Everyone loves a good accent wall amiright? But here is the deal. Painters tape and stencils can only take you so far. They leave a huge margin for improvement. The tool of a lifetime? Sharpie Paint Pens. How excited would you be if you could have the look of custom designed wallpaper for less than $10? That is EXACTLY what this project is all about.
Here is a fun little video that we shot during the whirlwind makeover:
I first discovered this little nugget of love while I was decorating my living room. It was life changing. I have been itching to do another one ever since and Alicia’s office was the perfect spot. I needed something quick and easy that had an awesome impact. 3 cheers for paint pens!
If you are new to this project you will want to listen to this next sentence very carefully. DO NOT use a regular Sharpie. Like ever. You will curse my great great grandchildren if you do. You want an entirely different maker called a Paint Pen. Got it? Paint pens are your friends.
Doing this project again taught me a few new things that I am really excited to pass along!
In my first post I said that you should only use water based paint pens, and that was what I totally set out to buy…until I couldn’t find any black water based paint pens. So I thought “Self, lets just try it with the oil based pens…in an inconspicuous area of course.” Much to my joy it worked just as well as the water based pens AND you can totally paint over them (which I will show you in a minute!)
Start by finding the center of your wall, using a straight edge (I prefer a clear plastic cutting ruler, it wins every day of the week) draw a straight vertical line. Math and crunching numbers is my least favorite pastime. So I used a 6 1/2” fabric ruler for all of it. Pretty please use a level while you are doing this project!
Mark all of your vertical lines.
Once you have your vertical lines drawn comes the really fun part.
Mark every other line at the ceiling. This is going to be where the points of your pattern reach. Then place your ruler along the ceiling and on the opposite side of your ruler mark all of the lines that you skipped. That will leave you with a 6 1/2” space between marks.
Connect your dots.
Once you have your entire row connected, line your ruler up at the lowest point and mark 6 1/2” down on the same line. If you do it on the other lines you will end up with chevrons. Then line your ruler up on those marks and mark on the opposite side of the ruler on the skipped lines.
Connect your dots!
Repeat repeat repeat!
To add the second line, mark 1” down from the low point and connect it to the high points.
So easy, so cute!!
And because I never want you guys to think that it is always smooth sailing I thought it would be fun to share the entire process with you.
After I had drawn all of my vertical lines, I started making my points. Instead of spacing them 6 1/2” apart they were only 4”. I wasn’t loving it from the beginning, but sometimes you have to see how it is actually going to look before you give up on the idea.
Can you see how much more shallow the angles are? It just wasn’t my favorite. So I painted over them and started again.
When you DIY there is always trial and error. How sad would I have been if I had just continued with the first design knowing that every time I looked at it I didn’t love it? Its worth taking the time to make adjustments and fix it.
The look of custom wallpaper that is original, and removable and CHEAP! This project gets 5 stars in my book!
There are about a million other great ideas over at finditathomedepot.com, so head over there and check them out!