Saturday, April 28, 2012

I Really Really Really Wanna Zig-Zag aaahhhhh - DIY Chevron Wall



As I mentioned before, Andy and I recently got the green light to paint our apartment. Its a lot to take on all at once, so I've been knocking it out in small chunks. This week, the entry way! After a debate of "is chevron over?" I got to work. Get comfy, this is going to be a long, step-by-step, picture heavy post.

And, as always, this requires no special tools and is a very simplified version, since when I was googling, all of the tutorials made my head spin and there was math and measuring and laser levels and rulers and TOO MUCH. I used a piece I ripped off a box of hot rollers and some chalk. 

I'll illustrate this in pictures below, but the steps are:
1.) Trace your cardboard over and over until you've made a grid on the wall.
2.) Use a straight edge to draw a line connecting the corners of each box on the grid, alternating the direction of the line.
3.) Tape off the zigzags you've formed.
4.) Paint!

Okay, let's see that illustrated.


Here are my very advanced tools. If you don't have the top to a Conair MORE BIG CURLS box, your wall will probably be totally fucked up and awful. Sorry. You must use this particular box. This one was 6"x6".

Trace the square over and over again on your wall until you have a grid. I suppose you could also do this with a yardstick, measuring equal amounts and all that, but this was easier for me, what with its total lack of math and all. Plus, it only takes about 10 minutes.

Taking another piece of the Conair More Big Curls box, draw a diagonal line in each square, connecting corner to corner. In one column of the grid, start in the top right corner, in the next column, start from the top left. Having each column's diagonal lines going opposite ways is what gives you the chevron effect. I found it helpful for my easily-confused brain to make the diagonals with a different color chalk.

Start taping! Once you've made all your diagonal lines, the chevrons become very apparent and easy to tape around. You don't have to put all the extra blue tape in the middle of every other row like I did, but I could see myself painting the wrong row and ruining the whole project, so this was another way for me to idiot-proof it for myself by distinguishing exactly where I needed to paint.

And paint!! I bought a quart of paint for the job, and used roughly 1/18 of it. Like I said, calculations are not my strong suit. One of those $3 sample tester jars from Home Depot would have EASILY covered my 3'x9' wall.  Also, please note that I am not just a giant human, but I'm using a reaaally cute tiny roller that came with its own cute tiny tray for $1.50, also from Home Depot.



Easy enough! The whole project took about two hours, with taping being the largest part at just over an hour. I actually suggest peeling the tape off when the paint is almost dry, it makes it a little more pliable around the edges if you need to touch anything up/smooth it out. 

I wiped off the chalk grids after removing the tape, but was in a rush to take pictures so sorry if you can still see them here. I used the chalk from the dollar section of Target and it went on super smooth and brushed off super easy. God bless you, Target.


So thats it! Grid, diagonal, tape, paint, peel, admire. 

The total cost of this project was:
Chalk - $1
Painters tape - $3
Quart of paint - $8 (though having any spacial awareness would have saved me five bucks)
Mini roller and tray - $1.50
Total - $13.50 ($8.50 if you buy the sample jar of paint instead.)


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29 comments:

  1. I looks great! I like that you used such a light colour for a subtle chevron effect. Very classy!

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    1. no one is more surprised than me that i went for a classy chevron. i was definitely in the aisle at home depot being like "martha stewart DOES make a glitter metallic line..."

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  2. that turned out amazing! i love it

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  3. Perfect. I want to do this to my next place. If I ever finish college/ ever rent in a place that allows me to paint, this will happen.

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  4. this looks awesome! i totally want to try this out in this awkward section of empty wall in my apartment, haha

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  5. this looks so good! and your tutorial makes it look so simple to do, I now want to do this on one wall in my bedroom.

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  6. OK I APOLOGIZE IN ADVANCE FOR THIS COMMENT- i thought you were painting using foam hair rollers and i was SO impressed...I was like "Meg is a Home DIY Macgyver tbh." then i read instead of just looking at pictures and it made more sense :3

    caitlin

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    1. jesus that would be so much cooler.

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  7. Looks great! I'm still a sucker for chevron, and probably will be until the day I die. I thought you were going to paint it with the foam rollers too! ha!

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  8. Thank you for this tutorial!!! We did our living room and I'm soooo happy with the results :)

    http://www.lauraelizabethm.com/2012/07/02/you-are-not-martha-stewart-or-how-we-painted-a-chevron-wall-on-a-sunday-afternoon/

    /a fellow sassy

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  9. Awesome! And totally heart the Spice Girls reference. Ahhh, the 90s. We miss you.

    Your wall looks gorgeous.

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  10. This is an awesome, easy-to-follow tutorial! I used it to create my own chevron wall in my dining room and I love the finished product. I used FrogTape, which was amazing. It really does create sharp lines and I had no problems with paint bleeding through the tape, so no having to touch-up later. The whole process took me about 4 hours. Thanks again for the post!

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    1. man, i'm always hearing frog tape is better! i need to eventually just spring for it, don't i??

      i'd love to see your wall!!!

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  11. What is the name of the color you used?? Thanks! Looks so awesome!!

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  12. I just wanted to let you know that I found your blog, found this post, fell in love with the mathlessness (that's a word now) of it, and painted my own chevron wall using your method. I love it, and you're the best.

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    1. oooh i want to see!!! i'm so glad it worked for you!

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  13. omg...im trying to do this but it seems that my lines keep getting wider as i go down... :( help!

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    1. is it the chevrons themselves or the columns that are getting wider? maybe try doing a quick spot check to make sure all the boxes are the same size? good luck!

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  14. I just wanted to thank you for this tutorial. I tried other ones and this one was my favorite! I posted my finished chevron wall project on my blog and shared the link to your tutorial on there! Thanks again.
    http://unexpectedahas.blogspot.com/

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  15. This is beautiful!!!!! I've trying to work up the courage to do this on a random bedroom wall in our house :) Thanks for the tutorial!!

    Brie @ Breezy Pink Daisies

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  16. Ahh I'm painting my room a new color and I love that muted green!! What is the color called it would really help me out?!

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  17. Hey I am currently painting my room and I love the muted green! It would really help me out a lot if you could tell me the name of the paint color? Please it would mean the world!!

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  18. So like everyone else ever, what color is that? I want to do this but seriously every color I look at feels too dark or uncomfortably vibrant.

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  20. Awesome! Really wanna try this. But I have a question, and I'm math challenged! Does the size of the square u use to mark the grid determine the width of the chevron stripe? Plz email me @ detayls34@gmail.com thx!!!

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  21. Looks amazing!!!!!!! so easy and it saved me tons on stencils!!!!!

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