It all started with this very popular Pinterest nursery photo... I LOVED this wallpaper! It can be found at Anthropologie, Watercolor Peony Wallpaper. This stuff doesn't come cheap though, I calculated the price to be $444 for ONE wall in the nursery. I could think of many other uses for this money and I do love a challenge of being creatively, frugal.
I came across this Herringbone wall at the blog City Farmhouse and loved the soft, subtle look of a patterned wall. This wall was painted which I didn't feel like doing at this point as I was looking for a more temporary option. I was inspired by the simple pattern and knew this was getting closer to what I wanted to do.
I had created a similar project in our La Jolla Cottage by using contact paper as 6" stripes in our hallway. I absolutely loved how it turned out so I was game to try something similar. I researched using contact paper, but unfortunately there isn't a lot of good gold colored options and cutting the stripes into 1" pieces was wayyyyy more tedious that I was prepared to do.
If you aren't familiar with Washi tape, then I suggest you tune in as this stuff is fantastic.
The whole washi tape phenomenon started in 2006. A group of artists approached a Japanese masking tape manufacturer - Kamoi Kakoshi - and presented them with a book of art they had created using the company's industrial masking tapes. The artists requested that Kamoi Kakoshi manufacture colorful masking tapes for artists.
This was the start of mt masking tape. In the beginning, there were 20 colors, colors designed to bring out the beauty of the rice paper (or washi) used to make the tape. The tapes were a hit - with artists, crafters, and design lovers - both in Japan and, gradually, internationally. With success came new colours, patterns and sizes.
Etsy has a bazillion options of colors, patterns, sizes to choose from. I decided to go with Bright Metallic Gold Washi Tape. Each roll measures 5/8" wide x 312" long. I did a rough calculation by designing herringbone pattern on my sized wall in Powerpoint and guesstimating 8 rolls would be sufficient. At $3.25/ roll, this ended up being $29.60 with shipping. Etsy seller WrapWorks was great to work with and I highly recommend considering her if you are ever in need of washi tape.
I visited my favorite Home DIY store, Lowes, and picked up a laser level. TIP: GET ONE OF THESE ASAP! I have used this tool 10x over since purchasing it. You can use it for basically any task to ensure levelness. It saved me countless house of measuring! Purchase on Amazon for $24.99 or Lowes $19.98
I simply attached the level to the wall with the included adhesive and it shoots a red level line across your wall. I used the level to 'mark' a vertical line every 12" from floor to ceiling. I followed with washi tape and created all my vertical lines. I then repositioned the level to be used horizontally and measured 12" horizontal lines across the length of the wall, I marked the these with small pencil at each vertical line junction. I then went back and used the washi tape to create a 45º angle between vertical lines. I repeated this on every horizontal line starting from top to bottom. The entire wall took about 2.5 hours, a far improvement from my previous striping project sans laser level which took 3 days, granted it was a different type of paper and size.
Every project needs some drama and this one didn't fail. I woke up the next morning to see a handful of my lines peeling off!! Washi tape comes in varying degrees of stickiness, this is usually why one chooses it as it comes off with no residue or damage. In my case, it was coming off much too easily. After committing a few hours and $30 to the project, I didn't want it to be all for none. I quickly scanned the house for a fix, clear nail polish seemed like the best option! I painted over top of the seams wherever an angled line met a vertical line. This worked! I spent many trips, casually walking by the nursery to "check" if all was well the first week and I am happy to report its holding strong! It was very humid the day I applied the washi tape and with the windows open, I think this may have affected the stickiness. Word of caution if you decide to try something similar.
I am extremely happy with how the wall turned out; quick, inexpensive, and another fun DIY project conquered.
Stay tuned for the complete Nursery reveal coming soon! xoxo