How was your weekend? Marcus and I decided this would be a good weekend to paint the nursery, which pretty much took up our entire weekend. But, it’s done! And we had a good time doing it (for the most part).
Marcus came home from duty Saturday morning, we went to the gym together, then stopped by Home Depot to pick out the colors and all the paint supplies.
We went with “Silver Bullet” for the primary color and “Clear Aqua” for the accent. The grey is darker in the photo than it is in real life.
Then it was time to paint! Our prep work included dusting off the baseboards and making sure there was as little dog hair as possible stuck to the walls.
**Amateur tip: Use a straight edge to paint near popcorn ceilings. It’ll save you the hassle of either having white space near or having to touch-up the ceiling later on.
I got up early Sunday morning to touch up said paint marks on the ceiling, then we started prepping for the accent wall.
We chose the diamond pattern because it looked simple enough, yet classy. However, after watching DIY tutorials, we quickly realized it was going to be a LOT more work than either of us anticipated. Still, we decided to give it a try. How hard could it be?
How to (sort of) Paint a Diamond Accent Wall
Step 1: Measure the length of the wall and divide it as evenly as possible to get the number of diamonds across the top. This number will be the width of the diamonds. The measurements should be exact so the diamonds fit perfectly on the wall.
Step 2: Take the number for the width and multiply it by 2 to get the height of each diamond.
Foe example, uur wall measured exactly 313 cm (joy, a prime number), so the width of each diamond was 31.3 cm and the height 62.6cm.
Step 3: Beginning at the top center of the wall, begin marking off your diamonds by going the width (for us, 31.3 cm) over to the left/right and penciling in a tick mark. Do this for however many diamonds you’ll have, then go down the length (62.6cm) from each tick mark and pencil in another mark. Do this for the entire wall. Each tick mark should be an “X” after taping the wall if all measurements are correct.
**Another amateur tip: HAVE A LEVEL HANDY to check your tick marks before taping! The horizontal and vertical tick marks should all be perfectly straight across from each other. Even the slightest error can mess up your design (speaking from experience!)
Step 4: Begin taping off the walls diagonally in one direction.
We had to eyeball so much because we didn’t have a level. It was daunting and I think I went crosseyed at one point.
Because we didn’t have a level to check our tick marks, they became fairly pointless once we started taping. 2 hours wasted.
Step 5: Tape the other direction until the wall is covered with diamonds.
…and realize the diamonds on the edge aren’t perfect because, that’s right, we didn’t have a level.
The diamonds on the right were fine. The left was beyond repair. We could fix them without screwing up other ones.
Step 6: Color in the ‘’good diamonds” only. No one will know you goofed.
…notice how I forgot to paint the upper right hand diamond. This project made me a mess!
Step 7: Peel the tape, do touch-ups if needed, and revel in your masterpiece!
Step 8: Go to bed and sleep soundly knowing you won’t have to do another accent wall for a good, good while.
Lessons learned painting this itsy, bitsy gender-neutral nursery:
- Use a straight edge or learn to “cut” with an angled paintbrush when painting close to popcorn ceiling. It’ll save you the trouble of touching-up the ceiling.
- If you want to do an accent wall, ask yourself when the last time you had a major headache was. If it’s been recently, maybe save the wall for another day.
- If you still want to do an accent wall, have all the appropriate tools to pull it off flawlessly.
- Don’t try to be “Pinterest perfect”. It’ll drive you crazy!
- Have fun. It’ll turn out great in the end.
We’re so happy to have the nursery painted. Now it’s time to start decorating!
Question: Are you good at DIY? What’s the last project you’ve attempted?