Gingham Paint Treatment with Frogtape

Thank you ALL for the very sweet comments on my move in day!  I love reading your comments, they make my day. Thank you SO much for being supportive and kind and just plain happy for me with my new house.  I can’t wait to get all those boxes unpacked and everything in place.  This week  is still busy, as I’m down at the children’s home working on those rooms.  I did get some more unpacking done over the weekend.

When I toured the Southern Living idea house down in Senoia, GA earlier this year, I fell in love with the gingham paint treatment in one of the rooms and filed it away for reference.  And as plans began to unfold in my master bedroom, I decided this paint treatment might be just the thing to give my room some pizazz and add a bold look to the headboard wall.

I decided to use the same paint I already had used in the guest bath and my vanity area, Sherwin Williams Windsor Greige. It’s a bit deeper color than the color that the Southern Living house used and mine is bolder, but I do love how it turned out and it should be a nice backdrop to my blues and greens.

Southern Living idea house gingham paint

I used these instructions from the Southern Living site for my project.  It was very detailed and worked perfectly for me.

Before walls

Here’s my headboard wall, walking into the master bedroom.  The base color is the same as the main areas of my house, Moderate White, by Sherwin Williams.

Frogtape level tape measure
Tools of the Project:  long level, plus laser level, Frogtape, and measuring tape and pencil.

drawing pencil lines

Begin by measuring your walls.  I used the same spacing as the Southern Living house and they did 12” wide stripes both vertical and horizontal.   My ceilings are 8’ tall.  I began by using my laser level to shoot a level line and then used a long level to draw my lines horizontally across the walls.  I had a friend come over and hold the laser level for me. Thanks, Tammy!

using level for stripes

Drawing lines across the room, keeping them level.

taped walls with Frogtape

After drawing all the lines, I then went back and used my fab Frogtape to tape off the lines for painting.  You can see some lines are the whole 12” deep and some are shallower.  That’s because you want to tape inside and outside the lines depending on where you will be painting.  I’ll be painting INSIDE those 12” spaced lines.  The top will be kept white, then I’ll start painting my stripes on the 2nd row.  If you count every other stripe, I’ll be painting 4 stripes with my darker color, with the bottom row being painted too.   Be sure and press down the Frogtape very well to avoid bleeding.  The tape works great!

Glaze and paint

I used Windsor Greige, a pretty gray/beige (a nice Khaki color) and mixed it with glaze.  The directions say mix 1 part paint with 2 parts glaze and that’s what I did, just eyeballing it.

mixing glaze and paint

Mixing it in a paint tray, I used a paint stick to mix it all together.  The glaze gives the paint a more translucent look when dry and it keeps the paint open longer.


All mixed together.  Using a paintbrush to cut in near the ceiling and corners of the wall, and a small foam roller for the stripes, I began the treatment.

painting striped walls

Rolling all 4 stripes across the wall, painting right over the Frogtape.

pulling off tape

I immediately peeled off the Frogtape to reveal a nice crisp line.

Frogtape painted lines


striped walls

And the horizontal stripes are done!

used Frogtape

With a big pile of Frogtape left behind.

vertical stripes taped

Next, I did the same exact method and taped off the vertical stripes.  There were more of these to tape.

Vertical stripes taped and painted

Mixing the glaze and paint, I painted these too.  Where the 2 blocks intersect, the color is darker, creating a gingham look.

painted gingham wall

And here it is with the tape removed.

Gingham paint treatment AFTER

I love it!  It’s a bit of a bold statement, but wait until I get all my stuff in here and my drapery panels in place.  I have 3 pairs of Ritva panels from Ikea that I’m going to stencil and hang in here along with my blues and greens on the bed and rug.

I can’t wait for it all to come together!

Thanks to Frogtape for sponsoring this post.  I’m blogging projects for Frogtape for the next year and will be sharing all sorts of ideas on using this versatile tape.  I was planning to do this project anyway and it’s a great one to demonstrate Frogtape! 

Linking to Traci’s Best of Nov. DIY party!

- Rhoda


  1. I love your gingham wall treatment- the color looks great when you painted the vertical over horizontal- patience is a virtue and you have it- I’ve enjoyed watching you transform your house into a home with your precious parents!

  2. I like this idea for an accent wall. Knowing that I would only have to tape off one wall would be a huge incentive. Can’t wait to see the accents you’ll add to this room. Great job!

  3. Rhoda I love this idea! What a wonderful paint treatment. Thank you so much for posting your concise tutorial. Very easy for me to understand. Love your wall and the room. Have a super week!

  4. It looks beautiful and the colors are perfection.

  5. This looks amazing! Great minds think alike. I just spoke about “Gingham Style” yesterday in a blog post. Thank you so much for sharing. I hope you don’t mind if I redirect my audience to you for your great tutorial.

  6. Oh Rhoda, I love that wall treatment!! Big, Bold, and absolutely beautiful!! What a fun way to make a statement!! ~ Lori

  7. I love it. Gingham has been my thing since I was a little girl. I am so doing this. We had to give up our headboard when we got a new bed, and this would be a great way to take its place.

  8. Connie McCallum says:

    Rhoda, Great Job! Its interesting how the stripes are the same color but they look different on the walls. Your house is really coming together beautifully. Always enjoy your blogs.

    • Ha! Connie, I think I was a bit heavy handed rolling on the first set of stripes & the 2nd went lighter. More glaze would help with that too, to make them more translucent. I do love it though!

  9. Dorothy F. says:

    Do you ever rest?? Your home is really going together great. I really have enjoyed your blog. I love this look for your bedroom, doing just one wall was a great idea. God Bless.

  10. Rhoda that looks fabulous!! I can’t wait to see the room put together, I know it’s going to look beautiful!!

  11. Rhoda…it looks fabulous! What a neat idea. I would have never thought of doing something like this to the walls. It fits perfect with your decor and really makes a statement when you walk in the room. Love it!

  12. Looks fantastic! Did you have any problems where your pencil lines are? I had heard that using a watercolor pencil, close in color to one of your paint colors would be better because it would blend in where pencil sometimes gets a little “muddy”. Yours looks so wonderful! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    • There are some pencil lines & I tried to cover them, but you can still see them some. But I won’t stress over that!

  13. Rhoda, it is gorgeous! At the conference when we were talking about it, I kept picturing buffalo check with red and black. I like this so much better than what I was picturing 🙂

    Glad you are “home” 🙂

  14. How long did you have to wait before taping the vertical lines? I am always nervous about pulling off the paint on the tape.

  15. Rhoda,

    I love it!


  16. Definitely a labor of love Rhoda!!! That was a job. Looks wonderful.

  17. Rhoda,
    I too fell in love with this wall treatment when I first saw it. I can’t remember if I saw it from you or on Pinterest but either way, it was love at first sight. I have been wanting to add this to my foyer wall as you walk in. Yes, it would be a bold welcoming statement but I think it is one of the prettiest paint treatments I have seen in a very long time. BTW, many years ago when I was doing faux painting professionally I did something similiar under a chair rail in a nursery, smaller stripes and pastel colors. It was simply beautiful. Thanks for sharing your directions with us. I noticed outside it went from morning to night, so I know this was a long day/project. That measuring/taping is intense. LOL Have a great week! xxoo

  18. Elaine in Laguna says:

    Wow…I didn’t expect you’d post this how-to so quickly! You’re just an energizer bunny! I love this treatment and it looks so great! I’m seriously considering this for my guest bedroom as a spring project. Can’t wait to see your drapes and blues and greens added to this! Thank you for the great tutorial.

  19. I love gingham paint treaments. Yours turned out fantastic you did such a great job. Looks like a professional job. I really like the colors.


  20. Looks amazing Rhoda! I know how time consuming it is to measure and tape all those lines so I can appreciate how much went into this. Your hard work definitely paid off!

  21. Rhoda, I love your “Gingham Paint” treatment. Your always so busy and inventive – even with a brand new house to move into. So happy for you {I’ve been out of town, so I’m a bit late}, Congratulations. You so deserve a home – you have done such a wonderful job remodeling. I really am soooooo Happy for You!

  22. Awesome! Thanks for sharing this beautiful treatment!

  23. I love this look. Great tutorial! We may have to “borrow” this one for one room in our house. 🙂

  24. Tona Haggermaker says:

    Hurry, girl! Cant wait to see 🙂 So happy that you are at this point!

    Tona Haggermaker
    Athens, Alabama

  25. Love your house. So happy you are in. I’m looking forward to the final pictures! I do love the gingham treatment in your master bedroom. I really like gingham. When my son was a baby he had blue gingham wallpaper all over his little room including the ceiling and thinking back I still like it. I used to do gingham in needlepoint also. Kudos to your parents. How lucky you are to have them able to help. I’d love to be able to meet them–and you. Best wishes.

  26. I’ve just spent a looooong time looking at your beautiful new house photos! They are magnificent. I can’t believe it’s the same house.

    You are truly making it a home, and I’m so very happy for you! Have you ever been compared to Scarlett O’Hara? I can see the connection, when she decided just to go build her own business, no matter what!

  27. WOW this really looks amazing! Sure going to pin this for future fun!
    Hugs from Norcross, Jen

  28. Rhoda, this is amazing! You totally rock! I love this treatment! Your accent wall is stunning! Thanks for sharing the great tutorial! I’m definitely inspired!

  29. Love it! Looks so nice! Can’t wait to see the whole room come together!

  30. So beautiful Rhoda! It turned out perfect!


  31. So lovely …you certainly have more patience than I do. I love the look!

  32. I adore this wall treatment! I can’t wait to see the room when you are done!

  33. I’m so happy for you, everything looks great. You’ll settle in an start feeling right at home. It’s a lovely home !

  34. Beautiful accent wall!

  35. LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT! You’re a patient woman Rhoda…

  36. Your gingham wall looks great! I was actually thinking of doing a similar plaid-type paint treatment on two walls in my craft room, but I decided I didn’t feel like doing any leveling and measuring. If I’d seen your wall before I went ahead with plan B for my walls, I may have gone for it. Oh well, there are plenty more walls to paint… 🙂

  37. Love it all. Your house, your gingham wall and most of all your family. Enjoy your new home. You deserve each square inch.

  38. I love the look , I may have to copy it. The question is where. Thanks for sharing.

  39. I just love your gingham walls! I’m a painter and your directions are great! My customers are often looking for a different wall treatment, or a special way to finish an accent wall! You have great taste! I love following you as you fix up and decorate your home! It will be a wonderful home! Fall blessings! Linda

  40. Love that wall, thanks for inspiring me to use my God given talents. You are an inspiration by your living example. God bless you Rhonda, I am so happy for your new home.

  41. Rhoda…you create the most wonderful wall treatments with such expertise and ease…The wall is spectacular!….thanks for the tutorial!…

  42. Monica Beth Converse says:

    I am just tickled with the outcome of your “story” … I have shared it with several friends who needed to know that “everything will be alright” and WOW! Look what you have done…the next chapter of your LIFE BOOK will be so incredible…you are truly an inspiration.

  43. I love the outcome! What a great focal point on your wall! Bold, yet restful at the same time. Really good choice for your bedroom!

  44. Rhoda,
    I’m so happy for you, being in your beautiful home. You are just so SMART. Love, love, love your kitchen…wish you would come and do some tile for me. Always enjoy your recipes, always enjoy reading about your dear parents and how amazing they are. Left Bella Rustica too soon as did not get to meet you. Blessings to you!

  45. Very nice! You have made that house look so nice! You are making it into a home. So many ideas to use! It looks so amazing!!

  46. I think it looks MAHvelous, Rhoda! You have the patience of Job!?!?!?! Loving seeing all of your personal touches as you put your nest together! Remember to sleep sometimes! 🙂

  47. Rhoda! That wall is FABULOUS!! I put up a colorful and girly argyle wall in our daughter’s room…never thought to do a gingham print. So cute!!!

    Thank you for sharing!

  48. Looked all over your website this morning for this wall and low and behold it was in my email tonight. Thanks for sharing

  49. This looks great! Cant wait to see the post on stenciling your drapes. Ive often thought about doing that. Lead the way Sister! And when are you going to spill the beans on that magic elixir you drink for all your energy and endurance? ;-))))

  50. Karen asbell says:

    I LOVE Windsor Greige, my bedroom and bath is that color! Your house is going to look adorable!

  51. Oh Rhoda, I’m so happy for you!! Your house is coming together beautifully!! You so deserve this!! You and your helpers have worked so hard these past months to give this home a new life for years to come.

    I can’t wait until all the boxes are unpacked and you’re finally going to settle in!!


  52. Excellent technique on removing your tape- it is key to a great paint job. The wall is gorgeous.

  53. Gorgeous! I absolutely love the colors and all the accents. I need patience to do all the taping and painting…but I am dying to do an accent wall just like yours for my guest bedroom.

  54. I just LOVE your gingham wall! Can you come to my house?


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