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DIY ARROW ACCENT WALL

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DIY ARROW ACCENT WALL
 

It's time for a MAKEOVER!!!
#ItsAboutTime

If you've ever seen my childhood bedroom, you've probably signed it's walls. Yeah, those dull, (you can say ugly, it's okay) sponge painted walls covered in chalk graffiti. Growing up in my parent's home, we were always given creative freedom and although it was probably one of the greatest things allotted to me, I think it's time to admit that I went a little too far with this one. But those days are over now! With a little inspiration from this nursery  I was able to make over those walls and execute a fun, tribal accent wall for my son. What I love most about this accent wall is that it's friendly enough for a child's room but mature enough for a guest's stay (since my one-year-old doesn't sleep in his bedroom anyway).

Check out my tutorial below on how I achieved the look:

MATERIALS:
SMALL ARTIST PAINT BRUSH
WALL PAINT (2 COLORS)
PAINTER'S TAPE
LASER LEVEL
MEASURING TAPE
SPRAY PAINT (optional)
PAINT ROLLER, TRAY, BRUSH ETC

Disclaimer: I used Scotch Blue painter's tape but would recommend research on quality painter's tape for this project. 

* I was able to find an eggshell Glidden Base 3 on clearance as The Home Depot for only $8 and had it tinted to the desired blue and a semi-matte Glidden Base 1 on clearance for $10 and had it color matched to "Whisper White." All I needed the was some painter's tape ($6), plastic tray liners (2 @ $0.98 each) and gold spray paint and I was good to go. I used Rust-Oleum's Metallic Gold spray paint ($3.76) for this project. (I already owned paint rollers). 

Total Project Price: <$30

The room had been used for storage for a few years so please, do excuse it's appearance. 

BEFORE

YUCK!!

YUCK!!

TUTORIAL

1. First, paint the entire wall the color of choice for your arrow pattern. In this case, we are painting the all walls white. My first step also included sanding and plastering the walls prior to painting for a smooth finish.

2. Measure the width of your wall and divide it into equal, vertical sections. The number of sections will depend on your wall size. I knew that I wanted an odd number of sections and felt that 5 was perfect for my accent wall. The wall is approximately 115 inches wide so I placed a mark every 23 inches (115/5=23). 

3. Use the marks as a guide and begin placing your vertical strips of tape onto the wall. It would be a good idea to use a laser level here letting the laser guide your tape placement. This will help you achieve straight lines. Since I didn't have a laser level, I eyed my tape placement out (Warning: this method is very difficult and time consuming).

Tip: Remember to place tape on the neighboring walls. I forgot to and had to deal with a lot of clean up later!

4. Use tape to create diagonal lines going to and from each vertical strip. The trick here is to try and keep the diagonal lines parallel. Again, I eyed this out, but a laser level and a partner is probably best for this part of the project. Be sure to alternate the direction of the lines of each section while keeping the direction the same within each section. Press firmly on the tape.

*Tip: To get the "whimsical" arrow look, versus a chevron look, be sure to randomize the spacing between each set of parallel lines. It's also best that your diagonal lines do not meet at their bases too often. 

At this point your walls should look something like this:

5. Now you're ready to paint! Paint the entire wall with your second paint color (this will be your primary wall color)


6. Remove the tape once your paint has dried to reveal your masterpiece! 

Well....almost. 

If your experience was anything like mine, you'll be following step 7 also. 

7. Use the artist brush to fill in any spaces where the tape did not adhere as well. For my project, there was a lot of touching up. I'm talking a day's worth of touching up. I suggest looking into different brands of painter's tape for better results (I hear Frog Tape works great). 

Now since this room used to be a kitchen in some life (hence the outdated vinyl floor tiles) the outlets are up high and easily visible. I found that this actually worked well in the space as my toddler is unable to reach the outlets. Since they are very clearly visible, I decided to work with them by spray painting them gold, introducing more metallic accents to the bedroom. Who doesn't love metallic accents??? 

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& with that, I was able to begin the transformation into a tribal bedroom. 

AFTER

There's still work to do, but it's coming along, wouldn't you say?