Ever since I’ve been working from home, I’ve been spending a lot of time in the spare room, now known as ‘my office’ 😅 and feeling increasingly frustrated and bored at staring at this blank wall all day.
As a creative, it’s really important to me to have an inspiring and zen work setup that I can feel in the right mindset in. And this? Was not it!
The problem is, that pre-lockdown, the spare room was somewhere that I just didn’t spend too much time, at least not day in, day out like I’m currently having to do. So, I just really didn’t spend too much time thinking about it.
But everything has changed now. I’m likely going to be working from home through till 2021 and so I need to start making some changes.
So, a plan was concocted! I’ll walk you through what we did and where we ended up (spoiler alert: I love it!)
Getting inspired and making a plan
After seeing a bunch of TikTok videos, where people used masking tape and different coloured paints to make a geometric triangular pattern on their walls, we asked ourselves, could we do that?
A bit of googling later, and a quick socially-distanced trip to B&Q, we had purchased what we needed:
- Frog tape, like this
- 3 different coloured paints. We chose light pink, light grey and gold
- Sheets to stand on and protect our floor
- Some paint brushes ( we didn’t use rollers because we thought brushes would be more delicate tools for the pointy bits of the triangles!)
Prepping the wall
After moving all the furniture out of the way, the first step was to get the frog tape on. After ensuring all the edges of the wall had been masked, as well as the plug points and light switches, so that no paint would get in unwanted places, the main job began – creating the triangles!
This was the most challenging part of this DIY project, as we wanted to make sure that:
- We had a good spread of triangle sizes, ranging from large to medium to small – the small triangles would be what we would use the gold paint for which would serve as an accent colour, whilst the medium + large triangles would alternate between pink and grey
- The triangle sizes were evenly spread across the wall
- The triangles were placed in interesting ways that would look random and unregimented
This required being able to both look at the specifics of the part of the wall we were working on and then also being able to zoom out to think about the wall holistically.
Once the triangles had been created, it was time to get the paint done!
But there was a crucial step before reaching for the paintbrushes and diving in head first.
I wanted to make sure we pre-planned which triangles would be which colour before we started painting, so that we wouldn’t end up with weird colour combos cropping up unexpectedly.
So, using a light pencil, we wrote in each triangle segment what colour it was going to be first so we had the entire thing mapped out.
Once we felt happy with the colours, it was time for the scary part: the painting!
We did two coats of paint – one coat one day, left it to dry overnight, and then a second coat of paint the next day.
And I’m not going to lie – it was scary to do it! The problem is, as you’ll see from the above pictures, is that because the masking tape is still there and showing, you sort of get this fuzzy effect that doesn’t look particularly good. This can make you worried about how its all going to turn out!
The other thing you start to worry about is, will the lines come out okay? I started to panic at some point that some paint could have gone under the masking tape and ruin the effect I was hoping for. But, it’s impossible to know at this point and you’re really taking a blind leap of faith.
Taking the tape off
This was the most nerve-wracking part. I so badly wanted it to look amazing, and when you start peeling the tape off, it’s such a relief to see the clean, white lines come through as you peel them off.
One thing that did happen, when we began to pull the frog tape off at the beginning with less care, was that some of our wall came off with it 😩
From that point on, we took much more care with how we were taking the masking tape off and did it much more slowly (and also not filming it at the same time!)
Oh- there is a particularly type of ‘delicate’ frog tape that you can buy that is meant to help with this if you are worried about your walls.
The other thing about taking the tape off was that my worst fear was realised at certain points where the paint had smudged out of the lines. But don’t fear! This is easily fixed! All you need to make sure is that you have a small tin (or a leftover tin) of some wall paint that is as close as possible to the original wall colour. Then, once you’re sure that the triangle paint is dry, use the masking tape to mask over the triangle, and then paint over the smudge to cover it up!
The end result
Here’s what the wall looked like at the end, before the furniture was all put back into place:
Before putting all the furniture back, we wanted to leave it to dry just for a bit longer. At this point, I think I spent at least 15 mins just standing there and marvelling at what we had managed to accomplish, over just two days 🤗
But the real test would be, how does it all look when the furniture is back in place? Here’s some photos of what the room looks like now!
I’m so pleased with how the room turned out. Like, beyond my wildest dreams.
If you’re interested in making a bold and impactful change to a drab wall, that will look impressive af, this was a really fun and relatively easy way to do it!
If you have any questions about the process we followed here, just ask in the comments – more than happy to help!