When I got the captions of this French-made background image on my next blog, Dos Family, I knew I had to have it. The only stumbling block was the price tag, which was slightly higher. So instead of stretching my budget too small to accommodate the price, I used it as an inspiration and found a way to do it myself (a little bit of winning!).
Following a few unsuccessful attempts to use a cane and a measuring rod, I cut out a cardboard triangle, which served as my template for the entire project. My friend helped me follow the cardboard track from left to right until we covered the entire wall. Happily, it is not a “complex science theory or equation” and it is this imperfection that gives the pattern a beautiful hand-made, patchwork feel. Also, the combination of vivid images allowed me to add my son’s favorite color, pink, without making the room feel too good.
On the bright side, I was finally able to make good use of the collection of empty paint cans on my lower part. I only bought two new colors and fill in the triangles randomly, deciding as I matched the combination of colors I liked and disliked (i.e., yellow and red).
The whole project took about a month – but because I took my “best time”. (Note: You should be comfortable with the rising paint as you progress). As for the smell and wet paint, it was not a problem. I made sure that the paint cans were not opened in the room; I can pour a little paint on an old yogurt cup and use a small paintbrush (the kind you can find in an art store, not a paint store) and paint only a few triangles at a time. Another benefit of a small portion of this project is that the day’s work dries up very quickly.
Finally, I prefer my painted version to a more realistic background — I love the moving lines and the hand-drawn feeling. And my boys love to count the number of triangles in each color before bed and at bedtime.
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Meghan McEwan is the founder of the brilliant travel site Designtripper.
POSTED IN: AT HOME · TAGGED: KIDS’ BEDROOM, KIDS’ ROOMS, LIVING ROOM IDEAS, WALLPAPERS