glass. You can get even better results painting wall designs, accent walls and stripes by using ScotchBlue Painter's Tape for Delicate Surfaces with Advanced Edge-Lock Paint Line Protector #2080EL (orange core). ScotchBlue Painter's Tape Advanced Delicate Surfaces is designed to provide super sharp paint lines on smooth, delicate surfaces like walls, cabinets, wood floors and freshly painted surfaces (24 hours old).

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  1. That looks AMAZING!! I so love it. I usually shy away from major measuring, but I may have to try. :)

  2. I love it! I just did the exact same thing in my hallway, but put my lines farther apart. I wish I had seen yours first -- I like the smaller pattern better! Looks awesome!!

  3. This looks SO cool, Alicia! Great job! ;)

  4. Love the pattern you choose! Looks fabulous!

  5. This is beautiful. I don't know if I have the steady hands to get the design right, but yours is perfect! It looks so good as an accent wall too, almost like it stands out even more. And I love the pattern. I was thinking about doing something like this for our living room, where I have one plain wall that seems to be screaming for something. I was thinking about using removable wallpaper. My thinking is it will be a bit easier for someone not skilled in arts and crafts. What do you think?

  6. Very nice application, and perfect color combination.*High five!

  7. Wow! I agree not all painter tape is the same. You have me convinced this tape is great stuff! That's a lot of crisp lines. Thank you for the detail about how to get the measurements right for a herringbone pattern.

  8. Stopping by from Thrifty Decor Chick. This looks awesome, and it was a great tutorial on how you taped the wall off. Great job!
    Katy @

  9. I love this! So chic! And I'm definitely investing in a laser level after seeing it in action.


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