How to paint a chevron wall: I really really really wanna zig-zag aaahhhhh

Guestpost by Zandi on Jun 1st

I recently got the green light to paint our apartment. Its a lot to take on all at once, so I've been knocking it out in small chunks. This week, the entry way! After a debate of "is the chevron look already over?," I got to work.

This requires no special tools and is a very simplified version, because when I was Googling all of the tutorials made my head spin and there was math and measuring and laser levels and rulers and TOO MUCH. I used a piece I ripped off a box of hot rollers and some chalk.

There are only four steps in this how-to. Let's see them illustrated!

My materials were:

It's came to a total of $13.50 for me!

Here are my very advanced tools. If you don't have the top to a Conair MORE BIG CURLS box, your wall will probably be totally fucked up and awful. Sorry. You must use this particular box. This one was 6"x6".

Trace the square over and over again on your wall until you have a grid. I suppose you could also do this with a yardstick, measuring equal amounts and all that, but this was easier for me, what with its total lack of math and all. Plus, it only takes about 10 minutes.

Taking another piece of the Conair More Big Curls box, draw a diagonal line in each square, connecting corner to corner. In one column of the grid, start in the top right corner; in the next column, start from the top left. Having each column's diagonal lines going opposite ways is what gives you the chevron effect. I found it helpful for my easily-confused brain to make the diagonals with a different colors of chalk.

Start taping! Once you've made all your diagonal lines, the chevrons become very apparent and easy to tape around. You don't have to put all the extra blue tape in the middle of every other row like I did, but I could see myself painting the wrong row and ruining the whole project, so this was another way for me to idiot-proof it for myself by distinguishing exactly where I needed to paint.

And paint!! I bought a quart of paint for the job, and used exactly 1/18 of it. (Like I said, calculations are not my strong suit.) One of those $3 sample tester jars from Home Depot would have EASILY covered my 3'x9' wall. Also, please note that I am not just a giant human, but I'm using a reaaally cute tiny roller that came with its own cute tiny tray for $1.50, also from Home Depot.

Easy enough! The whole project took about two hours, with taping being the largest part at just over an hour. I actually suggest peeling the tape off when the paint is almost dry, it makes it a little more pliable around the edges if you need to touch anything up/smooth it out.

I wiped off the chalk grids after removing the tape, but was in a rush to take pictures… so sorry if you can still see them here. I used the chalk from the dollar section of Target and it went on super smooth and brushed off super easy. God bless you, Target.

So that's it! Grid, diagonal, tape, paint, peel, admire.

Homies, what colors would you use if you were doing this project in your house?

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About Zandi

I live in a two-flat in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago with several dying plants and my partner, Andy.