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Monday, January 9, 2012

DIY Diamond Wall Treatment How-To Guide

 Okay friends, there's a ton of information in this post so strap on your seat-belts and get ready!
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Our diamond wall began with a geometry class. First, we decided what size to make the diamonds. I had a very scientific method for this step. I searched around the house for something I could use as a pattern!

This is what I found:

Ummm, that looks like the perfect shape. Let's hold it up on the wall and get a visual. Yep, that'll work! Bust out the masking tape.

I've said it before, but it's worth repeating...taping designs on walls is one of my favorite tricks. It really helps for those of us who are very visual. It's also completely non-commital!

Next, measure the wall and create a piece of graph paper in Excel. Our wall measured 160 inches x 115 inches. The "diamond" is actually a 14 inch x 14 inch square. When turned to form the "diamond" shape, it measures 20 inches from point to point.

To determine how many columns:
Take the length of your wall and divide it by the size of the diamond.
Example: 160 in. / 20 inches= 8 columns

Decide on your pattern:
Determine the amount of diamonds you want in each column. We decided to use 2 diamonds in the first column, 3 in the second column, then repeat.

Use your graph paper to plot out your pattern/spacing.

Now it's time to transfer the grid to the wall. John came up with a ninja method for this step! He used thumbtacks and fishing line to create a plumb line. The plumb line marked the center of each column.

Next, we marked the line with dots to correspond with the top and bottom points of each diamond on the grid (this included 5 diamonds on 1 line). Since there was only one fishing line, it was important to differentiate between columns. We did this by color coding: Black dots = odd columns and Red dots = even columns.

Example: Your fishing line is in place for the first column. Look for black marks on the line. Use black sharpie to transfer this point onto your wall. Next, move the line to the next column. Now look for the red dots (ignore black dots in this column). Use your red sharpie to transfer these points onto the wall. Repeat until all diamond placements are marked on the wall.

There you have it...your wall is marked, now bring on the power tools!

We purchased:
(5) 10 ft. 1x4s of first choice pine, as well as,  (4) 8 ft. 1x4s (we used the table saw to rip these boards lengthwise)
Dap wood filler
1 quart of paint- color match of Benjamin Moore, Senora gray 1530 (eggshell finish used for wall and semi-gloss for diamond treatment)
paint brush
brads for nail gun
fine-grit sandpaper
Approximate cost: $130.00

Equipment used:
Miter saw
Band saw
Table saw
Finishing nail gun

Once the boards were ripped into our desired width, we began making the diamonds.


Holding your pencil in your mouth really helps with this step!

Once the mitered edges are all cut, put 4 of the pieces together to form the diamond and attach each corner with finishing nails. Now, fill in the nail holes and the corners with dap wood filler. Love this stuff...makes ya feel like you're icing a cake but even better since it changes colors! Goes on pink and dries white.

Give it all a good rubdown with fine grit sandpaper. This helps to ensure the paint adheres easily and doesn't show any bumps from the leftover wood filler.

Use the band saw to cut your straight pieces. These are not all the same lengths, so measure carefully. We marked each piece on the back with numbers so we knew which piece went where when we were ready to assemble the treatment.

Can't believe I don't have any pictures of the painting process, but you all know what that looks like. I would advise to buy a new paint brush though. I bought a Purdy. Good bristles help to cut down on all those annoying streaks.

After painting, apply a little liquid nails then smack those babies onto the wall. This is where you get to play connect-the-dots with the red and black dots you marked earlier when creating the grid. In the first row, look for the first black dot and align the top of your diamond with it. If done correctly, the bottom of the diamond should align perfectly with the second black dot. Now move down the wall and repeat. We put finishing nails in for extra stability. 
 "Really, Dana? Must you take another picture?!" thinks John.

After cutting the straight pieces, we put the puzzle together to double check our cuts.

Okay, they fit...now for more sanding, painting, and attaching.


The edges were really rough initially so we sanded them down, added more dap and touched up the paint. This helped create a smoother transition between the pieces. Anyone know where my finished picture went? Darn...forgot to take the close-up!

Well, I've now officially spent more time writing this post than we did creating the wall! Not really, but it certainly feels like it. Feel free to email me specific questions. There was a lot of content and some of it is really difficult to put into words.

Here's the part where I get to sing John's praises. He is the math wizard that came up with all the specifics. I just stood over his shoulder, nodded and said, "Yes, honey, that sounds perfect!" He was also very patient when I announced it was time for me to learn how to use all the tools. He was probably thinking, "Good. The sooner she learns, the sooner these are her projects instead of our projects!" Just kidding, he's much nicer than that.

I hope this project inspires you to try something out of your comfort zone, friends. I was intimidated but I conquered...what's next?

Need a little push out of your comfort zone? I'd love to help you create something fun in your house, just contact me.

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pam {simple details} said...

I'll confess I didn't read through the geometry lesson, but I had to come over and see the photo of the entire wall - STUNNING!!!

Unknown said...

oh my goodness this is absolutely beautiful! You did a great job- I feel very inspired

Unknown said...

Un.Be.Lievable. I dropped by from VintageRevivals just to see the pics. I can't begin to imagine doing this. But Lordy it's great eye candy!

Grabbing My Happy said...

I LOVE IT. Seriously, that is one of the most unique wall treatments I've seen in a long time. Great job!

Rachelle said...

Oh goodness this is GORGEOUS!!! Coming from VR and SO impressed! My husband is a math wiz too...so handy:)

Amy said...

Wow- fantastic job! I love how original it is - great idea!
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SoSimple said...

Recommended by Vintage Revivals I stumbled onto your wall of AWESOMENESS! You did an amazing job, so creative, and very inspiring. I'll be back to see what else you have up your sleeve. Too Fun.

Karla Do More said...

Wow! That looks amazing. You guys did a great job. Definately subscribing and excited to see what other Awesomeness you've created.

Laura at Ms. Smartie Pants said...

What an amazing wall! I am too much of an 'eyeballer" to even attempt anything like that. It looks fantastic!

Unknown said...

I came over here from Mandi's blog. I want to tell you this project is fantabulous!!! I absolutely Love what you did to the wall! Where did you ever come up with this idea? Thank you for the inspiration and motivation ;-)

Kim-the-girl said...

I, too, am here from VR... this is SOOOOO amazing!!! Absolutely love it!

Brooke @ Inside-Out Design said...

Holy crap....this is amazing, you are amazing, and I am rushing to hit the follow button right now. Seriously, this is the best project EVER. Love it!!!

A room with a view said...

Very unique, so beautifully done. Thank you for sharing the entire process.

Erin said...

This is gorgeous! I love how unique it is, too. You guys did an awesome job. Finally, something good came of all that geometry you had to take in high school, right? I guess the teachers were right when they said we'd need it someday. :)

WhisperWood Cottage said...

Amazing project! Love the tutorial!

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Unknown said...

LOVE!!!!!! LOVE!!!! Awesome!

Tanya from Dans le Lakehouse said...

Gorgeous! The wall looks amazing.

Mom of 2 Cuties @ Sprinkles of Joy and Laughter said...

Looks fantastci! Refreshing idea!! Thanks for sharing

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Wow, that was a lot of work and what a great look. Thanks for sharing at Wow.

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

Dana, that wall is truly awesome!! I can't believe all those cuts - I am crazy impressed - and how empowered to do you feel learning to use the big girl tools??? It's a show stopper - I love it!

Katie said...

This design is amazing! It adds so much to your space! I'm featuring it later tonight!


Chrissie said...

Amazing! Thanks so much d=for sharing!

6th Grade said...

holy crazy amount of work! wow! still, it is beautiful and unique w/o being wild and wacky. love it!

Little Bit said...

Amazing! I love it. and I'm pinning it! Little Bit from DecorateWithaLittleBit.com

Honey I'm Home Blog said...

I'm popping over from Vintage Revivals where you were listed as someone's favorite blog. I can see why. So many great posts. This wall is an amazing work of art & labor of love. Great to "meet" you!

Warmly, Michelle

Abbie said...

I am DIGGING this! Absolutely fantastic job!

Would LOVE it if you'd link this up to my Feature Friday FREE-FOR-ALL party which is live right now!


P.S. I'm a new follower : )


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This looks amazing!! Seriously! And seems like it was a lot of hard work and precision!

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Melissa @ No. 2 Pencil said...

This is so inspiring! Awesome job!!!

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Katie said...

This is really cool and different.


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Hi! I pinned this on Pinterest, posted on fb, and featured at Creative DIYers Club. Please feel free to grab the feature button :)

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Amazing! This is the best article I read today. I'll try this diamond wall with my friends soon.

Ramona said...

Hi! Thank you for sharing the geometry lesson! Haha I have been thinking to do something similar but wasn’t sure HOW to go about it! I do have a question:

How did you meet up the straight wood to the diamonds?
Thanks MJ

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