Several months ago I ordered a beautiful taupe, buffalo check wallpaper to hang in our stairwell. The rolls are still sitting in their wrapper ;-) We have since decided to panel our stairwell and I thought I would use the wallpaper for our bedroom. Well, the wallpaper color clashed just enough with the wall color. Since I didn't have the energy to re-paint the bedroom and attached bathroom and closet, I decided to come up with a different plan of attack! I have painted stripes before (both in the cottage, and in our last home), but I just wasn't digging stripes for the master bedroom. I googled "painting gingham checked walls" and a great tutorial from Southern Living popped up.
Perfect! In less than 6 hours and $50, I had a beautiful gingham checked wall!
If you feel inspired to paint a gingham checked wall, I highly recommend following the instructions posted by Southern Living! In a nutshell, you are measuring, leveling, drawing horizontal lines, taping and painting (mixing the paint with clear mixing glaze).
Once your horizontal lines are complete, you do the same thing vertically!
It's a subtle change, which I love. My sweet but very picky/perfectionist husband even liked it and complimented me on the straight lines!
And this was happening as I was trying to snap some photos of the bedroom wall ;-)
One day I may feel inspired to hang wallpaper in the bedroom, but for now I am content with the gingham checked wall!