As someone who loves wallpaper but hates the physical act of wallpapering, I feel indebted to Alecia Stenseth for showing me a fantastic alternative for decorated walls. Alecia was inspired by a wall in designer Kelly Wearstler’s beach house that was featured in Elle Decor, so she decided to create a similar geometric pattern on her bedroom wall using painter’s tape and house paint. My favorite step in this project is the one where you cover everything on the wall in white, then slowly peel away the tape to reveal the gorgeous ochre lines. I’ve used painter’s tape long enough to know how deeply satisfying it is to see those clean, crisp lines appear out of nowhere. Thanks for showing us how you made this beautiful wall, Alecia! — Kate
Read the full how-to after the jump . . .
- paint (I used Behr Premium Plus Ultra paint: Semi Gloss “Ultra Pure White” and Interior Flat Enamel “Exotic Honey”)
- painter’s tape in 1″ (for the pattern) and 2″ thickness (for the border)
- paint brushes (2″ angled brush and various small fine art brushes for touch-ups)
1. First, hand paint the stripes on the wall in a geometric pattern. (I wanted to keep that hand-painted look and for the lines to have some undulation in color.)
3. Repaint over the tape in the same color to prevent bleeding and to obtain crisp uniform lines (use your brush to feather the paint away from the tape).
4. Cover the entire wall with four coats of high-gloss white. I used a flat base color and the glossy white to really make the design pop. In addition to the juxtaposition of flat and glossy, there is also great texture from the four top coats of white.