The Renters Chevron Wall

Saturday, June 8, 2013

What are your thoughts on the chevron trend? I personally love it, especially chevron fabric. I think painted chevron accent walls are a great design element to use in an office, bedroom, or kitchen. I have really wanted to implement a chevron wall in my apartment, but I am not allowed to paint my walls, so I was a little stumped. Then it came to me...

DIY Chevron Wall made with Duck Tape {Tutorial}

So if I didn't use paint, them how did I create my chevron wall? Ready for this? I used Duck Tape!

{Disclaimer: I have not taken my chevron wall off so I cannot say what, if any, damage the tape will do to your walls. Please attempt this project with the understanding that the tape may damage your walls. For me it is worth giving up my security/damage deposit in order to feel like I am living in a space that feels like my home, rather than an impersonal apartment. I will be sure to update the post when I eventually take this down.}

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{mine was snow colored}

I chose to add an accent to my office nook and started by measuring the width of my wall (36 inches) and dividing it by twice the number of chevrons I wanted. You will need to divide by twice the number of desired chevrons so you will know how long to cut your pieces of tape to create each peak (or valley).

I wanted three full chevrons, so I divided 36 inches by 3 to get to six inches. Using that number I cut my first piece of tape six inches long. Then, honestly, I randomly chose an angle to start with and crossed my fingers it would work. I finished up the first row then stepped back to see how it looked.

How to paint a chevron wall

There are some really great tutorials out there for how to paint a chevron wall, but they include a lot of math and angles, and I started this project at 8pm on a Saturday, so I just did it my own way... by layering tape so I knew what angle to lay the next piece of tape at. I used a paper template to cut out all of the pieces of tape, so I did have a guide and wasn't just lucky in getting them all the same.

How to line up a chevron wall

I repeated the method in the picture above until the entire wall was covered. I was able to cover the entire wall with one roll, but it nearly took the whole roll. If you are covering a larger wall, I would suggest getting more than one roll.

Before and After painted chevron wall

What do you think of my before and after transformation? I think it turned out so great! It's just a little something in my otherwise bland office nook.

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68 comments:

  1. I love this. It turned out super cute. Good work.

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    1. Thank you! I love it too! Hope you are doing well!

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  2. That looks fantastic! I love the chevron pattern and it turned out great. :)

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    1. Thanks, Sharon! I'm glad to know I didn't jump on the chevron bandwagon too late!

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  3. Love your wall!! (I did stripes in my kitchen a few years ago with tape i should have used duck tape, the tape I used left a terrible mess when I took the stripes down 7 yrs later). I love the chevron pattern you did so much nicer then the stripes I had! (visiting you from be different act normal link party)

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    1. Hi Dria! I'm crossing my fingers that I won't have problems with the tape removal (I don't think so, but now I'm nervous!). Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

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  4. This turned out so amazing!! Such a great impact in just the right dose :)

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    1. Thanks, Deme! I love it and think it's just the right accent! Hope you're staying cool this weekend!

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  5. awesome job and great idea love the way it looks

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    1. Thank you! I love the white contrasted against the beige walls! Thanks for leaving such a nice comment!

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  6. That looks great! To be honest, I'm so so scared about what's gonna happen when you take it down. Keep us posted!

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    1. Haha, I sure will! While I was working on it I had to re-position some of the pieces and they came up pretty easily. Let's hope, if there is a problem when I take it down, that it's no more than leaving a sticky residue that can be cleaned off with soap and water! :-)

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    2. I am willing to bet money that if this is left up for any significant length of time (like more than a few weeks) you are going to be royally screwed when it comes to getting back your security deposit. Have you ever tried to peel off old tape? It looks nice, but I honestly think in the end you'll find it was a mistake!

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    3. Hi Rhonda! I'll have to check a discrete corner piece soon and give you all an update on how it comes off. I'm not too concerned about it. I didn't go crazy pressing the pieces of tape down when I applied it, so I don't think it will be too bad. If there is significant damage and I lose my deposit, for me it is worth it to feel I am living in a homey space and not a temporary builders grade apartment. I am sure there are other products out there (vinyl being one I can think of off the top of my head) that would be other alternatives. I just appreciated the cost and ease of getting Duck Tape at Michaels. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

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  7. So pretty and love the picture also. Great job.

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    1. Thank you! I found the picture last summer at Home Good and I love it too! I think it looks great over the chevron. A geometric picture would have been too much, I think. Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. Very cleaver, looks great. Thanks for sharing.
    http://creativeramblingsblog.com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Sarah! I'm glad you like it!

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  9. Oh, I love this. And I'm going to be a renter for a while, so this is right up my alley! Thanks for sharing! Sarah @ Domestically-Made.com

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    1. Yay! Isn't renting great (not!)? Anything to make it more like home is what I'm looking for! Thanks for stopping by and I'll be sure to visit Domestically Made!

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  10. CUTE! I love that bright painting as well. What a great little nook!

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    1. Thanks Megan! Honestly, I don't use my office space as much as I should, but at least it looks nice, haha! Thanks for stopping by!

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  11. very smart! i never would have guessed it was tape!

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    1. Yay! I'm so glad to hear that! Thank you so much for stopping by!

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  12. I think this is a great way to add some character to a room when you aren't able to paint the wall. We'll be featuring this at Someday Crafts tomorrow :)

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  13. Such a smart idea! I love it!!

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    1. Thank you! I was pretty excited that I thought of it on my own and didn't find it on Pinterest or another blog!

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  14. Hi! Found you via sugarbee!
    This is SUCH a great idea! Love how it turned out... and love me some chevron!
    Carolyn
    http://www.ccmcafeeperspective.com/

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    1. Hi Carolyn! I'm loving chevron too! Thank you so much for stopping by!

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  15. so fun:) definitely a great way to jazz up a boring beige wall!

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  16. Just saw this on Take-A-Look Tuesday - it's fabulous! So clever! My daughter will be moving into her first apartment this fall, so I'm going to share this with her - I think she'll love it! Thanks so much for sharing!

    Kim @ {enjoy the view}

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    1. Hi Kim! How exciting for your daughter! I'm sure she will have so much fun making the space her new "home"! You'll have to let me know how her wall turns out if she does this! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  17. This is brilliant! Way to make that chevron wall work in an apartment!

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  18. Wow. Love the way your wall came out and that picture looks great with the colors. Stopping by from Gonna Love it Tuesday! I need to pin this.
    Leslie

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    1. Hi Leslie! Thanks for stopping by! I love my pink painting... and I think it looks great against the wall!

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  19. It looks great! So clever! Thank you for spreading JOY and sharing at the Oh What a HAPPY Day party.

    Holly at Not Done Growing

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  20. You did a great job!!!

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    1. Haha... I'm going to add genius to my resume. Just kidding, of course! Thanks for stopping by!

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  22. OH. MY. GOODNESS... I absolutely love how this turned out and have always had to deal with the no painting apartment walls debacle as well. Moving here in the next month and may just have to give this a try! Stopping by from Sugar and Dots linkup ;)

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    1. Good luck with your move, I hope everything goes smoothly and you love your new place! If you do this in your new apartment, you'll have to let me know how it turns out! Thank you so much for stopping by!

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  23. Super cute trick! I LOVE duct tape!! I have my faux bedskirt held on with it!!
    Krista

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  24. Wow! What a great transformation. Not sure I'd have the patience, but I admire you for doing so. I'm visiting from the 36th Avenue link party.

    Christy @ Creating a Beautiful Life

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  25. no way that's tape! So cool! I'd love for you to come link this up at the Weekly Creative Link Party that just went live this morning!

    Smiles, Melanie
    Reasons To Skip The Housework
    The Weekly Creative Link Party

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  26. Oh I am SO doing this! I have been wanting to put a chevron pattern on my wall at the end of the hall but have procrastinated forEVER! This is perfect. Thanks!
    teri from www.abeautifullittlelife.com

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  27. It looks so beautiful! I never would have guessed that was duck tape! You are so clever! I popped over from Domestic Superhero--thanks for sharing!

    ~Abby =)

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  28. Nice transformation...Love chevron!!Stopping by from Simply Create Link Party.
    Aniko @ www.placeofmytaste.blogspot.com

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  29. Genius! Makes a big impact.

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  30. I would love if you would share this at my linking party http://www.fidlersunderoneroof.com/2013/06/fidlin-fridays.html

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  31. Hi Julia-

    What a great idea for renters and those who love to change styles often.

    We featured you today at Our Sunday Best features round-up and have pinned your to our collaborative board!

    <3
    Nicolette

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  32. I think it is cute but I DO for a fact (sad face) know you will have problems when you pull it off. For future reference, consider buying and starching fabric (cut your straight lines first) and then apply the fabric to the walls, mitering them for a chevron look (use pins to hold the miter folds until dry) or you could alternate stripes of different interesting fabric, or you can buy a whole bedsheet on sale and "paint " it up on the wall with starch. When your lease is up, the fabric peels off with no damage to wall or fabric - just wash the fabric and wall with plain water (or , for the fabric, in the washer) and there you are. Easier than painting.

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  33. Just wanted to let you know you are featured tonight on The Blissful Bee's {Work it Wednesday} Linky Party!! Make sure to link up again this week:) Great project!

    xo
    amy
    http://theblissfulbee.com/work-it-wednesday-linky-party-no-2/

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  34. Great idea!! What a super fun way to add a pop on your walls!

    ~Amber

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  35. Thanks for sharing this at my link party last week! I am going to be featuring you today!! Allyson@Domestic Superhero

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  36. Hi Julia,

    Danielle of My Snippets of Inspiration favorited this post and you will be featured in our Top 10 on Saturday, June 22. Please watch out for it. Thank you for sharing and joining the Pin It Monday Hop. See you soon.

    Judy
    Pursuit Of Functional Home

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  37. I'll be featuring you tomorrow! Fantastic idea! Love it! Thanks so much for linking up on Made in a Day!
    Kim

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  38. Wow - It looks so amazing and your pictures are so great!! Thanks so much for sharing how you did this!!!

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  39. What a great idea! Also I am in LOVE with that Chrysler building artwork! Did you buy it or make it?!

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  40. Love the look, but this is NOT for rentals. It's going to damage the paint, and most renters care about losing security deposits. Get a Silhouette and cut vinyl chevrons or starch fabric to the walls to avoid damage,

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