Monday, January 2, 2012

How to Paint a Plaid Wall

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Dutch Boy Paint sent me some paint and asked me to review it on my blog (review here). 
I was inspired by this piece of flannel and I thought a yellow plaid wall would look awesome in my craft room.

 Step 1:  Paint the base coat on your wall. I used the golden sunny yellow of  Dutch Boy's Flickering Flame.
 Step 2: Tape off your horizontal lines.  I used a metal ruler and a water soluble marker to mark the lines and then rolled out the tape. (I forgot to take into consideration the width of the tape, so I ended up with rectangles more than squares).

Step 3:  Tape off your vertical stripes.
Step 4:  Mix 4 parts glaze and 1 part paint accent paint (you don't need a lot-I used 1/2 cup paint and 2 cups of glaze).
Step 5:  Apply the glaze mixture to the vertically stripes
Step 6:  With an old towel, blot off some of the glaze.
Step 7: Repeat steps 5 and 6 to the horizontal stripes.

Hopefully that makes sense. The idea is that the squares that get the glaze twice will be twice as dark.

I am thrilled with how it turned out. I painted the base coat a few weeks ago, and was worried that the plaid would take all day, but it only took me about 2 hours.

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  1. Gorgeous! I love that creamy yellow and the plaid turned out great. Did you just do one wall? Even with your easy steps, it still looks challenging to me!

  2. I only did one wall-the room serves many purposes and so it's already pretty crowded to I decided to just do one wall.

  3. That is a LOT of work! Turned out great!

  4. Looks great - we just painted stripes in a bathroom - plaid still looks a little adventurous to me - we're just beginning to step of the paint the whole room one solid color phase

  5. Wow - that looks great! I hadn't thought of doing a plaid wall before. You made it look easy.

  6. Great Idea! I've wanted to do that before but I had no idea how. Thanks.

  7. OMG! This is amazing! I love how you were able to achieve the "woven" effect just like fabric. Very cool.

  8. WOW. That came out amazing. I'm super impressed. Thanks for sharing at DIYbyDesign.

  9. A plaid wall? Who knew! This is great and so unique!

  10. I love this...I always love playing with paint and now I can try something new...thanks for sharing.

  11. Sooo cute, I may need to find a wall and try this!

  12. This turned out amazing. What a fun accent wall. Thanks for sharing. I would love it if you could link this up to our linky party going on right now.

  13. Your wall turned out great!! I love it.

  14. My gracious, this is adorable!

    WELL DONE! I can't believe you finished all the stripes in only 2 hours!

    Thanks SO much for linking up your awesome posts @ Feature Friday Free-for-All!

    P.S. I'm your newest follower and would be so honored if you'd follow my blogging journey as well (if you don't already! : )).

    ~Abbie (

  15. Oops! Sorry about the repeat P.S. on my other comment. ; )

  16. Cool! Thanks for sharing- it looks like a lot of work but worth it! Thanks for linking to Things I've Done Thursday.


  17. So, so cool! I'm featuring your post on my Facebook page today.


  18. Cuz that's just awesome! I'm imagining it in preppy colors, kelly green, hot pink, white...


  19. Thank you for sharing the inspiration for painting and decoration! It looks fantastic! Nowadays painting made easy and fun using airless spray and I’m trying to get one for my painting project. Would love to see more updates from you for inspirations! Thanks!