Step 2: Create a Grid

create a grid
Photo: Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn
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Using pale chalk dust, snap vertical and horizontal chalk lines on the walls at 12-inch intervals. Then draw a grid of 1-inch squares on the traced pattern. Use chalk to transfer the design, now 12 times larger, square by square onto the walls. Step back and make sure the design connects gracefully. Allow it to bump up against windows, ceiling, and doors – that's part of the charm.

NOTE: The proportions are up to you. If you transfer a one-inch square of template to a one-foot square on the wall, you will enlarge the pattern 12 times. You can play with the ratio to get the effect you want.
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    Tools List

    • Pencil
    • two-foot level
      Level
    • folding ruler
      Ruler
    • chalk line
      School chalk and/or Chalk Line with pale chalk dust
    • Painter's Tape
      Painter's Tape (to protect baseboard and molding)
    • artist's brush
      Rounded Artist's Brush, such as a #12

    Shopping List

    1. Tracing paper

    2. Pattern such as a length of wallpaper, fabric, or wrapping paper, or a photocopied image of a patterned object, such as a rug

    3. Damp cloth

    4. Interior latex paint in three colors