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As you may already know, I’ve been planning to paint one wall of the nursery a rich indigo blue with a graphic herringbone-meets-chevron pattern, inspired by this wall on the Brick House Blog. I started by measuring the accent wall so I could figure out the width of my panels. It turns out the room is a perfect 12′ x 12′ square, so I decided for simplicity’s sake to make 6 2-foot-wide panels across the accent wall. After taping off the sides, ceiling, door, and molding, I used a laser level to ensure that my vertical tape lines are straight.Taping wall for paintOnce the panels are measured out, it’s time to start adding the diagonal lines. I started by eyeballing the angle of the first line. After that, it’s simply a matter of measuring out the stripes. I like the varied width in my inspiration photo, so I worked with 6-inch and 4-inch stripes with the occasional 3-inch stripe thrown in. Once my first panel was complete, I used the laser level again to mark out the adjacent panel’s first stripe. Once your angle is established it’s pretty quick work to tape off all of the stripes.Adding diagonal tape linesHave you ever tried to tape off a stripe pattern, only to have the color bleed under the tape and look messy? Hoping to avoid this, I followed Jenny from Little Green Notebook’s advice and painted a thin coat of my base color over all of the tape. Is this extra work? It sure is! But I spent so much time taping the wall that I didn’t want to risk anything. This seals your line and gives you a crisp, professional result. Also recommended? A cute assistant.Painting base coatNow it’s time for two coats of my color choice for the room: HGTV HOME by Sherwin Williams in Indigo Batik. Then, the moment of truth. I let the paint dry overnight and then oh-so-carefully started removing the tape. And…voila! I think I held my breath the entire time we were pulling tape off, but thanks to the base coat of white there were only a couple of spots with bleed through and I touched those up in a snap. What do you think?Removing the tape and seeing the finished wall.We’re in the home stretch now! Time to start moving the furniture in and tackle a few more small projects.

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19 Responses

  1. Shawna says:

    The wall turned out perfectly! It looks great and all that hard work certainly paid off. And your assistant is so cute.

  2. Millie S. says:

    Looks great! I know you're pleased with how it turned out. Can't wait to see the nursery when it's completed.

  3. Lili_HGTV says:

    Your wall looks fantastic! Pinning it right now.

  4. Lynne says:

    Love the wall.

  5. Kelly says:

    Perfect!

  6. Jessica says:

    It looks great! I have the opposite problem of the paint bleeding under the tape–when I pull off the tape it pulls off some of the paint too. Any tips for that?

  7. Rhonda C. says:

    The wall is fantastic! You did a phenomenal job.

  8. Briana@HGTV says:

    So, so good! Worth the effort.

  9. Amy W. says:

    I love that blue and the graphic print is just perfect!

    xo
    amy
    <a href="http://www.theblissfulbeeblog.com” target=”_blank”>www.theblissfulbeeblog.com

  10. Lester B says:

    I love the wall!
    It looks Great.
    Fantastic job!

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Marianne CanadaMarianne is the Special Projects Editor for HGTV.com. She was the girl in college who saved her waitressing tips to buy a Knoll chair and the perfect vintage couch. All...

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