The moment I caught a glimpse of this graphic wallpaper made in France on a blog I follow, Dos Family, I knew I had to have it. The only stumbling block was the price tag, which was a bit on the high side. So Instead of stretching my budget too thin to accommodate the price, I used it as an inspiration and figured out a way to do it myself (small wins!).
Following a few failed attempts at using a measuring stick and lever, I cut out a cardboard triangle, which served as my template for the whole project. A friend helped me trace the cardboard cutout from left to right until we covered the entire wall. Thankfully it is not a “complicated science theory or equation” and it’s precisely this imperfection that gives the pattern a nice handmade, patchwork feel. Plus, the graphic mix of colors allowed me to include my son’s favorite color, pink, without making the room feel too girly.
On the bright side, I was finally able to put to good use the collection of half-empty cans of paint in my basement. I only bought two new colors and filled in the triangles pretty randomly, deciding as I went along which color combinations I liked and didn’t like (i.e., yellow and red).
The whole project took about a month–but only because I took my “sweet time”. (Note: You do have to be comfortable with the mounting paint as you progress ). Concerning smell and wet paint, it wasn’t an issue. I made sure paint cans were never opened in the room; I would pour a tiny bit of paint into an old yogurt cup and use a small paintbrush (the kind you’d find at an art store, not a paint store) and only paint a few triangles at a time. Another advantage to the piecemeal nature of this project is that a day’s work dries very quickly.
In the end, I like my painted version better than the original wallpaper—I love the wobbly lines and hand-drawn feel. And my boys love counting the number of triangles in each color before naps and 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