In planning our homebirth, one of the big things that we keep coming back to is having a comfortable space to labor in. One of the books I read (or articles? Honestly, I’ve read so many now that I can’t keep track of where things came from anymore!) talked about having a space in which you can’t be distracted into thinking about things that need doing- like dusting or putting pictures up or other irrelevances like that. Which resonated big time with me since that is PRECISELY how my brain works.
Since it would be utterly impossible (without a jackpot win tomorrow) to get the entire house painted and put together and finished by mid August, we’re focusing on finishing our bedroom and turning it into a place of rest and sanctuary. We’ve been working on a lot of really huge projects from making & staining our bed frame to making a ridiculously labor intensive comforter to painting and all the little bits of decor choices that go into a room. Having a deadline is kind of nice, though- we’ve had to keep plugging away and knowing it will be done in the next 6 weeks or so has kept a ginormous project from feeling endless. (I tend to give up on rooms at about the halfway point because I always feel like the projects to get it ‘finished’ will never be done!)
I’ll write about the other projects another day. 🙂 For now, here’s our chevron accent wall behind the bed:
(You totally can’t tell from this picture that the rest of the room hasn’t even been started. 😉 )
LOVE. I can’t even tell you how in love with this wall I am. Yes, it was a monster of a project. But actually not as bad as I was expecting it to be.
Here’s how we did it!
First, I painted the wall one color all over- two coats. Our chevrons were just two colors of gray that were next to each other on the paint chip and the rest of the walls will be the lighter color, so I painted that one first. While I was at it, I edged the corners so that we won’t accidentally paint over the chevrons when we do the adjoining walls.
(Sorry, no pics- this is a boring step and I wasn’t thinking about it!) I let it dry for about a week. I didn’t mean to let it go so long, but hey… Life. It happens.
The simplest DIY chevron tutorial I found was this one. Super easy once you decide how big you want your chevrons to be. I pulled the newsprint roll out and mocked up 3 sizes (8″x, 10″, and 12″) and taped those to the wall. It was more work (more stripes), but I wanted to keep them smaller so they wouldn’t dwarf any artwork we put on the wall. So we picked (ok, I picked, but hubby was nice enough to agree with me) the 8″ size.
So we measured the wall corner to corner and divided it in half. Then we marked in 8″
intervals from that center mark all the way to each corner. We made a 2nd mark a few feet up to make our chalk lines more accurate. Then we marked them with the chalk line. For the horizontal, I wanted to start midstripe rather than at the bottom of one (since the top of our ceiling is angled, we were going to have partial chevrons all along the top and I didn’t want it to look uneven by starting with a full one at the bottom). Clear as mud? Good. We started halfway through one chevron, so the first measurement was at 4″ up from the baseboard. Then we measured 8″ up from that mark and again and again all the way to the ceiling. Marked them with chalk again. Now we have a beautiful chalk line grid!
Next up, lots of tape! I think I went through about 3 rolls of tape doing this but I’m honestly not sure. I just put on a show and worked. Basically, the stripes that you’re going to be painting with your second color should be the full 8″ (or whatever
measurement you use). Which means that your tape needs to be OUTSIDE of the painted stripes. So when you finish taping, you’ll have 8″ stripes and then 8″ minus two tape width stripes. It makes more sense once you do it. I put bits of leftover tape in the “do not paint” stripes, but they weren’t really necessary (and actually a bit annoying when we had to go find them and remove them at the end). It was easy to see which was which once we got going. Just be sure that the points of the chevrons on the paint stripes are super sharp and crisp.
Now, unless you get the really expensive tape (and maybe to be safe even if you do), you need to seal the edges of the tape to keep your 2nd color from leaking under and giving you ugly messy edges- sharp, crisp lines are a must to make this look good. We went ahead and wiped off the chalk marks from anywhere that was still visible. Then we got out the 1st color again and did a quick, light 3rd coat over the entire wall, tape & all. Let it dry for an hour or overnight- if you’re in a hurry, it just has to be dry enough that you won’t smear and swirl it when you start the next color.
You’ll still be able to see the tape through your coat of paint without any trouble. (You could just paint the edges of the tape on the to be painted stripes by hand if you have a small area. This wall was huge, so we just got the roller back out and got it done pretty quick.)
Now, take your second color and just paint the wider stripes, being careful not to paint over the opposite edge of your tape. You can see me starting this process in the picture above.
Once your stripes are all painted, take the tape off. I really wouldn’t leave the tape on longer than it takes you to finish painting and get back to where you started in case it dries too well and starts pulling paint off along with the tape. We did have a couple of spots where it did this even taking it off while the paint was still tacky.
Here it is almost done! You can see where all the tape is gone but we still have a few chalk marks that were hiding under the paint and there are a few spots we need to touch up with one color or the other.
Now with the touch ups done. 🙂
(See our beautiful bed? Hubby saw a photo online of a similar one without plans and came up with his own. The LED light strings under it have dimmers and a switch on each side so either of us can turn them on without getting up. Plus, they’re a whole lot less likely to wake the other person up than a cell phone flashlight or the lamps. It needed a beautiful wall to frame it- it’s so fun to walk in to the bedroom and see all the things we’ve put our time into. It will be a wonderful place for little Spawn to be born into. Pics & posts on the bed and the comforter coming soon- and that wall won’t stay blank for long!)