After posting photos of our home tour last weekend, I’ve been extra excited to share the details of the projects we’ve done so far – especially our painted wallpaper in dining room. I love that we were able to get the same effect as wallpaper by avoiding it altogether (there is nothing fun about putting that stuff up!) I also love that the design we chose isn’t permanent, and can be easily reversed with some white paint. For homeowners and apartment dwellers alike, it’s a great solution if you’re looking to add a special touch to any room. Best of all? It cost less than $38 bucks.
Now onto the fun stuff.
This is what the dining room looked like pre-painted wallpaper:
It was a perfect wall for some added visual interest, right? It was just a matter of what. To get the creative juices flowing, I started searching my two favorite sources for design inspiration: Pinterest and Houzz. I came across this photo and got excited because our dining room area has a very similar setup (side note: LOVE everything about this room!)
I kept looking, and came across this awesome tutorial on how to paint your own stenciled wall, sans the stencil. Then I found this blog post about a wall that was done using a high gloss/flat paint combo.
In taking all of these wonderful photos into consideration, we knew exactly what we wanted to do and got started by purchasing these items:
1 Qt. of Allen + Roth Marble Tile – Flat – $15
1 Qt. of Allen + Roth Vail (one shade lighter than Marble Tile) – High Gloss – $15
2 paint brushes from a local art store – $7
Painter’s tape – $0 (had it)
Drop clothes – $0 (had it)
Pencil – $0 (had it)
Scissors – $0 (had it)
Pattern – $.50 (see below for details)
Total Cost: $37.50
We downloaded a free pattern from Jones Design Company, the same woman who posted the tutorial I mentioned above (scroll to the bottom of the post for the link to the free pattern). I had it printed at a local print shop on their thickest card stock, and requested that they enlarge the image so the pattern would be a bit bigger. After some back and forth, the final size ended up being 10.5” tall x 8″ wide.
I used a regular pair of scissors to cut out the pattern. It wasn’t perfect, but it was good enough.
After painting the wall in our flat background shade, Allen + Roth Marble Tile, the tracing began. I started in the middle of the wall and worked my way up and out. Honestly, I didn’t have any particular method other than trying to keep the pattern straight! I kept going until the whole wall was covered.
Next up was painting over the traced lines with our high-gloss shade, Allen + Roth Vail. It took a steady hand and lots of patience because it did take a long time. Like, 10+ hours long. BUT… it was totally worth it because it came out great!
Here’s what it looks like now:
1. Get two real paint brushes (skip the dollar store!) – one that will give you the thickness you want, and a small one for touch ups. Just to give you a point of reference, our large brush is about 1/2″ wide, which translated to 1″ lines on the wall.
2. If you mess up, don’t freak out! When I was up close painting each line, I messed up a bunch of times and was sure I would need to start over. But when I stepped back and looked at the entire thing, it was hard to find my mistakes. It’s amazing what some distance can do for the naked eye.
3. I know I said this earlier, but this project requires a ton of patience and will take a long time. It may help to do an hour or two at a time so your focus levels stay up. We spread our project over several days.
That’s it! What do you think?