We are all about hexagons in the Quirk household! A couple of years ago I tiled our bathroom floor in a black and white honeycomb motif to compliment our home’s nearly 100 year old history. With our kitchen/dining/living room reno nearly complete, I’d like to show you how we integrated it into this space!
The biggest portion of our project was knocking down the wall between the kitchen and dining room to open up the space. In the process we removed a non original bathroom as well. With the connecting wall gone, we had one very long wall at the back of the house - the perfect setting for a painting project!
Initially I had planned to make this wall have the appearance of wallpaper, but as I began taping, Adam and I agreed we liked the organic, natural path the honeycomb was taking on it’s own! Speaking of taping, I made a template out of cardstock with 4″ sides (and then drew a 60 degree angle with another 4″ line to create the hexagon. Knowing the floors of our older home aren’t level, I opted to start in the middle of the wall using a level to begin the pattern. I got into quite a groove - wearing the tape on my wrist like a bracelet and holding scissors in my right hand as I taped, taped, taped!
Read on to see details of how I completed this project!
Here’s what the wall looked like with the tape all in place!
And painted over….
And with the tape removed…
And the finished product!
I used delicate surface painter’s tape, but on a bumpy wall I didn’t get the perfect clean lines I wanted. I also thought the bright white behind it was too intense, so I did a grey wash over the pattern and I love how it came out. I don’t have photos of this stage because it was a) super messy and b) I had to work quickly. The final pattern definitely visible, but it’s almost looks like a reflection or light coming in from the windows.
In front of the wall is what we’re calling a hutch. We bought a white 6 box organizer from Lowe’s and added steel hairpin feet (clear coated to prevent rust). We spray painted the backing board matte navy blue, which will work back to some of our other decor. On top Adam fabricated a gorgeous cherry top. The wood comes from a property here in Monroe county and Adam planed, sanded and finished it himself!