This is the story of a blank wall.
I’m with you.
I can’t believe there was one left in the house.
This particular blank wall was behind the hutch in the dining room at the gatehouse. It was white (which made me happy because it was so bright) and empty (which made me sad because it was not really living up to its potential).
This wall sits across from my desk in my office at the gatehouse.
I literally stare at it every day.
And when I talk on the phone or type on the computer or write a post or plan out my calendar or take a break and drink my new favorite Crystal Light flavor….Strawberry Orange Banana…..
….in my mind I decorated it over and over and over again.
It was a little exhausting…..all that thinking and planning and trying to decide.
I’m totally an indecisive mind decorator.
And two days ago I was sitting in the office and staring at the wall and I couldn’t take it one more minute.
But before we go any further…..
….can I pause this post for one moment and insert here that I’m on a decorating budget right now.
A super tight budget.
Like it squeaks when it walks.
Brought on by a giant shopping trip to Nashville where I forgot for just a moment that I wasn’t Ivanka Trump and I don’t have a trust fund…..
….but that is a story for another day when I’m not trying to tell you about my painted wall and my coffee is flavored.
So me, myself and I and my super-tight-squeaky budget created this look for under $15.00.
$7.88 for a roll of frog tape and $5.14 for a small sample container of Sherwin-Williams Mindful Gray.
Oh and patience.
Lots and lots of patience.
I know patience is free…..but if you have some extra…..
….could you send it to me?
Painted Wall Treatment Ideas (on a budget)
Sherwin Williams Mindful Gray
Step 1: Start with a blank wall
This is what the wall looked like when I started.
Next measure your wall and plan out your pattern on paper…..
….until it looks something like this.
Step 2: Create pattern
This is the pattern we created on paper.
You can adjust it for your own wall.
Step 3: Measure
Using a yardstick (so much easier than a tape measure) we measured off tiny hash marks where the squares should be.
Step 4: Tape
This is where the patience comes in.
You can do it.
Just put on the New York Housewives to keep you entertained and know it will take a while and you will finish sooner than you thought and be left wondering why Ramona left the Berkshires….
….and why she is so worried about getting her hair wet.
Before we move on….I want to address a couple of taping tricks.
Score your tape. When I say score….I mean take a card or something with a firm edge and run it along the edges of the tape to make sure it is firmly affixed to the wall.
Also….when you purchase Frog Tape…..it comes in a plastic container.
I used to throw mine away.
Everything that is special and wonderful about Frog Tape that makes it adhere to the wall and gives you the ability to paint stripes and squares and lines and diamonds….
….works so much better when you keep it in that plastic container.
Step 5: Paint
Then you just paint in the lines to create your pattern.
And pull off the tape.
You want to pull of the tape right away.
Pull the tape towards you and away from the line to create the perfect straight edge.
And for under $15 your room looks like this.
No more blank walls.
One last note….
….it totally needs a chair rail.
I was kind of hoping that you wouldn’t notice….but then I remembered you are super smart and a great decorator and with your amazing discerning eye you would immediately notice that the chair rail was missing.
And you’d be way too polite to notice.
I’m putting one up soon. I’m just waiting on that pesky budget.
So let’s all just imagine there’s a chair rail there.
Oh….and why your at it…..
….could you imagine some crown molding, too.
disclosure: I received compensation to complete this project for using FrogTape® products.
All opinions, projects and ideas are based on my own experience. Please see my disclosure policy for additional information.