Hi Everyone! I shared on my stories a couple weeks back that I was working on my daughter’s room and I am finally done and ready to share! I painted Lilly’s room grey right when we moved in just so it was at least livable but I knew I wanted some wallpaper in there to make it more fun and lively for her. I still wanted something simple so she could grow into it without getting sick of it quickly. She is 2 1/2 and starting to get opinions and I know a big girl bed/room is probably coming soon. (She actually jumped out of her crib for the first ever today…yikes!) I went to order this pink gingham wall paper form Anthropologie right before Christmas that I had been eyeing for quite awhile and they only had 1 roll left. I looked at a lot of other options but I couldn’t find anything I loved at a reasonable price. I didn’t want to spend an arm and a leg plus installation. I knew my husband would say no to that for sure. I remembered awhile back I had saw on Life on Virginia Street, she had painted her laundry room a buffalo check print and I loved it. I knew it was going to be more work but I also knew it would save a lot of money so I thought it would be perfect!
All in all in took about a week to finish and around $60. This could have been a bit faster, but I normally paint when Lilly is napping or in bed and I obviously couldn’t do that in this case so I had to work around my husband’s schedule as well.
In order to complete the project, you will need to invest in delicate surfaces paint tape, a large roller, a small roller, a level, a pencil and a few quarts of paint. I used 3 rolls of the delicate surfaces paint tape (around $30) for the whole project. I would definitely buy the thicker tape. I believe there is 2 sizes and I used both since I ran out of the thicker. With the thin, it is easy to paint right over your tape and you have to correct it later. You will need to paint the wall you are doing a base color, in this case I used White Dove by Benjamin Moore. Then you will to also get 2-3 other colors to create the Buffalo Check look. I used 2 other colors. I started out using Yours Truly by Benjamin Moore at full color and at 50% color to create the light and dark effect. But I thought the pink was too bright once I had the vertical stripes done and ended up using 50% color and then 75% color in the end which I am happy with.
I started out by measuring my wall and decided to go for 6″ squares. I used my level (or a ruler) and put dots on my wall vertically every 6 inches from the corner of the right side in several places and then used the level to connect them and drew a straight line with a pencil so I could erase later. Walls and Ceilings aren’t always perfect so go by your level for sure. I then taped my lines once I was done. You will want to put the tape outside of the line slightly so when you paint your stripes, it will paint over any pencil. There were some areas this didn’t happen but was easy to erase. I then ran my credit card over the tape to get crisp lines. I also put an “x” a the top of the stripes I was painting so it was easy to tell as I was going. I then painted my stripes with 2 coats of paint and removed my tape right after painting.
After my vertical lines dried for a day or 2, I then started doing the exact same thing only starting at the ceiling and working my way down. I would measure 6 inches and mark it and then connect all my dots using the level again. I then did the taping once again and again went over my tape with the credit card. I then painted the stripes just as I did before. This time though, leave the tape on because you will need it in the next step. I felt the horizontal lines were trickier than the vertical. Longer lines to keep straight and my arms got tired holding up the level. I must need to work out more!
After you allow the horizontal lines to dry a day or 2 you need to retake your vertical lines because you will then use your darker paint to paint the where the lighter paint crosses. This step is nice since you don’t have to remeasure, but I felt like the lines started to mess with my eyes more and I was so paranoid I was going to paint the wrong box. Once this step is done, you can immediately remove the tape.
All you have left now, is to clean up any leftover pencil marks. I had a couple places were I painted past the tape so I cleaned those up which was pretty easy and that was it.
I am super happy with how it turned out and Lilly loves it to. I now need to paint her other walls to match and rehang all of her decor. I will do her bedroom reveal in the next week or 2 in a seperate post!
Let me know if you have any questions on the project and I would be happy to help!