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.

Master Bedroom Reveal.

Three+ years people!
Three+ years the Mr. and I have lived in this bedroom:

Home Depot Before

Not anymore!
Goodbye pops of yellow from our last master bedroom.


You may remember, I got a little ambitious and sold our bed prematurely to make room for the DIY one that was in my head. Then a year went by with our bed on the floor before we actually got around to making it.  Picture that people.

Home Depot Before 1


Home Depot Before 2






Before and After

Thanks for sticking with me through this LONG journey.
In my next home (ahem) I vow to do decorate our master bedroom first.
Scouts honor.

DIY project how-to’s coming soon!

Paint color: Pure White by Sherwin Williams.
Navy upholstered bed: DIY.
Vega 3 Chandelier and Imperfect Plus sheets: School House Electric.
Blue stripe pillow cases: Tommy Hilfiger found at HomeGoods.
Green side tables: Yard sale find painted green.
Blue pot on nightstand: Home Depot.
Bedside lamps and curtain rods: West Elm.
Green coverlet: Target.
Mid century Dresser: Antique from Tomorrow’s House.
Art above bed: $1.00 calendar cutouts.
Door hardware on black door: Emtek.
Curtains: Custom (fabric: Lacefield Bali Chevron).
Herringbone print wall: Hand drawn using a gold Sharpie marker.
“After” pictures photographed by Allison Bills.

Revisiting the stair walls (again).

The shelves around the fireplace are finished, painted and 1/3rd of the way filled!


 I find myself gravitating more towards a minimalist look when it comes to my home, which this wall definitely was pre-shelves.  There’s enough junk-amalism that comes along with 4 boys that I need my decor not to add to the revolving mess.  Now that I have these shelves I’m trying to strike a balance between not junking them up with clutter vs. carefully curating them to look quiet, functional and interesting.  Make any sort of sense?

In other interior news, the walls going down our stairs are getting on my nerves (again).  Let me take you back through my journey of insanity…

4men1lady stairwell with logo At first the walls were stark white…too bland.
So then I went to the other extreme an added color. A bit too much color. This had Easter nightmare written all over it.
I then had to sand all the raised lips lines that the painted stripes created and repaint the wall. That was a lot of fun.
Next came the Birch Tree stencil in black. Wrong.
Alas, the Birch Tree stencil in gray appeased me…which is what it looks like today.

I’m always relieved when I see real life designers like Emily Henderson or Sarah Richardson have a vision, test it out, then realize it was a mistake.
This is apparently my “Test it out and that was a mistake” wall (for the 4th time now).
It was a fun fad but now I’m over it.
I want something fun there but not fad-ish.
A new banister would be nice too but for now, I think I’ll paint it and see what that does for me.

Here’s some inspiration that’s speaking to me from my Pinterest boards…






 I have planked walls all over my house and I love them.
If you gravitate towards minimalism but don’t want stark and cold, planked walls give the perfect amount of visual interest.

That’s what I’m leaning towards.
Now to break the news to the Mr.