Friday, July 22, 2011

Living Room Makeover, Part 1: Herringbone Wall

Remember a couple of days ago when I posted the sneak peak picture, and told you that I went through 2 large rolls of Scotch Blue Painter’s Tape in one day?
living room project, herrignbone wall (1)

Well today I am going to show you the finished product.
living room project, herringbone wall (15)

Our hard work totally paid off, and the wall looks so good. 
living room project, herringbone wall (3)living room project, herringbone wall (8)

 I saw this picture on Pinterest, and it was love at first sight. I’ve always loved herringbone pattern in fabric.
herringbone wall from pinterest
This wall was created by Laurie, and featured on Design Sponge. And there’s even a short tutorial on how to recreate the herringbone patterned wall.

The first thing we did was paint all of our walls. We used Dutch Boy’s Refresh Paint.  One reason I chose Dutch Boy’s Refresh paint was for the low paint fumes, and zero VOC. It was really important to me to not have our house smell like paint fumes since we have a baby  and a toddler. And with the summer heat, there was just no way I was going to paint without the AC on and the windows open.  I purchased our paint from our local Orchard Supply Hardware.  After looking at Dutch Boy color samples online, I had initially thought of going with Dutch Boy’s Empire State, but on the same paint sample card, there was another color that caught my eye, Modern Classic. I went home with two samples, one in Empire State and one in Modern Classic.  I chose Modern Classic.  I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this gray…seriously love.  It’s lighter than Empire State and was perfect for us. I painted 3 of the walls in Ultra White and the Herringbone wall in Modern Classic gray.

After painting the wall gray we found the center of our wall, and began measuring, marking, and taping off our vertical lines.
living room project, herrignbone wall (2)

Next, on our vertical lines of tape we measured down every 10 inches.  We then used the painter’s tape to make the v's of the herringbone pattern.
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Once everything was taped off we painted every other row with Dutch Boy’s Refresh Ultra White.  And we also went over the gray rows with a clear gloss to give the herringbone pattern dimension. We used Rust-oleum’s Painter’s Touch Clear Gloss. 
living room project, herringbone wall (1)

You can see how the gloss changed the sheen of the Modern Classic and adds a subtle dimension to the pattern.
living room project, herringbone wall (6)
After brushing on the gloss we waited about 20 minutes before pulling off the tape from the wall.

I was really nervous about whether or not the Scotch Blue Painter’s Tape would create clean lines, or stop the paint from bleeding through since our walls have a lot of texture to them, but the tape worked great.  There were only 2 or 3 small spots where paint seeped through, but again our walls have a lot of texture to them.
living room project, herringbone wall (13)
I would definitely use the tape again to do our next project. (I’m thinking stripes in our room or maybe creating some kind of pattern on my own?)

living room project, herringbone wall (14)
I think the herringbone wall is pretty cool, and I feel ultra accomplished now that it’s done.

I also have plans to bring in fun accent colors, like blues and maybe some yellow to the room. I am searching Craigslist for the perfect dresser to redo to change out the TV stand, I am scouring the net to find new slip covers for the couch and loveseat since the tan ones just don’t go anymore, and I also want to get some window treatments, curtains or blinds… or both?

So much to do, but hopefully I can make it all work and come together. Now to save up so I can finish the rest of the room!

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32 comments:

Delaney said...

That is a ton of work, but it paid off!

Christine said...

A job very very well done!! I love that gray too...

bonniegetchell said...

It looks AWESOME! Great job!

-Bonnie @ Revolutionaries
http://bonniegetchell.blogspot.com

Courtney K. said...

You're right! That work really paid off!! Looks great!

Nicole said...

That looks SO great! Wow, you have much more patience for painting projects than I do :-)

Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen said...

Very impressive! You are so gutsy and it really pays off!

ChanandJess said...

This is SO gorgeous!!!!!!! Excellent job! It's completely amazing.

Kry said...

It looks so good! All that hard work was definitely worth it.

Kim @ Mamas Monologues said...

Oh my goodness, this is GORGEOUS!!! This turned out so well! I love it!

Liz said...

That looks awesome!

Ashley J said...

I love it! Great job!!!

xoxo,
Ashley J @mommybydacrafterbynight.blogspot.com

Jessica said...

Oh wow, it looks great! Makes me want to do that to our wall. Wish I had the patience.

Meghan A said...

after you put the tape up, if you paint the edges with the under color and then after it dries paint the second color, it helps with seeping under the tape lines. They also make a sealant that you can use.

Eisley Rae Clothing said...

LOVE it. It turned out amazing. I so wish I had the patience to do that. Beautiful.

Rags to Stitches said...

It turned out so great!! I love it!!

MarilennAlcantara.Com said...

That is gorgeous Jen!! I'm so jealous!!:D

Green Door Girl said...

gorgeous, great job and WAY more patience than I have... I just started a mini-chevron project and I plan to free hand the whole thing because I have no desire to tape and my project is 12 inches by 14 inches not a whole wall! :)
Congrats it turned out great - linking over from A2Z

driftwoodesign said...

The herringbone looks amazing. Great job.
Kristy @ 4 the love of WOOD

mollydianeh said...

WOW!! That wall ROCKS! You are VERY talented (and patient). Can't wait to see the accents!

Steph said...

Jennifer this is AMAZING! Great job!

Natalie Cross said...

awesome! i'm featuring it today!
http://beachhouseinthecity.blogspot.com

Colleen @ MuralMaker&More said...

Good grief, Girl! I'd never have the patience. You talk about me?!? Ha! Man, you've got skills!

And guess what, I find this post while stumbling :D WhooHoo!

ArturoVillegas said...

if you dont want the paint to bleed, paint the edge of the blue tape the same color that is underneath it, that way if it bleeds it will bleed the same color. you will have the sharpest lines you'll ever see.

ArturoVillegas said...

it is twice the work but it pays. i usually paint the edge of the blue tape and then top it with primer, so you don't get diferent shades of colors.

Mickey said...

Wow. I've just decided to paint the inside of my wardrobe with grey and yellow chevrons for a cheery surprise each morning. Now I know EXACTLY how I'm going to do it! Thanks!

Catharine said...

Oh wow that came out perfect! I love anything grey/white or herringbone, so you really won me over with this project! Love it!

xo Catharine @ Your Modern Couple

bigguysmama said...

Oh my gosh, that is superb! You did an amazing job and I love the photos of the entire experience. Love the close up to show the sheen on the gray! Fantastic!

~Mimi

Kimberly Gauthier said...

Wow! Nicely done. This looks like something from HGTV. I love how the wall turned out.

Visiting from SF :) Thanks for sharing this link!

Jules from A Little Bite of Life said...

What an amazing job! Your hard work definitely paid off-it is gorgeous!!!

Helene said...

That is awesome!!!! Wow!!!!

Sobrina Tung said...

you did such an awesome job! I didn't even have the patience to do this on a small water carafe the whole way through!

ournextgreatadventure said...

Hi! Just wanted to say thanks for the inspiration. I used the herringbone pattern on a canvas in my living room & I love it! I posted about it today if you'd like to check it out. :)
Sarah