Friday, February 19, 2010

How to: Chevron Wall

You'll need a measuring tape, blue painters tape, a pencil, scissors, and a fabulous paint color of course! I think it would be fun in purple or navy blue too, especially in a nursery or playroom!

The measuring & taping is the HARDEST PART!!! You have to be very tedious. Here's what I did:

1. divide the width of the wall by the number of zig-zags you want, then mark each of those spots straight across the wall (I did 10 cause that was easy to divide and it made 5 chevrons...odd numbers are always best)

2. measure 6" (or however wide you want your stripes) down from each peak following the zig-zag up and down and mark that spot

3. take your tape and make a straight line from point to point, overlapping the tape at each intersection

TIP: Don't measure the whole wall out and then tape. Measure each time after you tape because each one will be slightly off.

Make sure you go through and trim all the tape joints so they have clean edges when you paint.

This part is time consuming, but you DON'T want messy joints.
{please forgive my hideousness~ i was so consumed with this project that i didn't shower all day}

Finally the fun part {this was at 1 am, baby had been asleep for hours}
Let it dry overnight & give yourself a long night sleep cause your back will be ACHING!

Ta's done. it took a LONG time but it was worth it! We love our chevron wall.

* You can also do this with contact paper on a painted wall, I wish I had seen this before I did it! But I have white walls so this was easier for me anyway. See it here.

And there are lots of other fun things you can do with just tape too: See here how my friend Caitlin Creer transformed her entry & also Little Green Notebook with floral tape! AMAZING!

Happy Taping! Email me pictures if anyone else does it, I would love to see!


  1. You're incredible - now where could I do something fun like this?

  2. fantastic. it does look so tedious but the results are beautiful.

  3. I really need to figure out a way to do this in our apartment without the landlord the wall. Looks divine.

  4. WOW that wall is awesome! It must have taken for-e-ver but it was clearly worth it because the results are outstanding! Your blog is so inspiring ~ I love it! :)

  5. Ooooh - very nice! You have a lot a patience :-)
    Cheers, Karen

  6. Very cool! I did something similar with freezer paper on fabric to make a chevron rug!

  7. love this! i'll have to show you mine. i set out to do room two's back wall, and it was not going to happen with how huge that wall is!! i need to come up with another idea. so i painted a piece of wood or above my fireplace. it turned out cute.

    so happy you're doing this blog :)

  8. Look at you painting! This is wonderful work. Glad I found you.

    cristin @ simplified bee

  9. Love, love, love this! I will be doing a Chevron wall in my new nursery. Thanks for the inspiration, and instructions. I love your work.

  10. love it caitlin!!! chevrons are the bomb.I actually did a wall with contact paper recently (like you mentioned on the link). Still though, the hideous black tv and in front of it is an eye sore so it doesn't make me hate the wall any less (boo). you can see it on my

    i am loving this redo of your house, you are fabulous!!!!

  11. I loved what you did and had to copy!

    found u via: Green Street's Blog

  13. Great job and good tutorial! I linked this to my chevron project post too, it looks fantastic!

  14. this is fantastic and I like the color you choose, the soft color is a nice compliment to the strong graphic lines. Janell

  15. I painted stripes in my daughter's room and that was tedious as well! Bravo on the chevron, I would think that would be even more challenging. Love the muted colours - looks so elegant and really gives that room that extra layer of incredible!

  16. Just wanted to say thank u for this post. Trying it on a tray this week!

  17. I love how it came out all wavy. This is way nicer then just painting it solid blue. It gives the room so much more flavor and life.

    -Zane of ontario honey

  18. awesome! It's true haven't seen you put much painting up here in a while, but really sweet!
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