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How To Create A Harlequin Pattern On A Wall

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Here is an easy to follow picture tutorial on how to paint a harlequin pattern on a bedroom wall.

 

The Before and After:

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Step 1:

First, paint the wall with your basecoat color. I used a lighter paint color as my base color (I used Behr Premium with Primer in the Paint – Expedition Khaki) and I chose a slightly darker shade for the lines (I used Behr Premium with Primer in the Paint – Beachwalk). Here, I measured left to right and top to bottom and found the center of the wall. Mark this point with a pencil.

Wall step 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 2:

Use a pencil so you can erase your grid lines with a wall eraser or Mr. Clean eraser later. I used a long level and drew a line strait across, horizontally. I wanted the diamonds to be 9 in wide, so i marked 4.5 inches to the left and then 4.5 inches to the right of my center mark (I marked on the line I drew with the level, so it would be exact). Then, I did the same thing, only top to bottom, except, since I wanted the diamond shape to be 18 inches, I measured 9 inches above the center mark and 9 inches below it (again, I marked on the lines I drew with the level). 

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Center mark. Then, left at 4.5 inches, right at 4.5 inches (to make the diamond 9 inches wide), and 9 inches top and 9 inches bottom of center mark (to make the diamond 18 inches tall).

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Step 3: Start creating your grid. You are going to erase all of your pencil lines later, so don’t draw your lines too dark if you can help it.

Wall step 5

 
  

 

 

 

 

 

 Here is a better idea of what your grid will look like all across the wall. 

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 Step 4: Start connecting the points for the the diamond.

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Step 5: Just keep following your grid lines to create the same pattern across the entire wall. After you have drawn out all of your lines with a pencil, go over just the diamond pattern with your secondary paint color, using a small paint brush. Again, only paint the lines that create your pattern. The grid is just to keep everything straight and even.

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Step 6: Erase the pencil lines. I used a Mr. Clean Eraser. Then, I went over the lines I had pained one more time, so they completely covered the pencil marks. I also used my base paint color to go back and fill in any areas that I thought looked crooked or the lines appeared too thick. Enjoy!

Wall step 8

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How To Get Glue Off Plastic Containers

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If you are anything like me, then you are probably on a constant lookout for containers that can serve multiple purposes around the house.  Anytime I can save money by not having to buy something new, it’s fantastic! I really like using clear containers to store various little things: needles and thread, buttons, and of course, the ever elusive Lego collection.  I recently found these awesome animal crackers at Costco. The best part? The container they come in is clear! Now, here comes the tricky part: removing the label.

crisco

So, how the heck do you get glue off a plastic container?

The answer is a lot more simple than you might expect. Vegetable Shortening. Yup! That’s all it takes. A little Crisco will clean even the stickiest glue residue from plastic. 

label off

Just make sure to clean the “paper layer” off the label first (for example, like the image to the left). This can usually be done by running a little warm water over it and peeling back the paper. WARNING: Rubbing shortening over a label before removing the first layer will just make a big mess. After the first layer is off, just rub a little vegetable shortening over the glue residue. It should come off fairly easy from there.

Once you are done, it may be a little greasy. Simply wash the container with a little dish soap and warm water and then dry it off. Voilà! A perfectly clean container, ready to re-purpose around the house. The best part about using this method, compared to others (such as Goo Gone or WD-40), is the plastic remains crystal clear! I’ve used Goo Gone in the past, only for the plastic to become foggy. I like keeping things in clear containers so that I can easily see what is inside, so a foggy container can be very disappointing.

This method is also great because you don’t need to use any harsh chemicals. Saving money by re-purposing an old container and doing it in an environmentally safe way… What’s not to love about that?
 

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