First off, the title of this post totally has me singing the Kriss Kross Jump song – you’ll think me later for sharing that link.
Other than Criss-Cross, I couldn’t think of a better description for this wall though – besides of course amazingly-awesome-and-total-game-changer-for-my-dining-room.
But that would have been a really long title.
Now, in true “Jenna” fashion, I discovered how and how not to do this type of accent wall.
I started out doing it one way and then ended up doing it another way.
Either way, this criss-cross accent wall was truly a huge game changer for my dining room and does make me wanna jump-jump.
Depending on what colors you want to use and how big your wall is, you can totally get by with $30 for creating this wall.
Yes, $30 for one huge impact.
Ok, I’ll quit referencing Kriss Kross songs now. Maybe.
Materials & Supplies:
- 2 – 2 inch width (technically 1.88 inch width) rolls of FrogTape (If your wall is smaller than mine, you may even need less.)
- Paint color(s) of your choice – I used SnowFall by Behr (1 quart, give or take a little. I had extra left over from the bathroom) and Oxyx Black by Glidden (1 quart).
- Credit Card
- 12 x 12 piece of cardboard or scrapbook paper
- X-Acto Knife
If you are cool with the current paint color on your wall and just want to add in the criss-cross, leave your wall color as is and just choose a color for the criss-cross. If not, go ahead and paint your wall. I wanted the crisp black and white combo, so I painted the wall first with my paintstick and Snowfall by Behr.
To make the criss-cross pattern, you are essentially creating squares that you will paint around. To start it off, take a piece of 12 x 12 cardboard or 12 x 12 scrapbook paper and place it in the top center of your wall turned sideways. Trace around the cardboard / paper.
After you have traced it, place your FrogTape along your lines. You want the outside edge of your FrogTape to go right along the traced lines, therefore keeping your overall square 12 x 12, but making the white space within the tape smaller than that. Make sense?
From here, you can go about making the rest of the pattern two ways. The first way is to place two pieces of tape along the edges of your square you just made and then trace another square, and repeat steps two and three until your wall is covered. Like this:
I did this method for a little while and then saw that my pattern was becoming quite uneven. I removed some of my uneven spots and started using a good old ruler and pencil to measure out the rest of my pattern. Either way you do it, I suggest using the 12 x 12 piece of cardboard or scrapbook paper to make your first square. The measurements below are what you should be using to get your squares right:
Just take your ruler and make tick marks, then put your tape along those marks and repeat.
Once you have all your pattern taped out, you need to go back and even up your tape edges, so that you have perfect squares and can paint around them. I did this with an X-Acto knife and ruler.
After your tape is squared up, take a credit card and use it to press firmly along the edges to seal the tape.
Paint around your squares.
After your final coat of paint, remove the tape.
And just so we remember how this space started, here’s the before:
Ya know it makes ya wanna jump jump!
Yea, I lied about the whole “I’ll stop referencing Kriss-Kross” thing.
I’m sure it seems like this took forever to do. It actually really didn’t. Once you get in the hang of marking your measurements, it goes really fast.
If you want to see the whole new dining room, you can tour it here.
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