I’ve always had a thing for patterned walls. I think it’s partly because my Grandma ran a Wallpaper business. Where she hung and removed wall paper. She always had books and books of beautiful patterns. It totally stinks that I moved all the way across the country away from her and her wall paper talents!
The thing about patterned walls is that it takes a room from cute or boring to POW!
I love to do my formal living or front room by the entrance with some kind of pattern because it really does make a HUGE impression when you or your guests walk in the house. I just love that.
Anyway so a couple years ago I did this beautiful stenciled wall and I loved it so much. If anyone wants a good source Cutting Edge Stencils is where I found mine and loved it. (I’m in no way affiliated with them.)
I moved to Ohio a few months ago and have a formal/front living room and I didn’t want to do the exact same thing. So I’d been hunting around when I came across Classy Clutter’s Buffalo Check wall. It was absolutely stunning! I knew that was exactly what I wanted to do! I racked my brain on what color to do. We decided to go with a pretty Grey Buffalo Check but after applying three colors we realized our fourth color looked to similar to the others and we had to make a quick run to Home Depot and do black as the 4th dark accent. I actually love love love it. So it was a happy accident!
So here are the details…
You need 4 colors that are one or two shades above each other.
So we did a super light grey, a light grey, medium grey, and a black.
Super Light Grey-Mineral by BEHR (it’s our go to color for all the walls of our homes)
Light Grey-Casual Gray BEHR
Medium Grey-Gray Pepper BEHR
Black-Spade Black BEHR
All in an eggshell finish.
We buy all our paint at home depot. They have great paint and great prices!
Step 1: Paint the whole room the lightest of the 4 colors.
Step 2: Use a pencil and a yard stick to draw horizontal lines across the wall. (It makes it much easier for keeping your tape lines straight.)
Step 3: Tape the horizontal lines and mark each row you will paint with a tiny piece of tape to make it easier on your self. You will be painting every other row.
Step 4: Paint the rows, let dry, and remove tape.
TIP: We would do one step every night (that included painting) then it would dry over night and during the next day. Then after the kids went to bed the next night we’d start the next step. It made it easy because it was only a 20-30 minute process each night for a few nights. Totally do-able!!
Also my husband is convinced it’s better to take the tape off after you paint while the paint is still slightly wet. I’m not sure what the experts say but that has worked best for us.
Step 5: Draw the vertical lines and tape and paint those the 2nd color (next shade darker).
(Sorry for the grainy photos. Some of these were taken at night on our phones.)
TIP: You don’t need to (but you can if you want) paint the entire row that color. Just paint where the boxes would be. You will be painting another painting the center dark boxes next, so it will cover the overlaps. It helps prevent painting such a thick layer after all 4 layers are done! This time LEAVE THE VERTICAL TAPE ON.
Step 6: This is the most tedious step of all but then you are finished! You will now want to tape all 4 sides of the black check row. But it’s not hard to match because you have the gray horizontal boxes as your guide and you kept your tape on from the last step. So it’s not too bad! Then paint the black boxes. Be sure to stay in those tape lines with the paint, let it dry and rip off the tape. Then you’re done!
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