Ken’s DIY Gorgeous Gingham Walls
- Painter’s tape
- Laser leveler (optional)
- Two paints in your choice of colors (base paint and stripe paint)
- Mixing glaze
- Mixing pail
- Paint roller
WHERE DO WE BEGIN?
- Using a measuring tape, measure the height and width of each wall. If you have decorative molding, make sure you measure only the wallspace between moldings. It is helpful to then draw a diagram of your room (with measurements) on a blank piece of paper to use as a worksheet. The stripe width should divide evenly into the overall height of the wall. For example, if your wall is 96 inches tall, making stripes 12 inches wide will result in eight complete stripes from top to bottom.
WHY ARE WE MIXING OUR PAINT WITH GLAZE?
- Mixing our paint with glaze is going to give it a fuller, rich texture and look, so it’s hugely important you just don’t paint, but that you mix your paint with glaze.
ANY TIPS FOR MAKING OUR STRIPES PERFECT?
- The biggest thing you can do is paint the inside edge of the tape with your base color. This way, when it dries, it will prevent seepage from your gingham color and messing up the perfect lines we want on our walls.
WHAT ABOUT THE HORIZONTAL STRIPES?
- This is where you get that nice checkered wall look. Here you’re going to be essentially giving your vertical stripes a second coat of paint giving them a darker appearance and offsetting them from the horizontal stripes just enough.
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