Saturday, November 3, 2012

How to Paint a Chevron Wall

Well, after a long debate, I finally decided to go for it. I was very iffy about painting a chevron pattern on my main wall in the kitchen, as I did not want to mess it up. I am so glad I went for it!!!

Make sure you have one of your colors you want to use on your wall. I painted my entire wall with Sherwin Williams Navajo White.

I began by taking the measurement of the walls height and width. I then divided the width by how many columns I wanted. My wall is 10'-6" wide. I divided this into six sections (21" each). I then took my level and made a vertical line, floor to ceiling, every 21" with a pencil.

Next it is time to decide how thick you want each row. I liked the scale around 9"-11". The height of my wall is 95". After playing around with math, I found that 10 rows at 9.5" would be best. From here I measured down every 9.5" and again took my level and this time made horizontal lines at every mark I just made. This gave me a grid on the walls with long rectangular boxes.

 Beginning at my top intersection of the first box, I took the corner of the tape and made a diagonal line down to the next intersection. Shown on my graph here.

Make sure to use a straight edge and cut the tape so it makes a perfect point at each tape intersection. Also, don't forget to tape the outside of the lines with the row you want as your accent color (see photograph).

Time to paint! Decide which row you want as your accent color. Using the base color (Navajo White), paint every other row that will eventually be your accent row. The reason for this extra step is to avoid any bleeding. Then the waiting game begins. I let this dry overnight.

The next day it is time to break out your accent color. I am using a color from Restoration Hardware, Buttermilk. This is the color of all my woodwork and built-ins. Paint over the rows that were painted the day before in your color of choice, Buttermilk for me!

It may need an additional coat. If so let this one dry and then proceed with the second coat. Then...DO NOT LET THIS DRY!!!! I let mine get "tacky" but not dry. If you pull the tape when it is dry you risk the chance of cracking the paint.

Pull away...carefully to reveal your masterpiece!
(next we need to finish the back of the bench, base board and to hang the new light fixture!!!)