We occasionally get questions about projects readers see flash by the screen on Home Depot TV commercials. That’s what “Regina” asked about recently on our Community Forums, prompting a set of step-by-step instructions for a painted patterned wall.

Regina wrote:

I recently watched a Home Depot commercial about painting, and loved a design they showed for a few seconds. Now, I have started painting my house, and have completely forgotten what the design looked like! I can not find the commercial anywhere on the Internet, and have not seen the commercial on television since! I remember that the people on the commercial were painting a wall yellow, and were peeling off the tape, and the design of lots of squares, possibly overlapping each other. Where am I able to watch this commercial?


It took a little detective work, but Forum’s associate Christine Claret found it, and posted an image of the patterned wall that Regina was asking about.



But Christine didn’t stop there. She figured out how to create that painted pattern, and offered these instructions:

The sizes of the squares are going to vary depending on the size of your wall and how big you want your squares to be.

With that being said, in mine, I decided to make each square 12” with 6″ in between each square.



In talking to people around the office, everyone has a different school of thought on how to go about making this lovely pattern. We all agree that painters tape and patience are going to be very important when tacking this project.

 Other items that you will need for this project include: a pencil, ruler and laser level. A helping hand would also be handy.

 As you will notice, in each cluster of squares, there are 5 squares.



Some people think it will be easier to work cluster by cluster, while others believe working line by line will be the best. There is no right or wrong way, just the way the makes the most sense to you.

Now, let’s talk about that connector square. The size of the squares and personal preference will determine how much you cut in to the squares. In my case I cut in 2”.




Now the moment of truth- here’s how mine turned out!



After you have taped everything off, then you can paint. Make sure when you pull the tape off you pull slowly and in one direction. We don’t need all your hard work to go to waste.


Later, Forums member Sarahe2003 chimed in, saying she and her husband tried this, and they love the results. She offered some first hand advice, too:

It was a tedious process, but came out great. I wanted to post our process and the steps we took.

We used Scotch painters tape cut into 12 inch strips to make our squares. We had to be precise with the cutting to make sure all sides of the squares were even.

From there, we picked a starting point and made the first square.

Then we did what you suggested and measured 2 inches in from the corner of the square. When we made the overlapping square it made a 1 inch square overlap, but this is because the tape is 1 inch wide. Once we got the hang of it it became easier. A laser level was used along with a ruler. I thought I would give our suggestions for anyone else wanting to do the same!

It’s not a simple painting project, but as you can see it’s definitely doable. And feel free to ask questions about this or any other home improvement project for our experts on The Home Depot’s Community Forums.

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