Special Effects

You can really amaze yourself with this technique. People come over and cannot believe you did it yourself, it looks like a million dollars! Gingham walls are a great effect for many rooms, not just the kitchen. Try it with Old Blue Jeans for a den or curry for a bedroom.

Stripes Curry Stripes Patterns Gingham Layering Combination

GINGHAM ACCENT WALLS
Tools: Colorwash, bucket, tape measure, pencil and blue tape.

Think about how wide you want your Gingham Stripes to be (the stripes shown are 7"). Measure your wall from side to side then divide the total width of the wall by an odd number. This way you will end up with a darker stripe on each side of the wall for balance.

Measure from the top of the wall down, make a small pencil mark every 7", then repeat across the wall every three feet.

Tape ceiling and baseboard first and then the vertical stripes. Placing tape for the stripes after the perimeter allows you to remove the "stripe tape" and still have the perimeter in place for the second set of stripes.

Second, be sure to put the tape on the side of the mark that is going to be the lighter stripe. This way when you put on your first vertical colorwash it will be the size of the stripe you measured (7" in this case), NOT the size of the stripe minus the width of the tape.

Now, dilute your colorwash with water and wipe inside every other stripe. After the colorwashing remove tape at a 45-degree angle, then let dry.

Now you will repeat that process horizontally - measuring 7" (the same as the vertical stripe) and place tape horizontally across the wall.

By using Watercolor Walls colorwash, which has a clear base, it gives you a deeper look where the stripes intersect. Now you can go over the whole wall once done to create a one, two and three coat, which looks great too.

You can really amaze yourself with this technique. People come over and cannot believe you did it yourself, it looks like a million dollars! Gingham walls are a great effect for many rooms, not just the kitchen. Try it with Old Blue Jeans for a den or curry for a bedroom.