Thursday, February 26, 2015

DIY Paint Marker Accent Wall

Good Morning!

I have been busy renovating my home office. Last weekend my children were watching my parents, so I got quite a bit accomplished.

Remember my plan for renovating my office? (Click here for the post) Well I've mostly stuck with that plan except for my desk placement. I flipped things around, and I really like the results. I'll be posting about my DIY desk solution later this week. It only cost me about $75.00 bucks, and the desk is HUGE.

One thing that was on my plan was the painting the walls in a Valspar color called "Beach Glass." I did a couple of samples on the wall, and it was the color that fit the my inspiration print the best. So I started painting my walls. WHOA. It's bright. I was starting to get really worried when my office was looking like a green/mint/aqua explosion.

Thankfully, in daylight with furniture and wall hangings, the color isn't quite as in your face. The second part of my paint plan was creating an accent wall using paint markers.

Paint markers are simply oil based paint in marker form. I've used them on a couple different projects. Generally when I need something detailed or handwritten, I'll grab a paint marker. Sharpie makes them as well as some other brands. I went with the Elmer's Painters brand since that's what my big box retailer had in stock. They are relatively cheap at $3.00 for the super sized marker. (FYI They are located in the craft section by acrylic paints!)

DIY Paint Marker Accent Wall

Paint Marker (Mine is Painters by Elmers and is in the "Super" size)
Pencil or Pen
Tape Measure

Total Cost: $3.00
Total Time: 1 hour


1. Measure Your Vertical Line

There's no wrong or right way to choose a design. I decided on this variable herringbone design since the only precise line I needed was the vertical line. I made my vertical lines 12 inches a part.

2. Paint the Vertical Line

It's actually very easy to paint a straight line if you're using a level. Just make sure your level stays level as you work your way down the wall. Use the tiny mark you made as a guide of where to start your vertical line.

3. Paint Diagonal Lines

I decided that I wanted to alternate angles between vertical lines (some go up and some go down). The only thing I made sure is that 1) the lines didn't meet up with a line on the previous section, and 2) that I didn't paint past the vertical line. I did accidentally paint past the line once so I'll need to go back in and fix that with some of the wall color paint. I also watched the degree of my angles. I didn't want any large variation between the angle of my diagonal lines.

4. Dry & Repaint if Necessary

Depending on what color you pick, you may need to paint another coat. I found with white, it was fairly faint during my first pass. I did a second coat on any light lines. I could probably do a third, but I don't might the white being faint.



Unknown said...

That DIY feat is amazing. It's just a matter of linings and measurements, but the ending is simply great. Your creativity is really amazing, and what you did is really valuable. Thanks for sharing that, Krista! Kudos and all the best to you!

Richmond Gordon @ CertaPro Painters

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