Last week I left you with a design board that included visions of palms, pink, black and green dancing in
your my head. The master bedroom makeover’s theme is Well Traveled – one of FrogTape’s 2016 design trends.
This week’s master bedroom makeover update is about the prep – creating a pattern on your wall with FrogTape® to make a kick-butt and take names accent wall.
If you remember from my design board, I wanted to do a variation of the pattern I painted on my office closet doors and also on a larger scale.
And that’s exactly what I did. First though, I had to get the walls painted.
To start with, I taped off all the trim in the room with FrogTape® Delicate Surface. I had actually sprayed my trim with my paint sprayer just a couple days prior to painting the walls and before new carpet went in, so I used the Delicate Surface since the paint was still fresh.
After painting all the walls pink, I turned my attention to the one wall that would be my accent wall. First I measured it’s length, which was 196″. To get the design I wanted, I needed to create multiple even sections across the wall. I played with the 196″ and found that if I divided 196″ by 7, I would get seven 28″ sections across the wall. At that point, I went across my wall and made a mark at every 28 inches.
After making my marks, I used a level to draw a line vertically down from each mark.
After that, I ran strips of FrogTape® vertically right over those marks. I had let my paint dry for nearly a week, so I went with the FrogTape® Multi-Surface on this wall.
Obviously, the tape width is larger than the line (I used the 1.41″ width), so I just eyeballed the line under the tape and kept it in the middle of the tape as I ran it down the wall.
Next, I used a yardstick and marked 6″ and 18″ down from the ceiling on every other strip of tape.
On the other strips of tape, make marks 12″ down from the ceiling.
Next, run pieces of FrogTape® diagonally from the 6″ and 18″ marks to the 12″ marks to create diamonds.
Continue this down the wall.
You will also want to run strips of tape on both edges / corners of the wall as well as seen in the photo above.
I wanted to add in one more “layer” of pattern underneath this one. To do this, I got back out my yardstick and made a mark 30″ down from the ceiling on the strips of tape that had originally gotten the 6″ and 18″ marks. On the strips of tape that had originally gotten the 12″ marks, I made marks 24″ and 36″ down from the ceiling.
Next, I ran diagonal tape strips from the 24″ and 36″ marks to the 30″ marks to make more diamonds.
Use an X-Acto knife to even up your tape edges and to remove the strips of tape in the middle of the diamonds as shown below.
Use a credit card or your fingertips and firmly push down along all the tape edges to seal it.
After all the tape was secured down, I painted over the wall with black paint.
I did two coats of the black. I could have probably gotten by with one coat, but did two just for good measure. I used FrogTape® Multi-Surface for the accent wall. I had waited about a week between painting the wall and doing the taping and painting of the design, so using regular FrogTape® would be just fine for this part of the project.
Immediately after applying your last coat of paint, remove the FrogTape.
I had been feeling pretty good about the pink and black color scheme. But, when I got all the tape off the feature wall, I wasn’t loving the pink and black together there.
While the black trim and plain pink walls worked well on the other two walls in this room, it just seemed too much on the feature wall. So as I like to say – I had to back up and punt. I opted to change the pink on the feature wall to white. Instead of mapping out my entire design again, I just used FrogTape® Delicate Surface and taped off around the black parts of the wall and painted the white in-between. And after two coats of white paint and removing more tape…
I got exactly the product I’d been looking for.
This wall is by far one of my favorite feature walls I’ve done to date. What do you think about it?
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by FrogTape®, however all opinions and love of diamond patterned walls are 100% mine.
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