Herringbone Sharpie Wall.

Continuing on with details on our master bedroom makeover…today we’re talking the Herringbone wall feature.
Dressing up your walls with color and pattern is nothing new.
Normally you’ll see trim at the head of the bed on the wall. I switched it up and did the trim on every wall BUT the main wall which left me with a blank canvas wall to go nuts with.  Whatever I chose I wanted to make sure that it wasn’t going to compete with the amount of pattern on the other walls but also not  feel like a underwhelming after-thought in the presence of the other walls.  Make sense?

I considered everything…
My first thought was wallpaper but I was nervous I wouldn’t be able to  justify the expense of the paper and installation, just to tear it down after I would ultimately get tired of it soon after.

So thinking along the lines of something less permanent I considered a stencil.  I’m no stranger to stenciled walls and ceilings.  I looked and looked but couldn’t find anything I absolutely loved.  I ended up finding a custom stencil site which made me a stencil similar to an expensive wallpaper I fell in love with.  The stencil was really high quality but unfortunately it ended up flopping because the pattern was so intricate and tiny that all paint bled together.  A big disappointment.

After spending some time on Pinterest I came across several sharpie marker walls.  I loved this idea because it allowed for a creative feature wall with very little money investment (except if you consider your time being money).  Plus if when I get tired of it in a year or so it will be easy to paint over.

I decided to go with a herringbone pattern.  While herringbone is a classic and timeless pattern it’s become a popular trend as of late.  I used the pattern on our basement  floor and shower niche with tile.



So up went the herringbone pattern our master bedroom wall:


To create this look I used a 4ft level, a ruler, a pencil and a gold Sharpie paint marker.  I used three markers to complete one wall.


One thing to note: Sharpie makes an oil based and water based paint marker.  I didn’t learn this until halfway through when I realized I was going to need a third marker to complete the wall. I went to a different store to get another marker and they had the two options (oil or water-based).   Had I known this I would have used the water based marker to begin with because my wall is painted with water-based, latex paint.  Generally, you can put latex over oil based paint but not the reverse.  According to this rule I should have used a water based paint marker on my wall.  I didn’t even look at the pen when I started to know if it was oil or water-based.  I took a chance a stuck with the oil because I didn’t want any chance of variations.  Even though I broke the rule it still worked.  I don’t know if there’s a difference because it’s a marker and not actual roll-on-paint (we’ll see what it looks like in a few months).  At any rate my advice is to just not mix the two.  Use water-based on top of water-based and oil on top of oil.

Believe it or not, tackling this wall was actually quite easy.  The hardest thing about it was finding the time to do it.  To not completely overwhelm myself I would set a goal of completing at least 5 columns per day, which was usually done at 10pm when all the kiddos where in bed and sound asleep.  It was surprisingly relaxing to get in to the groove of drawing…probably the same feeling you get from a hobby like knitting (I’m guessing.  Maybe not.  I dunno).

4men1lady Herringbone Wall

To begin, start by drawing vertical rows.

Step 1 with logo

Tip: Even though I have the measurement written as 4 1/2 inches I actually never measured the distance out. Instead I just used 2x’s the width of my level as my guide.   I put my level on the wall and made sure it was level, I then made a little tick with my pencil and moved the level over one length and drew my next column line.  I never really knew what the measurements were until I was writing this post and had to provide measurements for you guys.  You can measure if you like but it will add so much time on to the project.  If you can find straight line-tools, play around with using their widths as your guides.


Step 2 with logo

Tip:  Again, I never measured out the distance between diagonal rows.  Instead I used the width of my ruler to determine what the distance should be by drawing my first row then continually moving the ruler down and lining it up against the previous line (which was 1 1/2 inches).

Step 3 with logo

There you have it.  Like I said, it’s actually quite simple, just time consuming.  If you have patience you can really create a beautiful custom masterpiece.

To see the full reveal of our bedroom makeover go here.

Reducing allergens in our home.

*I am proud to be a 3M-sponsored blogger.  As a part of my responsibilities, I have the opportunity to evaluate 3M prodcuts.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

I pulled my boots out from the back of the closet yesterday which could only mean…fall is officially upon us.
Our desert state had almost 2 days straight of rain which is a blessing but also means the end of summer.  While I love the fall colors  I don’t love the fall allergens in the air.  My allergies have been going crazy!
Besides my daily neti pot ritual I’m convinced that changing our Filtrete Micro Allergen Reduction Filter MPR 1000 air filter regularly is one simple way reduce allergens in our home.  You wouldn’t think the air could be as dirty as it is but look at what our old filter looked like when we pulled it out.
Keep in mind this filter was in for just under 3 months.
And this gunk could be flying around your home!
Changing your Filtrete Micro Allergen Reduction Filter MPR 1000 at least every three months, especially before turning up the  heater in fall months is just one of the things you can do to help create a healthier home.  Doing so may also help reduce the amount of energy needed to cool or heat the home. It’s just one way you can help create a healthier home by capturing and attracting allergens like pollen and mold spores from the air passing through the filter. It also attracts and captures particles like smoke and smog.
From a cleanliness stand point, one reader commented in our last Filtrete post that by just changing air filters regularly it has helped cut down on the amount of dust in the home. It makes sense.
A change in season is always a good reminder to do those seasonal home checklists.  Here are a few on my to-do list:
-Flip mattresses.
-Clean out rain gutters.
-Start winterizing house by wrapping pipes, store patio furniture, weather strip windows.
-Give all windows a good washing in side and out.
-Spray off window and door screens.
-Consider hanging Christmas lights in the fall before the snow flies.
-Last but not least, change your Filtrete air filter(s).
(These babies are good.  We call em allergen trappers around here).
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Bedroom door before and after.

This is a sponsored post by the Home Depot written by me.  All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Thank you everyone for your sweet comments on our bedroom reveal.
We really are enjoying being able to retreat to our bedroom instead of avoid it.
There can be lot of hurdles when it comes to pulling a room design together, namely, time and money, but in the end it’s so worth it.
If you’re a stay-at-homer, you spend the majority of your life living within the walls or your home.
Might as well make the rooms pretty, organized and efficient.
We now love our space instead of despise it.

In our bedroom reveal you may have noticed that our door was black.


It didn’t use to look like that.  When we first moved in we had a new Jeldwen door installed that we ordered through the Home Depot.  It’s a beautiful door and well designed with the blinds built right in between the two panes of glass so there’s no jangling of the shades when the door shuts.  It came pre-primed which we left in that state for about 3 years while we raised boys and neglected this room.


To get the door and rest of the room ready to paint we first had to do a thorough cleaning.  The Home Depot was awesome to gift us with a big Swiffer box filled with a Swiffer Duster and Swiffer Sweeper.   I actually already use these Swiffer products as a part of my cleaning regimen so sharing my experience with them was easy-peasy.


The first thing I do before any painting project is dust the area I’m going to be painting.  You would be shocked at how dusty walls get.  You wouldn’t think a vertical surface could collect so much dust but those of you who have a wall painted a really dark color, you know what I’m talking about.  In the right light you can see just how much dust collects on your walls. The Swiffer Duster is the perfect tool because the fibers trap and keep the dust in the duster instead of letting them fly all over the room.

This sounds a little odd but in addition to using our Swiffer Sweeper on our floors we also use it on our walls, windows and mirrors.


The long handle makes for quick work and easy reaching for large surfaces.   My secret tip for getting windows and mirrors sparkly clean is first using my Sweeper on them then you have less dust and streaking to try and remove.

I also dust the surrounding areas near the project I will be painting.  It’s the worst when you’re wall is all wet with paint then a door opens and blows dust right on to your surface.


While I love the look of our new trim molding on three walls, from a cleaning standpoint, it takes bit of upkeep.


Each one of these ledges is a surface for dust to collect.  It takes me about 6 minutes to go around my entire room and simply wipe each ledge on the walls with my Swiffer Duster then they’re all clean.

After taping I used a brush and roller to paint the door a glossy black.  I don’t normally love paint strokes so I was extra careful to go over any brush strokes with the roller.  Also, make sure to removed tape when the paint is almost dry (as in still just a tad bit tacky).  That way you won’t be removing any paint off your surface that may have adhered to the tape in the drying process.


The final result:


Now our door stands out and has presence rather than something that was lost in translation.
We also added some custom curtains to not only give that corner more visual interest but also add pretty and functional light control.



I’m so happy with the result and surprised at how much I stare at my new door.  Amazing what a huge difference a simple coat of paint makes.

To read more about this and other projects hop on over to Find It At the Home Depot.
See full bedroom reveal here.