We are in the in final stages of finishing our basement and I really wanted a different look on the ceiling going down the steps to the basement. I mean basements are usually pretty dimly lit and boring and I wanted ours to say hello I am new and fresh!
Like most ceilings that are above stairs, ours was plain old white before. I decided to go all the way or go home with this project and try a herringbone pattern in gray and white.
The first thing I did was paint the whole area gray or whatever color you want your main background to be. Let that dry completely before taping anything.
1.Then I measured to get a line right smack in the middle of the wall lengthwise. I taped it with one long piece of tape starting at the top and then pulling the tape and lightly tapping in on the wall all the way down. This way I got one clean line. I made little marks all the way down so that I knew where to lay the tape.
2. After the center line was laid. I measured the other 2 longitudinal lines and I made sure they were equidistance from the center line to the outer walls. Again, I made marks the whole way down before I taped and then started at the top and pulled the taped to the bottom.
Ok now for the tricky part. There could have been a lot of math involved in this project trying to get all those little angled lines measured and taped and if you know me at all you know I HATE math with a passion. So to make this easier on myself I “measured” using a paint stick. You know that kind that come free with a gallon of paint. This just makes more sense to me than numbers.
I started at the bottom and worked my way up for the all the angles. Play with the tape to see if you like a steep angle or less of an angle.
You can see you can use less of angle (left side) and a steeper angle (right). Whichever you prefer.
Once you figure that out, you can measure the distance from the bottom of the angle to the top. And there you have your measurement. I made a mark on my paint stick where a new angle would start and then I put the bottom of the stick at the top of that mark and made a new mark above it (and so on and so forth- I used an orange piece of paper in my pictures here to show you better), I worked my way up and then I worked my way down to create the down part of the angles. This part was kind of monotonous and my hands started to hurt a little from ripping so much tape. But it’s all for the love of painting cool things on a ceiling:) Pretty much just suck it up and keep going.
Keep working your way up. I then switched to opposite side again and you can see below that the tape will go above the mark on this one. So the lower part of the angle goes below your mark line and the higher part of the angle goes above your mark. Following?!? GOOD. (You follow the same method for the angles that are pointed downward.)
After all my marks were made, I taped them with green frog tape. So it looked like this.
Now you are ready to paint every other space to create the herringbone effect!!!! YES!! The white dots below give you an idea of which areas you should paint the opposite color.
I had to put 3 coats of white on the areas that needed painted (to fully cover the gray) and after my last coat was on I carefully tore off the green tape. The final result was so cool. I thought I might get dizzy having this on the wall while going down the stairs but it’s not distracting in a bad way.
Next time you need to paint your hallway ceiling or wall for that matter, try an unexpected design. It’s sure to be a real conversation starter!