Jen originally got the idea from this spare bedroom transformation on Apartment Therapy New York. She made a square template out of cardboard, then drew the lines on the wall using chalk. She taped each square and painted over the wall with cream-colored paint.
When the paint was dry, she removed the tape and started applying the smaller designs with darker paint inside the squares, using stamps and stencils she found at Michael’s. She then touched up the wall with the cream paint, adding little lines to create the interlocking pattern.
We love the slight imperfections that make the pattern feel handmade and remind us of a faded wall fresco or beautiful vintage wallpaper. To see more of Jen’s wall paintings, visit her House Tour on Apartment Therapy Boston or the tour of her sons’ nursery on Ohdeedoh. You can see all of her artwork on her website, jenniferelifrench.com.
Images: Sarah Rainwater
Originally published 10.6.2009 - AA