DIY Color Block Wall
I'm really loving the color blocking trend right now. I'd have to say that one of my favorite spots in my own home is our entryway. It was the ﬁrst project I did that really made an impact in what was our new home at the time.
It has also lasted longer than any of the other décor decisions I’ve made in our home thus far. It's a super easy DIY that packs a huge punch. So, without further ado, here's how to make it happen in your own home.
Pictured above: my mom painting my entry wall because I was pregnant at the time.
First of all, you'll need the obvious things:
- Drop cloth
- Painter's tape
- Paint roller
- Paint tray
I would HIGHLY recommend getting green FrogTape®. You'll thank yourself later when you're not attempting to go back over your supposed-to-be nice, clean line to get rid of all the spots where the paint bled under the tape! You'll also need a pencil and a long level to make straight lines. If you don't have a super long level, resting a smaller level on a long piece of wood (e.g., a 2x4x4) also works!
If you're painting the ceiling as well, that's your ﬁrst step. If not, it will be painting the section that's going to be the lighter of the two colors you've chosen. For example, in my daughter's room, I painted the darker color on the ceiling ﬁrst so it wouldn't splatter on the walls and ﬂoor.
However, instead of going ahead and bringing the darker color down on the top of the walls like I intended to, I stopped and painted the lower half of the walls blush ﬁrst so I could then go back to the darker color on top and paint over the lighter color where they meet up instead of vice versa, which might not have covered well.
Once you've painted the lighter of the two colors you're using on the walls, you'll want to give it a day or two before you proceed to the next step, which is drawing and taping oﬀ the line where the colors will meet. If you don't wait long enough, when you pull the tape oﬀ when you're ﬁnished, it will pull off the paint underneath along with it. So once you've given the paint some time to set up, you'll want to take your level and, being careful to ensure your line is straight and continuous, mark where your tape will go around the room.
If you're doing a diagonal, as I did in my entryway, it doesn't matter if you use a level. Just make sure that whatever you use, whether it's a longboard or yardstick, is completely straight and that you're carefully matching up your lines when you leave oﬀ so it looks like one long, continuous line.
After you've marked your line in pencil, it's time to tape it oﬀ. Although it's tempting to pull oﬀ shorter pieces of tape that are a few feet or so each, don't do it. It's actually kind of diﬃcult to ensure the tape matches up perfectly on the wall. It's much easier to just use one continuous piece, taking care to lay it right along the line you've drawn and just unroll it as you go.
Now that you have your line taped, it's time to paint again! This time you'll take the darker of your two colors and paint it on. I always pull the tape oﬀ as soon as I'm ﬁnished. More often than not, I ﬁnd myself having to do at least two coats, regardless of the type or color of the paint. So as soon as I'm done with that second coat, I pull the painter's tape oﬀ so the paint doesn't have a chance to dry ﬁrst. I've had the paint peel oﬀ with the tape enough times to warrant the paint I get all over my hands.
Pull off the tape and voilà! You have your very own color blocked wall! Doesn't it just look fantastic?!
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