The Nugget: Retro Diamond Sharpie Wall Pattern
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Hey guys!! Happy Wednesday! If you have read Vintage Revivals for any amount of time you probably know that Sharpie Paint Pens are my right hand man for awesome walls. They are just so great for designs that are too detailed for tape or stencils, and they are SO much cheaper and easier to cover up than wallpaper.
I knew that a largeish scale pattern for the the walls in The Nugget was what I wanted. (You know when you just picture something that way from the get go?) But I had a hard time trying to decide what pattern to do. I tried (and failed) a few with a black paint pen on the white walls and it just didn’t look right. The patterns were too weird and it just looked crappy.
So much trial and error is happening in this little guy. *sob
After the little “come to Jesus” that I had with myself over the blah-ness I went out on a Google quest to find a really amazing retro but not too retro pattern. One search lead to another and I stumbled upon this amazing wallpaper pattern by Romo.
Isn’t it so good!?! The paper itself didn’t come in the colors that I was looking for but the pattern was perfect.
Trying to find the easiest way to replicate it was a bit of a brain bender. Stenciling was out because of the negative space and the lines are just so teensy. Vinyl would have been a great option but The Nugget lives outside all year round and I can picture walking outside in the heat of the Southern Utah summer and see it rolling off the walls. Of course the answer was a Sharpie but getting them all exactly the same needed a little bit more than just a ruler.
A stencil for the dots was just the ticket. They are evenly lined up, and easy to replicate, and all of the guesswork is taken out of it.
We recreated the image of the wallpaper in Photoshop and marked all of the corners and spots where the lines joined up. Ok, so notice how I only marked 1/2 of the lines on the right diamonds? I did that so that I could line the left side of the pattern up on top of them. That way everything was nice and even. Its totally one of those 3 steps forward 1 step back projects.
Then I saved that layer as a PNG and uploaded it into Design Space and cut it out with my Cricut Explore. I cut it out of heavyweight posterboard and in hindsight, I didn’t need something that heavy, but it worked really well.
I placed the stencil on the wall and used the paint pen and marked all of the dots. When I pulled the stencil away I was left with a sea of perfectly positioned marks.
When I reached this point I used a ruler to connect the outer dots on all of the diamonds first (to make sure that the spacing was right before I finished all of the inside details.
Then I just connected the top point to each mark in the middle, and down to the bottom point.
This is one of those simple but time consuming projects. (Sheesh, doesn’t it seem like I am doing a lot of those lately?)
Now for a PSA about Sharpie Paint Pens. Please note that these are PAINT PENS not regular Sharpie Markers. You can paint over these without having to prime your walls. If you use a regular Sharpie it will haunt you until the day that you die and then it will haunt your children. Please for the love of all that is good in the world do not use a regular Sharpie marker. PAINT PENS not Markers. PAINT. PENS. (Do you guys think this was clear enough to not get emails about it?)
This project just about did me in. It took 2 project days (about 10 hours) and sort of made me want to give up on life, but every time I would come back after a break and my heart would skip a beat because the walls looked so amazing I knew that it was worth the time.
So there you go, an amazing wall treatment for less than $10!
If you need more Sharpie Wall ideas, check out these projects (click the picture to go to the tutorial):