DIY Project: Lattice Wall Pattern

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DIY Project: Lattice Wall Pattern

 

Create a dynamic pattern that’s perfect for an accent wall. We have the step-by-step instructions for this lattice wall pattern DIY project. You can also download printable instructions.

Skill Level: Intermediate
Time: 2-5 hours, not including drying time
Cost: $100-$115

Tools and Materials

 

 

DIY Project: Taping the Wall for the Lattice Wall Pattern

Step 1

Mask off any crown moulding or baseboards on the wall that you are painting. Lay down a drop cloth on or around any area you wish to keep protected.

 

DIY Project: Painting Intersecting Line Color for Lattice Wall Pattern

 

Step 2

Paint the wall the color you want the intersecting line pattern to be. We used Behr Premium Plus Home Song in an eggshell finish. Allow the paint to dry for 24 hours.

Note: It is important to wait 24 hours so that the paint has time to cure before you put painter’s tape on it.

 

 

DIY Project: Creating Marks for Lattice Wall Pattern

 

Step 3

With the measuring tape, make marks for the “diamonds” in the lattice pattern across the whole width of your wall. Keep in mind that the smaller the diamond width, the smaller the pattern; the larger the diamond width, the
larger the pattern.

Start by deciding how wide you want the diamonds to be across the bottom of the wall. Make sure that the number you choose can be evenly divided across the width of your wall with no leftover inches.

For example, let’s say you have a wall that is 8 feet tall by 12 feet wide, and you want 12-inch diamonds. This will work because if you calculate your width of 12 feet by converting the feet into inches (144 inches) and divide  that by 12 inches, you will have 12, 12-inch diamonds.

You can also start by deciding how many diamonds you want across the bottom of the wall, again making sure that the number can be evenly divided across the entire width, leaving no leftover inches.

For example, let’s say that on that same 8 by 12 wall, you want 18 diamonds. Convert your width of 12 feet into inches (144 inches) and divide it by 18. That calculation — 144 divided by 18 — equals eight. So each diamond will be 8 inches wide.

Now that these decisions are made, make a mark at whichever width you have chosen for your diamonds, across the top and bottom widths of your wall only.

 

 

DIY Project:  Taping Off Intersecting Lines of  Lattice Wall Pattern

 

Step 4

Find the middle of the width of your wall. Now you will begin to tape off your intersecting lines of the pattern. When taping, make sure that your pencil mark falls in the middle of the width of the tape.

If a pencil mark falls on your middle width measurement, connect this mark to the top left corner of your wall. Continue with the mark to the right of the middle mark on the bottom, connecting this mark to the mark next to the top left corner. Continue with these diagonals until you have connected the bottom right corner with its corresponding top mark.

If the middle of the wall is in between two pencil marks, connect the first mark to the left of the middle to the top left corner. Continue with the next mark to the right on the bottom, connecting it to the first mark to the right of the top left corner. Keep doing this until you have connected the lower right corner with its corresponding top mark.

 

DIY Project: Completing Diamond Pattern for Lattice Wall Pattern

 

Step 5

Now it’s time to complete the diamond shape by marking off another set of diagonals.

If a pencil mark falls on your middle measurement, start with your middle mark and connect it to the top right corner. Continue with the mark to the left of the middle mark on the bottom, and connect it to the mark left of the top right corner. Continue with these diagonals until you have connected the bottom left corner with its corresponding top mark.

If the middle of the wall is in between two pencil marks, connect the first mark to the right of the middle to the top right corner. Continue with the next mark to the left on the bottom, connecting it to the first mark to the left of the top right corner. Keep doing this until you have connected the lower left corner with its corresponding top mark.

 

DIY Project: Measuing Height of Diamonds in Lattice Wall Pattern

 

Step 6

Measure the height of a single diamond. Make sure you pick a column of diamonds that shows the full height. Since the tape is centered on the pencil marks that you’ve made, take the height measurement from the middle of the intersection of tape.

 

DIY Project: Marking Lattice Wall Pattern

 

Step 7

Starting with the top left and right corners and using the height measurement of the diamond, repeat the height down the entire height of the wall (on both sides). You will make a mark after each diamond height has been measured.

 

DIY Project: Taping Off Lattice Wall Pattern

 

Step 8

Now you have the marks to finish your pattern. Connect by taping any remaining top and bottom marks to the new side marks.

 

DIY Project: Painting Lattice Wall Pattern

 

Step 9

Once you have taped off the lattice pattern, paint the wall with your desired color. We used Home Decorators Collection Zesty Apple in an eggshell finish.

 

 

DIY Project: Removing Tape from Lattice Wall Pattern

 

Step 10

Wait about an hour, and carefully remove the painter’s tape. Pull off the tape at a 45-degree angle so as not to compromise your edges. Touch up if needed.

 

DIY Project: Lattice Wall Pattern

 

 

 

Download printable instructions and get started!

And while you’re at it, take a look at more DIY projects here on The Home Depot blog.

 

 

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  1. Okay, this is part of the problem why people don’t value painters.

    First of all, this is not a project Joe and Jane Homeowner should attempt on a whim. It requires much more than “intermediate skill level” and 2-5 labor hours of work.

    All these DIY shows and blogs such as this mislead the average customer.

    People call to have their house painted, and are surprised when it’ll take more than two days. “I saw them paint a whole interior in a weekend on DIY Network,” they say. Sure, with a crew of 20-30 guys and no furniture/appliances in the house, that may be possible, and then you get into issues of quality control.

    You want a good painter? Reputable? Because of shows/blogs such as those/this, people think ANYONE can paint, and a master painter – a MASTER – is only worth $10hr for their labor, to do a custom color scheme in any given room. Humorous, seeing as to how our work is what really puts the finishing touch on a room, even with a nice floor, cabinetry, and countertops, will turn a room from “ehh” to “…wow…!” And, for $10hr, people expect PERFECTION.

    I find it tragically ironic that a painter who is responsible for beautifying your $350,000 home is valued at that, yet, for example, people will fork over $88hr for auto repairs, andnhalf the time the shop doesn’t even repair it correctly, or they have no problem paying a plumber $150 just to show up before they even walk through the door.

    Regarding this particular blog…first of all, the picture in step two, the “homeowner” (cuz it’s not like they’re gonna lie and photograph professional actors and models for a professional website thousands or more people will potentially see and make mmaintanence/project/purchasing decisions based upon) isn’t even rolling properly.

    Next, seeing the built-out crown molding depicted in another picture, I highly doubt someone who owns such a home would take on such a project themselves

    Also, you know what typically happens in cases such as this? The average homeowner attempts it themselves, and to put it nicely, acheives less than the desired results. So, they end up calling a painter anyway, and on top of the cost to do the job properly, they have to charge extra to get it up to par just so they have a workable palette. Not much irritates a painter more than getting a call that goes, “Hi, we tried to custom paint our house (cuz tv and internet says ANYONE can do it masterfully) but we screwed it up can you come fix it please…for $10hr as a reputable business that’s been in business for 20 years and has professional equipment and vehicles and operating expenses?” (most people are shocked when they hear painters have operating expenses…true story.)

    So then they get 7 estimates, and go with the cheapest guy, who, yeah, might work for $10 or less, but, as with anything else, you get what you pay for, so don’t be upset when that same guy doesn’t return your phone call after the job’s done for the touch-up you found because the painter doesn’t know how to properly roll satin-finish paint.

    Finally, to the homeowner that does attempt this themselves, what they don’t tell you is that the tape you should use is Frog Tape, made specifically for uses such as this.

    Thank you all for reading, and thanks, Home Depot!

  2. Ryan Hart says:

    WOW – the end result turned out amazing. What do you do to prevent “fuzzy” edges when you pull off the tape? Or did you have to touch up the edges of the diamonds after you were finished?

    • Mr. Hart,

      If you look closely at the photograph for step 10 where the tape is being removed, the edges *are* a little fuzzy.

      Frog Tape is the best choice for such an application, as it gives the best lines of any tape on the market, but no tape will give you a perfect crisp line, which is why the end results of such projects typically falls short of expectations.

      But, if anyone is going to do this project…again, Frog Tape is a MUST. It comes in green and yellow; I think the yellow is best-suited for this application.