At the top of our stairs, there is a fairly large landing. The wall just seemed to be screaming for some attention…
I have been admiring all the swiss cross patterns I have seen in home decor lately, and I decided to paint swiss crosses as an accent wall.
I have painted several patterned walls with painters’ tape, and I always use FrogTape® brand painter’s tape. It really keeps the lines sharp! FrogTape’s PaintBlock® Technology prevents paint from bleeding no matter what surface you’re using it on.
I began making my game plan, and I played around with FrogTape to see how large I wanted my swiss crosses to be (and how far apart I wanted them).
And then I measured the wall and sketched out my pattern.
Now, you can definitely create the swiss crosses by taping them (like I did above) and painting over them. However, I have a slight case of OCD, and I wanted my crosses to be the same size and spaced apart perfectly.
I used a level to created horizontal and vertical lines. Then I taped them.
I painted over the entire wall with Valspar’s Notre Dame.
Then I removed the vertical tape.
(Each step of the way, I discovered a cool wall pattern that I was almost tempted to keep.)
Then I removed the horizontal tape.
My daughter loved this “square pattern.” Seriously? Aren’t all these transformation fun?!
Once the tape was removed, I went through and crossed off every other intersection.
After I had crossed off the intersections I wasn’t going to use, I got to work taping off the swiss crosses.
I measured two inches on top and two inches on bottom for the top and bottom of the cross. I then taped off each cross. I painted around the crosses and painted over the intersections I didn’t want.
Since I painted my wall the night before and was dealing with (very) freshly painted walls, I used FrogTape for Delicate Surfaces.
I removed the tape from the top and bottom of the crosses.
Seriously, every step resulted in another cool pattern!
Then I got to work measure the sides of the crosses and taping them off.
Once again I painted from off the extra cross arms. And the end result?! My swiss cross pattern!
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