Retro Diamond Focal Wall

You know the saying “Diamonds are a girls best friend”?  Well.  I (apparently) have taken that to heart because I want to put them everywhere!!  Blush may be the new Black, but guys, Diamonds are the new Triangle.

Ashy’s room makeover is in full swing and I am loving it oh so much!  One of the easiest ways to spruce up a space is with a painted focal wall.  Today I am teaming up with ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape for this fun (and simple!) tutorial.

DIY Retro Diamond Focal Wall


I found this retro painting by Kenneth Noland and fell in love with the colors and style of it.  Ashy and I decided it would be a perfect accent for above the dresser.

Trans West, 1965



Start by deciding on the size of your diamond.  First things first, we moved the dresser into place so that we could make sure the scale was right.

We started by using a pencil marking the center of the wall and the width of the diamond.

Retro Diamond Pattern 1


Then measure 1/4 of the total width up and down and mark.

Retro Diamond Pattern 2


Connect the dots to make the outer edge of the diamond.

Retro Diamond Pattern 2 psd


Take the total width of the diamond and divide it by 6.  This number will tell you the distance between marks.  (Please note that you are making 5 marks, but creating 6 sections)

Retro Diamond Pattern Tutorial


Now take the width of one edge of the diamond and divide it by 6.  Mark the 6 sections down both sides of the diamond.

Retro Diamond Pattern 4

Connect your dots.

Retro Diamond Pattern 5



Now it is time to tape.  Our wall was freshly painted (wait at least 24 hours) so we used ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape for Delicate Surfaces with Advanced Edge-Lock™ Paint Line Protector (2080EL) (the orange one).


Tape along the outside of the diamond pencil marks.  Because of the nature of the stripes (with no white space between colors, you have to break the taping up into 2 rounds.  Tape along the outside of the 1st, 3rd, and 5th stripes.


One of my favorite tricks for PERFECT paint lines is to paint the wall color onto the tape before you start painting with your new color.  This will ensure that any bleeding is the color of the wall, not the new color that will be noticeable.

DIY Painted Diamond Focal Wall


After your paint is done for those 3 sections, gently pull off the Scotchblue Painters Tape and let it dry.

DIY Painted Diamond Focal Wall


Once it is dry, you are going to line your tape up against the edge you just painted and tape along the edges of the 2nd, 4th,and 6th stripes.

Bleed your tape lines with the color that it is against.  (For example before painting the yellow stripe we bled the taupe and the navy on the left and right, and white on the bottom and top.

DIY Painted Diamond Focal Wall



This technique, coupled with ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape will give you perfect paint lines every time.

DIY Painted Diamond Focal Wall


I am so in love with how it turned out.  It is the perfect Desert Nomad vibe that we are itching for.

DIY Painted Diamond Focal Wall

DIY Painted Diamond Focal Wall

DIY Painted Diamond Focal Wall

DIY Painted Diamond Focal Wall

DIY Retro Diamond Focal Wall


So now for the part that will really get you excited! Everyone loves winning money right!?  Well you can enter the Home of ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape Contest at October 1, 2014 through November 15, 2014 and you could win $5,000 to put towards a home makeover! The first 500 to submit an eligible entry will receive one (1) roll of the new ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape with Advanced Edge-Lock™ Paint Line Protector!

Check out this project as a featured project example in the contest! There are also mounds of idea on HOSB’s social pages! ScotchBlue™ Facebook page ScotchBlue™ Twitter page ScotchBlue™ Pinterest page

And stay tuned, because this room makeover is on the fast track to amazing!






Contest open to legal residents of the U.S. and D.C. (excluding AZ, MD, NJ, ND, TN and VT),

who are 18+ (19+ in AL & NE and 21+ in MS) at the time of entry. Void where prohibited. Enter from October 1, 2014 at 12:00:01 a.m. CT through 11:59:59 p.m. CT on November 15, 2014. All contest communications, entry/judging criteria and details subject to the full Official Rules. To enter and for Official Rules, visit Sponsor: 3M Construction and Home Improvement Markets Division, St. Paul, MN.

I am proud to be a 3M sponsored blogger, and, as part of my responsibilities, I get the
opportunity to evaluate products from ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape. Opinions are my own and
additional product used in the project were selected by me.

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Saturday Snaps | 2

So many amazing things on the internet this week!!


|| ONE ||  Jamie (my right hand gal) created a really fun tutorial for the secret project in this week’s newsletter.  So.  Here is the deal, I am going to give you the link, and if you love it, then you should wholeheartedly consider signing up because she brings this kind of magic into your life every Friday morning!



|| TWO ||  In the comments on yesterday’s bare all post, one reader (thanks Adriana!) recommended this TED talk by Eat Pray Love author Elizabeth Gilbert.  It is wonderful listen for everyone who feels like they are creative and struggling, or creative and just had a massive success.  Or you know, just creative.


|| THREE ||  I get asked pretty frequently about the little crystal skull planter that is in Macie’s Bedroom.  It is sort of one of those unicorn pieces that I found at Homegoods (strike one) during Halloween (strike two) on clearance (strike 3).  So the chances of you guys finding one is slim.  I saw these skull shot glasses on clearance at UO yesterday while rug shopping and thought I would share! (affiliate link)

Retro Bohemian Teen Bedroom Makeover


|| FOUR ||  Do you read Monsters Circus?  It is FULL of inventive DIY’s and oh so inspiring.  I could do an entire post just on her awesome ideas.  This floating vase project is beautiful.



|| FIVE ||  These are on our to do list this weekend… Thanks Joy,  thanks a lot.




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