diy faux wallpaper by thedesignconfidential
Five easy steps to creating a bedroom masterpiece.
Published Jun 11, 2014 12:00 AM
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If you love the look of chic graphic wallpaper, then you’ll love this project that Rayan Turner, the the brilliant do-it-youselfer behind thedesignconfidential dreamed up for domino. Why we love it? It can be done in a day or less and will cost no more than a few dollars at most (especially if you happen to have a few supplies in the home). Here’s what you’ll need:
1 ½ -2” Paint Brush
Black Interior Paint (Black Satin by Benjamin Moore in an eggshell finish)
Touch up and prep your wall. (That includes filling any nail holes or wiping down any dirty spots.) Next, tape off the surrounding edges using the painter’s tape on the floor, ceiling, and walls. If you need to protect furniture or flooring, Turner suggest using plastic sheeting or tarps.
Ready to start painting? Keep your brush only saturated at a dry brush level of paint (check out the photo). There’s clearly color on the bristles, but the brush isn’t dripping. This technique will be especially important later in the process.
Create a grid that is relatively even and symmetrical on your wall. The easiest way to do this is to start by dividing your wall into a series of horizontal rows. It might be helpful to create guidelines with your tape or by marking off with a pencil every so many feet to keep yourself in check. You want a freehanded look here, but you won’t be happy with crooked lines.
When you’re ready to start on your vertical lines, it’s easiest to work in sections. Turner suggests dividing the entire wall in half, then dividing that half in half again (see photo). Continue to divide and conquer in this manner until you have an even number of squares and one gorgeous looking grid system.
Now for the fun part: Every single line from this point forward will, for the most part, be a diagonal line. You will have a few horizontal lines to start off with, about six. Aside from those, all lines will run askew from your grid. This is where you can get creative. If you want your pattern to look random, it will need to be fairly well thought out. Move around the wall as you go so that you vary your pattern making. Less is more, so give the eye a place to rest every so many lines.
Notice that no line is actually open-ended. Also you might see that some of the lines are shorter, cutting through only a partial corner, while some are longer extending through multiple squares. Why? This makes things seem as random as possible even though they technically are not. There are no right or wrong answers or methods with this project-just have fun with it!