I knew I could stencil something all along the top of the wall, but when I realized the scallops along the bottom of the lace were mimicked perfectly by FrogTape's Shape Tape™ in Scallop, I knew it would be so much easier:
This is the room ‘before’:
I first made a few mock ups to see how I could get the eyelet look with the Frog Tape Scallops:
I wanted to put the border up at the ceiling to help make the ceilings look taller and I had to decide just how wide I wanted it.
Spoiler: I ended up settling on 4 inches since that will allow me to install crown molding (later on down the line) and still show the eyelet design. I didn’t want to do all this work and then cover it up with crown. The pink from the wall color appears to ‘show through’ the border:
So how did I get this look? It was really simple. The entire project took me one afternoon.
First I taped the border off along the ceiling (I used a wooden block when taping in order to measure the distance from the ceiling.) I used less than one roll of tape for the entire room. Because there is a backing material on this tape (it isn't on a roll like traditional tape) it was so easy to use, since you you could peel off half the backer (the paper is slit down the center) and then position it before peeling off the remainder of the backer:
Next I pre-painted the wall color over the seam of the frog tape. I have orange peel wall and the texture is notorious for paint seepage. Sealing the tape with the wall color has always helped with that.
Next I painted on the border color. I used the same paint I used for the board and batten. (Martha Stewart’s Glass of Milk). I used semi-gloss since that is what I had, it does give a reflective finish to the border:
I needed two coats to cover the pink, and when I peeled up the tape I was THRILLED with the fact there wasn’t a single area that required a touch up.
The paint lines were super sharp, even on the textured wall. I knew that FrogTape® touts it's PaintBlock® technology, but seeing it in practice is amazing, The tape is coated with a polymer that forms a gel to prevent seepage, and clearly it works:
At this point I loved it so much, I considered just leaving the scallops (if you are considering this wall treatment, leaving a scallop border is a simple (less than 2 hours) project.
They were so adorable, but they weren’t ‘eyelet’ so I pressed on. I used some stencil template material and ran it through my silhouette with the little ‘tear drop flower’ design I picked from my list of mock ups. The FrogTape® scallops are on a one and a half inch repeat, which made it easy to design/cut the stencil:
I left the tape on the stencil in order to line up the holes in the exact same place along the paint line. Because the border was freshly painted, I used regular FrogTape® to attach the stencil to the wall:
This was the longest part of the project, but I did the entire room in under an hour (moving the ladder was the worst part):
And here is the finished look:
I rehung the curtains lower than I typically would, but I wanted to feature the border:
Here is a shot from farther back. It is harder to see the eyelet, but you can tell how it changes the appearance of the ceiling height and helps balance the board and batten:
I am not sure who loves it more.. Me or the girls:
Plus this isn't my only Shape Tape™ project. I have used the "wave" pattern on these stenciled curtains in the baby's room.
And recently used it here when stenciling a some burlap I made into patriotic stars.
I think it is a great product, and encourage you to follow FrogTape® on Pinterest or Twitter to be inspired by all the amazing things you can do with it.
Do you have ideas for what you would do with Shape Tape™?