And everyone asked me how I created the wall and I explained that I used paint and FrogTape and then you told me you might need a little more explanation than that.
Today’s the day.
And it involves math.
All those years ago when your geometry teacher was trying to explain area and circumference and the Pythagorean Theorem otherwise known as the fundamental relation between three sides of a right triangle and you rolled your eyes and wondered when you would ever use any of this stuff.
Welcome to the wonderful world of math disguised as a hexagon wall.
Here’s the DIY where we figured it all out.
1. Start with a blank wall
Here’s what ours looked like.
It’s painted one of my favorite white colors by Sherwin Williams called Alabaster.
Measure the height and width of the space.
Our wall is 8 feet tall by 9 1/2 feet wide to give you the scale for this project.
2. Determine the size of the hexagons
I’m going to go all math on you for a second. A hexagon is actually six equilateral triangles placed together like a pie. To determine the size of the hexagon we wanted to use, we cut out a hexagon out of craft paper to eyeball the approximate size and shape we wanted to use. It’s so important to do this before you get started. You don’t want to do all the measuring and dividing and taping before you have an idea of what your shape is going to look like.
When we did this, I also discovered that I liked a hexagon I liked the points of the hexagon pointing down with the flat parts on the sides. I also discovered that I wanted the hexagon to be a little longer than wider. I thought it looked a little more elegant and refined and skinnier.
Skinnier hexagons looked cuter.
I wish you could have seen the look on the face of my math formula creator when I explained this.
3. Multiply and divide
This was the most challenging part of the entire project.
We took the height and width of the wall and divided by eight (the approximate number of hexagons we wanted to have across the width of the wall).
Then we subtracted the width of the FrogTape (1.5 inches) from the hexagon and arrived at the size and shape for our pattern.
Our skinny hexagons measure 13″ wide and 15″ from tip to tip. Each of the sides of the hexagon measures 7.5″ (equal triangles remember).
We cut a template out of craft paper to these exact specifications to serve as a guide.
4. Begin taping
We started in the bottom right hand corner and made pencil marks on the wall using our template.
We went up the side of the wall with our template, alternating rows between whole hexagons and half hexagons. This was the wall that’s the most visible so we wanted to make sure it was as straight as possible.
It’s important to note that we gave ourselves a little wiggle room at the top. All walls are not created straight and we didn’t want to stress ourselves out trying to make sure the top was exactly even. If you notice on the completed wall, the pattern kind of fades away at the top. It made the project so much more forgiving.
When taping make sure you add a piece next to the wall to finish out your hexagons.
You will also want to tape off the floor moldings as well.
Here’s the finished wall with the hexagons taped in place.
We had to adjust a little because we realized the wall sloped slightly, but with an overall pattern like this, you can adjust a little here and there and it still looks relatively even.
Then I went over the wall with a roller just to make sure the tape was pressed down firmly to prevent any paint from seeping out.
5. Plan out your ombre paint colors
Here’s an overall look at the colors we used from lightest to darkest.
I knew I wanted the pattern to be random, but just between us, random takes a little planning.
So I painted a tiny swatch of paint on the wall to get an idea of the overall color scheme.
I started with the darkest color on the bottom and ombred it up from there.
I added just a pop of orange here and there in an ombre pattern, too.
We started at the bottom and painted each hexagon the color of the swatch.
Some colors needed more coats than others, so plan ahead for extra drying time.
For example, the darker orange paint needed three coats to ensure complete coverage.
Here’s what the wall looked like with the paint with the tape still on.
You could still make color adjustments at this point if needed.
7. Peel off tape
Here’s the fun part.
I wish I had the soundtrack that came with this picture.
It went something like this.
“Ohhhhhhh.” (insert dancing) “Ahhhhhhh” (insert air hula hooping) and it finished with “SERIOUSLY.”
Here’s the final wall.
Can you see why air hula hooping is in order?
Let’s look at the before one more time to see where we started.
Now let’s dance.
PS If you have any questions or need math help, we have an unlimited question policy here at Thistlewood.
Just send over an e-mail.
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