It should come as no surprise that, in addition to crafting various tablescapes and centerpieces for beautiful parties and events, we’re also super into DIY projects for the home.  Enter: the Moroccan tile painted front hallway.  It all started when Liz decided to become obsessed with the color dark blue.  Taking advantage of having the house to herself one weekend, she decided to paint the upstairs hallway, entry way and an accent wall in the front hall the most beautiful color she could imagine: Benjamin Moore’s Old Navy.  In an effort to compromise with what she knew would be her fiance’s reaction, she painted the front hall white.  He got used to the blue, but never got over the white (and men say women are confusing…as if).

Reenter: the Moroccan tile painted front hallway.  To make it less “hospital-like” (his words), she decided to paint a pattern over it, to give the room some za-za-zoo or whatever.  Here’s a look at the finished product (yeah, there’s no before picture…whoops! but there is a glimpse of that beautiful blue):finishedwallIf you looked up close, you would see, it’s far from perfect, but it doesn’t need to be (rhyming time).  This is, afterall, a DIY project, and it’s cool enough that you did it yourself, no need for perfection.

Ready to get started? Here’s what you’ll need (note that this project was adapted from a post by Sarah at While They Snooze):

A printer | printer paper | a piece of cardboard (large enough to cut the stencil from) | scissors | a pencil (with a good eraser!) | a level | paint (Liz used B.Moore Marilyn’s dress in semi-gloss to give it a metallic effect) | and an artist paint brush, about 1/2 inch long and 1/4 wide

Step One: Print this image. To make it the right size (or the size Liz used) do the following:

           1. Right click the image and save it to your desktop. Open it up and go to “file” and “print”.

           2. In the window that pops up, in the bottom left-hand corner where it says “pdf”, click to open that menu and click on “save as pdf”. Reopen the image and again select “file” and “print”

           3. About halfway down the window that pops up will be a section for “page scaling”.  Select “tile all pages”, set your “overlap” to .25″ and adjust the “tile scale” to 150% (for images on these steps go back to Sarah’s FAQ post, link above).

            4. Print the image, line up all 4 pages into the correct shape, and tape together. Cut this image out.

paperimagewallStep Two: Once your image is cut out on the paper, trace the image onto your cardboard and cut that image out.

cardboardwallStep Three: Tape a level to the cardboard stencil so that when you place it against the wall you will be able to tell if it is straight or not. This will help you to make sure that your patterns line up. seriously. do this step, it’s crucial.


Step Four: Pick a place to start on your wall. If you think really hard about it you can pick a place so that there are no “half tiles” at the edge of your wall. Liz didn’t do this, and we are all fine with the result. Start tracing the tile in pencil. The below image is from Sarah’s post, because Liz didn’t have anyone to take pix of her tracing and because she only has two arms.  Sarah also spaced the tiles about an inch apart from each other, which gives a slightly different effect than what Liz did, which was to place the tiles right next to each other. You can do whatever you like best. To get edges and corners use the paper stencil that you orignally cut out. Fold it wherever it makes sense and trace around the partial tile.

traceStep Five: Once the tracing is all done, you will take your paint and brush and (take your time with this) go over the pencil lines with paint.  Depending on how dark your paint is you may need to do two coats.  With Marilyn’s Dress, one was enough.

tracestencilwithpaintThat’s it, you’re done! Here’s a closer at Liz’s final product:

finalmoroccanoneSo tell us, will you try this at home? Send us pix if you do!! info at diybarportland dot com.

Happy DIY’ing!

the DIY bar