No Paint Diamond Wall

tufted bed

I made one last tweak to our bedroom. The diamond wall…

I promise this is the last time I’ll show you this photo..at least for a long time because it doesn’t look quite like this anymore.

After two and one half hours and about $25 worth of duct tape we have a sassy walled room.

I wish I could say I had this grand idea to put tape on my walls from the beginning but what happened was more of a dare. Scotch Colors and Patterns Duct Tape challenged me to create a project and I tried four different ideas (a chair? a lampshade? planters? a vine?) until I was happy with the results.  I LOVED this challenge it goes right with my whole Lovely Limitations Theory–limit what I can use, and I’ll be more creative (as long as I have time to think about it).

I wanted to come up with a project that looked good enough for people to actually want to do, was easy, and that the duct tape was a short cut, not whatever the opposite of short cut is (long cut?).

I also wish I could say that I was patient to a fault but that role in our family is played by my husband.  And this project requires about an hour of steadfast patience.  This man has a lifetime supply.  I pretty much laid on the bed and talked incessantly while he worked.

But, I did let him take breaks.

I had this idea lingering in my head for a few years.  I’ve watched people on blogs tape off stripes in a room so they could paint.  It seemed painstakingly slow (remember, I have no patience for projects). And one project I remember the tape was nearly the same color as the paint and part of me thought it was sad that they couldn’t just leave the tape up and not paint.  Dear Scotch Colors and Patterns Duct Tape, please consider creating 6 and 12 inch wide rolls of tape in a matte finish so I can finally have stripes on my walls.

We only did the main wall in the room.  I’m usually not a fan of accent or “show off walls” but it works in here.

Supplies?

Before we started I made a mock-up of how big I wanted the diamonds to be.  Diamonds look their best when they are twice as high as they are wide.  I figured a 30 inch tall diamond would be nice so, from the top center of the wall I made a mark on the wall (mark 1) measured down 30 inches and made a mark (mark 2).  Then I measured down 15 inches into the center of  where the diamond would be (halfway) and then 7.5 inches over to the right (mark 3) and 7.5 inches over to the left (mark 4). I was left with 4 marks on the wall that marked the points of the diamond.

I slapped some tape up just to get a feel for the size and yep, I liked it so I took it down and used those marks as our starting point.  From there, we measured and marked 15 inches over and 30 inches up across the entire wall.  And by “we” I mean my husband.

It took a few hours (but that includes a quick run to the store to get more tape) and the results were stunning.  Here’s a little 3 minute video that documents most of the process.

 

It’s been a month since we first put the tape up.  Because the decorative duct tape isn’t as sticky and intense as the silver, heavy duty duct tape, when you peel it off, there isn’t any damage to the walls so far, just some discoloration–like when you remove vinyl lettering.  I’m willing to prime and paint the wall in the future –something anyone would need to do when they are done looking at the diamonds, but, the tape saved us a lot of work on the front end.  It would have taken a lot more time to tape off all the diamonds and paint them.

 

Special thanks to Scotch Duct Tape for sponsoring this post and for their challenge to create a project using tape from their new Colors and Patterns Line a new brand that helps you find your style that sticks–I LOVE a good challenge, wish every company would do things like this!

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Update:

Two years after this post, we moved out of this house (it was a rental) and I took an afternoon to peel off the tape (it came right off but did leave some sticky reside or dark spots in some places. Then I did a quick sand and repainted the wall. All in all, it was about 2.5 hours of work–WELL worth it for two years of enjoying this wall treatment! I do think it helped that this wall had a few coats of paint on it before the tape, if you are taping a brand new house with one thin layer of paint on the walls, when you go to remove the tape, it could peel off more than the top layer of paint.

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Comments

  1. Nester- you are THE BOMB! I believe you have singlehandly ushered in an internet decorating sensation!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Wow! It looks fantastic!!! Hmmm…thinking about what wall I slap some duct tape to. ;)

  3. Super!!! Way to go to you for the brains and your hubby for the patience!! :D

  4. that video is the cutest thing ever! i officially want to be your best friend and do a little jig with you in your bedroom. (not in a creepy way or anything) :)

  5. L-O-V-E! this is awesome. that video was too darn cute (as well helpful)! I’m thinking, maybe my floors?

  6. That was not at all what I was expecting to see next in your bedroom. When you said you had a little surprise…you meant it!!! :D
    It looks fabulous! And I would have been scared to death to put duct tape on my wall for fear that it would NEVER come off the wall. I’m guessing you got the green light from the 3M people. Yes?

  7. The video…oh the video. That was just the best. Were you taking photos of your hubby’s backside when you were laying on the bed? Be honest…

    I love the wall! Awesome. I wish we loved closer so you could come do a little jig in my house. :)

  8. OMG!!! BEAUTIFUL! And soooo simple to do. I’ve noticed that a lot of people have been doing the duct tape thang and I’m literally busting at the seems to do the same. I never thought of doing it on my walls, though! I’m totally pinning this on!!!

  9. That is so stinkin’ great!!! I love this. Just showed my college age daughter…great idea for the apartment walls. Love, love, love this! Great job!

  10. The pattern makes such and impact!

  11. It looks awesome! Your hubby is a trooper!!!

  12. Just wondering where you found your bed?! Been looking for one just like this and am only having either crazy expensive or “el cheapo versions”!

  13. You have done it again! Amazing!!! Pinning immediately.

  14. That is amazing! I must do this somewhere!!

  15. Wow, I still pictured your bedroom as having the toile/plaid print. It is gorgeous now! The duct tape is genious and oh, the possibilities this opens up for us. Plus knowing it’s easy to peel off is such a bonus. I wish they would have had this about 6 years ago when I stenciled painted my powder room walls to look like wallpaper. Let’s just say I will never.do.that.again.EVER. It took so long and was a pain, esp. in the nooks and crannies of a little powder room!

    This does sort of remind me when my older, sister would put a tape line down the center of our bedroom when we got in fights as kids. She was a neat freak and I- well, not so much! When she got tired of the mess, she created her own property line! ;)

  16. Gorgeous! – you never cease to amaze me!…….and I loved the video! I’ve been wanting to do a time lapse – did you happen to film that with an iphone and app? I’d love to know what app if you did.

  17. This is visually arresting. I’d walk into my bedroom every day and stop for a good 8 seconds to stare at my genius, if I were you. I’m really glad to hear that the tape isn’t the same strength as regular duct tape, because now I’ll probably use it somehow, some way. However, my first thought was, “Awwww, naw she dint!!!” Prime and paint, heck yes! Replace drywall? Mmmmm, no.

  18. Oh.My.Lawd.

    This is absolutley fabulous! I love the extra little somethin’ somethin’ it gives to your {already} beautiful room.

    You are simply amazing and SUCH an inspiration, my friend! Truly. Wow, just WOW!

    XO~Amanda

  19. Love love love this!!! What an amazing idea. The wall is gorgeous and genius and the rest of the room is so beautiful!

  20. Loved the video! You worked so hard at the supervising lol Your husband is a jewel to be so patient like that. I was just wondering, does it look like duct tape on the wall? This would be a great option for a renter. The best part is when you grow tired of it, you can just peel it off, great idea!

  21. This is GREAT! The fact that you did it with duct tape is even better.

  22. This is such a great idea! Thx for sharing with us :) How long did the whole process take?

  23. HOLY SHAMOLY!! We are going to be moving and THIS, my friend, WILL be in my new home!! WOW!! WOW!! WOW!!! ♥

  24. oh my word. You are insane! Insanely brilliant! It looks amazing and I never would’ve known it was tape. The video was the icing on the cake. Your jig, you’re supervising from the bed, all super cute. And you put your hands on your hips A LOT. Thanks for sharing this with the world!!

  25. What a brilliant idea. I love it!

  26. that was a brilliant idea!! it looks so great!! gives such a rich look to the room!!

  27. Love this idea!!…what is the color on your bedroom wall?

    • Hi Karen it’s a color called flagstone, it’s LOVELY, on the sidebar is a graphic with paint can lids and it links to more info and all our paint colors. Happy painting!

  28. Absolutely wonderful job – bravo to your hubby!

  29. This is amazing!!! I love love love it. Megan

  30. WOW! This looks fantastic. I too have thought the same about tape and have even expressed it before to someone. I was looked at like I was some weirdo. I’m so glad you did it so I can show that person your blog and say, “See. Told ya!” :)

  31. You thrilled me to no end with your video :) I’ve been reading your blog for several months now and am always touched by your down-to-earth style and voice, but the creativity of music and “pause & jig” in your video endeared you to me even more. Diamonds are stunning, too!

  32. love love love it i’ve been considering something like this im totally in now aesome

  33. I’m gonna just come right out and say this out loud…I am totally in love with this idea! I’ve been rolling over easy ‘short-cut’ ideas for an accent wall (because with 5 kids, I need all the short cuts I can get!) and you can bet I’m gonna be mimicking something close to this. I liked the room before, but this is stunning! Good call.

  34. This looks fabulous! I’m wondering though, when it came time to take it down, would it cause damage to the wall?

    • I can’t guarentee that it won’t but I’ve taken parts of the tape off in different places to see and so far it doesn’t seem to be terribly sticky. The wall is a little darker where the tape was, so for sure you would need to paint (unless you like the look of darker diamonds). That’s one of those risks I’m willing to take. If you used heavy duty silver duct tape it would probably take off the top layer of the drywall. OR if you put any kind of tape over the original, thin layer of builder’s paint. I’ve had that happen before too. I’m thinking it won’t come off perfectly but will still be less of a pain than taping off all of those lines to paint would have been.

  35. I know you don’t typically respond to personal emails, but I am DYING to know how you like your bed? Random, I know, but I have been eyeing your EXACT bed for over 6 months and still can’t commit. Do you like it? Are you happy with the quality of construction? Do you find that the tufting on the headboard gets dusty? I would love to know you opinion on it. Thanks so much!

  36. Wow! Gorgeous! As a new fan excited to follow your blog and see your other fantastic projects!
    Joanne @ Homestyling101

  37. I just found your site and this project is brilliant. Thank you for the video; it will save my husband so much time. You are inspiring.

  38. I found this duct tape tutorial from DIY Showoff. I love the idea but even more so LOVE your wingbacked headboard. My husband and I have been thinking of buying or building one. Can you tell me where yours is from?

  39. We are building a house right now and this really gives me ideas for some shortcuts. I am thinking of either using this or liquid starch and ribbon, depends on how adventurous I am when it comes to being worried about the paint.

  40. I’m officially obsessed with your bedroom! I would LOVE to know where your bed is from…I’ve been looking around for something similar for our Cal King.

  41. I think you have the prettiest bedroom in the whole, wide world. :) Seriously, divine, and those diamonds are insanely amazing. Such a great graphic element! I don’t know how you ever leave that room in the morning…

    xo!
    Jen

  42. LOVE this! I cannot find the white tape anywhere though. What is the width of the tape and where can I find it? I had my husband talked into doing it this weekend and everything:) thanks & awesome room!!

  43. Wow! I thought I was brave to duct tape a desk chair mat! You are beyond brave, just fierce! Great job- stunning!

  44. Helen @ Seaside Interiors says:

    This is ridiculously amazing!!! Would love to do this to my master bedroom wall. Ahh the possibilities!

  45. claudette smikle says:

    Love your wall it’s fabulous

  46. I love this room! Its so pretty and it’s such a great idea to use duct tape instead of paint.

  47. Marre Barnette says:

    This is beautiful. We’re going to do this but I’m confused as to the exact placement of the tape. Are the points you maked off in the middle of the tape or do the tape edges go along the side of the markings? Want to do this so badly but don’t want to screw this up – it’s gorgeous!!

  48. New to your site, but love your bedroom. Love the colors, love the disco ball, the chandelier… It’s awesome! I was wondering, though, where you got the white sunburst mirror that you had in the version before you added the duct tape? I think it would work well in my bedroom.

    Thanks so much for sharing with us.

  49. Love the colors, love the disco ball, the chandelier… It’s awesome! I was wondering, though, where you got the white sunburst mirror that you had in the version before you added the duct tape? I think it would work well in my bedroom.

    Thanks so much for sharing with us.

  50. well I know what I’m doing this weekend! thank you SO MUCH for finding a way to get a stenciled look without the chaos of trying to stencil. <3

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