Friday, October 25, 2013

On to Plan B...

A couple of days ago I mentioned that I was going to be working on an accent wall in the rec room in our basement. I had bought a beautiful herringbone stencil from Royal Design Studio for the wall.


I started tracing around the stencil lines and it became apparent very quickly that the stencil wasn't going to work on our textured walls. There was only 1/8" of an inch between the blocks, which isn't enough of a space on a fully textured wall. So, I painted over what I'd traced, and I quickly devised a Plan B. {I'll use that beautiful stencil some other way!}

Plan B is comprised of miles and miles of 1" painters tape and a whole lot of patience. I began by making vertical lines 8" apart on the wall. Our long level became my best friend...


Then I created a herringbone pattern, copying the same shuffled herringbone pattern as on the stencil. My pattern is twice as big as the one on the stencil. The painters tape serves as the lines between the herringbone pattern. Because this is a shuffled herringbone pattern, I put a little piece of tape on the sections to be painted. Then I covered those areas with white paint to seal the tape so there would be crisp lines when I added the colored paint...


To say this is a labor intensive project is a gross understatement. I worked on this project for more than 8 hours yesterday and this is as far as I got...


I'm going to finish the taping today, and I might even start adding the colored paint. Can't wait to see the finished project!

UPDATE: Go here for the finals outcome of this fun wall!

6 comments:

Gail Wilson said...

oh my gosh Suzanne, that is going to be fabulous when you're finished! Kudos to you for the patience my friend. :)

I did a stencil on my bedroom mirrored closet door....it took me 5 hours! Happy to hear that you're putting the base color on for those clear/crisp lines.
I'll be waiting for more details
gail

Shannon said...

It looks like it will be amazing!

Gemini Jen NZ said...

Great problem solving! And patience/determination - I am sure the results will be worth it!

margaret said...

this is certainly taking time but they do say if you prep well the finish will be wonderful

sandy said...

How did you keep your angles in check?

Suzanne said...

Sandy,
Go here:

http://justanotherhangup.blogspot.com/2013/10/herringbone-accent-wall-finished.html

for the explanation.
- Suzanne