I used the instructions in that post as a reference, but given that I live with my very own engineer I just let him do all the dirty work (I consider math to be very dirty). Once he had taken measurements, planned everything out on graph paper, and shown me how to use the laser level I set to work on taping off the wall.
Eric had me tape an entire grid and then go back with a box cutter (I didn't own an Xacto knife at the time) to cut out the squares to make the pattern. He said it would be easier this way... yeah, I'm sure it was easier because I was the one doing all the leveling and taping and un-taping and re-taping and marking and cutting and peeling and painting and re-painting and touching-up.
After all the cutting, this is what was left. I actually really liked how the tape looked, but alas I don't think painter's tape matches with the rest of the decor.
After 2 coats of paint I removed the tape and found this little surprise.... EVERYWHERE!!!
The psychotic Virgo in me was determined to take a tiny brush and touch up each and every line on that wall. After a couple of weeks and many
This is what the wall looked like right after we moved in. Don't mind all the junk everywhere, this was literally the day after we moved in.
And this is what the living room looks like now. I've been scouring Craigslist and thrift stores looking for a relatively short and rather long credenza/sideboard to go along the wall, but so far I haven't found anything worth while that's within my budget. Once we do find one then we'll mount the TV on the wall.
The color used for the accent wall is called Really Russet by Olympic Paints and the color on the rest of the walls is called Golden Sunset from Valspar Signature Colors. In total I probably only used about 1/4 of paint for the accent wall, so I'm sure a quart would have sufficed.
2 rolls of painters tape = $18
1 gallon of paint = $14