Okay...so here's the deal. I'm pretty pleased with my bedroom. I'm happy with the layout, and the colour of the walls, and the artwork, but there's one little thing that irks me. I have one wall where I really don't have much space to do anything with. It's the wall that has my husband's chest of drawers (which is really just a glorified media stand - please talk to my husband about the size of the monster TV we have...it's ridiculous - especially when we very rarely watch TV in our bedroom) and my tallboy dresser which stands demurely beside that other monstrosity.
Fastforward one day and there I am at Dollarama (yes, I'm there on a daily basis) and I come across a plastic wall divider for $3 (2 pk! - not the Hip Hop artist, mind you...but a deal all the same). Lightbulb! I can use these beautiful plastic wall dividers as a stencil and create my own personal wallpaper using materials I already have at home. Sounds great right? RIGHT????
So, I've got my eggshell white paint ready (previously used for touching up some baseboards around the house - yes, I know I should be using something with a higher sheen, but let's discuss that another time, okay????), my roller in hand, my green painter's tape ready and my stunningly wonderful plastic wall dividers. I get those babies taped up on the wall (using my handy dandy level just to be safe) and I get my stencil on!
The paint has bled. Now you can barely see the pattern. I was not a happy camper - so sad, in fact, that I didn't take a picture of the end result so as not to be reminded of the tragedy. I get my Martha Stewart paint can up from the basement and paint over the stencil. Back to this:
So now I have this bee in my bonnet about creating a feature wall...but I've already established that a) I'm not buying wallpaper and b) I'm clearly not cut out for stenciling. So where does that leave me? I'll tell you where...It leaves me to peruse Pinterest for other ideas, leading to this:
Step 1) Paint the wall one of the two colours (Bingo Bango - already done and done - this IS really simple!)
Step 2) Grid your wall using chalk and a ruler. The author of my "official guide" used 7 inch squares and gosh darn it...SO AM I!
Step 4) Paint the wider chevron with your new paint colour. It's obvious, I know...but Dude...don't think I didn't say "paint the wide one" to myself three buhzillion times, because knowing my luck I would've painted the wrong part and then I'd be totally screwed...Seriously. This is my life.... Anyway, to paint my chevrons, I used a sponge brush to cut in at the edges of the walls and a small roller brush for the rest, and I had to do three coats (it probably could've used another coat...) - which is the nature of the beast when painting a lighter colour over a darker one...but dems da brakes, right?
Step 6) Let paint fully dry and wash off the chalk grid with a damp cloth.
Not to toot my own horn (yes, I know that one can't REEEEAAALLLY toot a horn when there were soooooooooo many fails, but give a sister a break, ok?) but the end result is super cool. The wall has now made the room seem deeper and longer and it really gives that boring ol' wall the pop that it so deserves!
Surely, now that you've learned from my MANY mistakes, you can do something like this too! If it does inspire you, send me a note. I'd love to see what you've created!