This was THE easiest DIY, ever. And the fastest. And renter friendly. And super ultra cheap. Did I mention easy?
I told you how I painted the final living room – our accent wall – here. Well, even though I went a tone or two darker than the rest of the walls, it was simply, plain. Too plain.
Ain’t plain anymore and the best part is, I can change it anytime I want.
And it looks pretty good.
I don’t remember what inspired me but I really wanted something more than just art for that wall. And it had to be something I could easily switch and change. So, I sent hubs to get me some white electrical tape and 15 minutes later, we had a bold, graphic, geometric accent wall.
I did do a doubletake. Hubby was overwhelmed by my first design (it was dense and had arrows) and when I saw the look on his face, I pulled out the first style and made a simpler one. Easy, peasy and it only took 2 rolls of tape for the final result.
Total cost under $8 but the fact I didn’t have to waste hours/days over this project, is priceless.
Hubby is still un-fascinated albeit less overwhelmed- and it really is a matter of taste in these things – but I LOVE it and it stays!
(Sorry hun, when it came to genders you picked the short stick. Or is it the long stick? Would make more sense… In any case you picked the wrong stick, the one that has minimal say when it comes to decorating!)
The wall is finally an accent wall, that attracts the eye. The slopped stripes add interest and because they have an almost vertical direction, they create the illusion our 8 ft wall is much taller.
I freehanded the wall. Didn’t measure a thing because I wanted it to look just an idea handmade. You can see the gaps being a little different at the bottom – that’s where I paid the least attention because they will – eventually – be hidden behind a furniture.
Even so, electrical tape is so forgiving, it is amazing. Speaking from experience (made horizontal stripes in our bedroom), using electrical tape was so_much_easier than painter’s tape.
How to Apply the Electrical Tape
Using electrical tape has its own tricks. It really does, unless you want it to come unstuck and crumbling or – worse – to peel your paint off the walls.
Tip no 1: Electrical tape is stretchy.
And like we know*, about elastics, they have this fundamental property called…elasticity. Elasticity is the tendency of a solid material to return to its previous length/size/shape (omg, I finally got to incorporate some science!).
Very scientifically put: what stretches, un-stretches (and makes a mess of very nice projects).
When you unroll the tape, stick the one end where you want it and hold loosely the rest of the unrolled tape for a few seconds, so it relaxes naturally. Then proceed to stick it to your surface. You really want to do that so the tape stays there even when the weather gets colder (which will make the tape contract more).
Tip no 2: Give some leeway
When you are placing the tape, add an extra inch on either side, to compensate for any stretching or wrong measurement. Once you are completely done with your wall project and you did tip no 3, use an x-acto knife and carefully (so you do not cut through the drywall or plaster) cut the excess off.
Tip no 3: Friction is your enemy.
…unless you really need to stop rolling downhill. When it comes to securing the tape on the wall though, do not use your hands to flatten the tape against the wall. Thanks to friction, they will stretch the tape and make a mess. Instead, use a wet cloth or sponge and run the length of the tape and it will create a perfectly flat fit.
-> With electrical tape you want pressure; not friction.
Tip no 4: Paint finish matters
On my satin grey wall, the electrical tape came out and was re-applied several times. I tested only through the course of a week only – but it seems a safe bet the tape will continue to perform the same way.
Where the tape was stuck on the ceiling, on flat white paint, it pulled the paint the next day. Something to keep in mind if you are a renter.
Tip no 5: Keep the box
The box that came with the tape, makes for a perfect container to store ribbon rolls or other short things!
That is all well and nice but, you may ask: “does it look cheap and fake up close?“. Our stripes look like perfectly painted lines, only glossier than the satin wall. They even have the exact same texture thanks to tip no 3.
Like it? PIN it!
The really cool thing about using electrical tape for decorating a wall, is that you can make so many designs. Off the top of my head: horizontal stripes, vertical stripes, polygons, 2-tone triangles (that just might be the next wall project). You can go monochrome, black & white or, grab some colored ones and create a fantastic multicolored striped wall (that may also be the next-next wall project).
For now, I can go order myself a few pretty-pretty pillows for our sofa so I can sit pretty, across our modern and bold accent wall and bask at its glory and giggle at the fact that it only took 15 minutes.
But, guys…*sigh*…I am busting my head to figure out, how to represent the scale of the wall right. That wall is 9-10 feet wide and it looks like it’s a tiny partition in my photos. :/
Any ideas on how to make wide objects actually appear wide?
* I really hated it when my teachers said that. It was
usually always before a subject that I did NOT know.
ps. See the ART print? Get the free printable here. 🙂