(Image credit: Apartment Therapy )

I'm a big fan of patterned walls — I've even tried my own hand at a few projects. I've always stuck to using a stencil but Emily freehand painted the ikat pattern on her walls ... and with great results!

(Image credit: Apartment Therapy )

As Emily documents on her blog, Merrypad, she thought the inherently imperfect nature of the ikat pattern would be a perfect way to try freehand painting rather than using a stencil. She did a trial run on paper and then, after taping off her wall (because even thought it's freehand, it's not willy-nilly!), Emily got to work making the diamond pattern in a repeat on the walls. After the first coat dried, Emily went back and re-positioned the tape and filled in the blank spots with even more of the pattern, achieving a consistent all over look.

The project is spread over two posts over on Merrypad — Can A Girl Paint Ikat? and Ikat Experimentation: Our Finished Closet

Images: Merrypad