Design & Remodeling

New chevron Wall=New favorite thing

I’ve never met a can of paint I didn’t like. Case in point-
Horizontal stripes I painted in my half bath-

New chevron Wall=New favorite thing
Chocolate colored paint in the dining room and painted wainscoting trim-
New chevron Wall=New favorite thing

Chalkboard paint I used in my kitchen-

New chevron Wall=New favorite thing

So, I figured that painting a chevron wall in my office couldn’t be that hard. And well…it wasn’t.
Let’s start at the beginning. I started with this small room that was currently not being used as an office.

New chevron Wall=New favorite thing

I decided to paint the room a pale turquoise to brighten things up.
New chevron Wall=New favorite thing

However, the pretty turquoise paint chip turned into a horrible nursery blue on the walls. We hated…


I’ve never met a can of paint I didn’t like. Case in point-
Horizontal stripes I painted in my half bath-

New chevron Wall=New favorite thing
Chocolate colored paint in the dining room and painted wainscoting trim-
New chevron Wall=New favorite thing

Chalkboard paint I used in my kitchen-

New chevron Wall=New favorite thing

So, I figured that painting a chevron wall in my office couldn’t be that hard. And well…it wasn’t.
Let’s start at the beginning. I started with this small room that was currently not being used as an office.

New chevron Wall=New favorite thing

I decided to paint the room a pale turquoise to brighten things up.
New chevron Wall=New favorite thing

However, the pretty turquoise paint chip turned into a horrible nursery blue on the walls. We hated it:(
I decided to try a silvery gray color to tone down the blue. I selected Glidden’s Gray Ghost color and had it color matched-
New chevron Wall=New favorite thing
New chevron Wall=New favorite thing
It looks a little dark in the photo, but it looks like a pale silver in real life. Although I really liked the color, I felt it was a little bland.
I always browse the ‘mis-tint’ or ‘accident’ aisle in the paint section at any home improvement store. I pick up quarts of paint in various colors that I think might work for future projects, often times just for a few bucks. I had picked up a darker gray color a few weeks ago for 50% off. I didn’t have a specific use for it at the time, but I was really drawn to the color. So, I decided to do an accent wall in a chevron (also known as herringbone) and use the gallon of grey paint.
New chevron Wall=New favorite thing
Armed with a gallon paint and some painter’s tape, I started measuring the wall.
1. I marked the middle of the wall and taped straight down the center.
New chevron Wall=New favorite thing
2. I then marked the center on both sides of the tape, dividing the wall into 4 equal sections.
New chevron Wall=New favorite thing
3. I measured the height of the wall and divided by the number of ‘stripes’ I wanted. Since I wanted 6 stripes, this would make each chevron stripe 8.5 inches tall. I marked each piece of tape at 8.5 inches all the way down. I then taped from the top of the first stripe to the next 8.5” across. (Sounds more complicated than it is:)
New chevron Wall=New favorite thing
4. I did this on the other side as well.
New chevron Wall=New favorite thing

5. The hard part is over! The taping is much more time consuming (although not that bad) than the actual painting. I decided on a whim to use some leftover lacquer I had from my bathroom vanity project to add some dimension to the ‘plain’ stripes. The lacquer was a clear gloss, so it did not change the existing wall color at all…just gave it high shine.

New chevron Wall=New favorite thing

You can kinda see the sheen on the 2 stripes here.
6. Time for the darker paint to go on.

New chevron Wall=New favorite thing

7. Time to rip off the tape! It’s best to do this when the paint is still wet. My favorite part!

New chevron Wall=New favorite thing

Words cannot describe how much I love this!!!!

New chevron Wall=New favorite thing

I’ll be showing the entire room tomorrow. It’s funny how the smallest spaces can quickly become favorites!
love, S

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