How to Paint a Scalloped Wall
Learn how to paint a scalloped wall design in your home. This is a great way to add interest to a boring wall.
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I’m so excited to share the first real project in our new house in Florida.
The entryway felt like a good place to start. It’s the first area that you see when you walk into our home. This area is also seen from my desk, so I look at this wall a lot.
My initial plans were thwarted due to light switches placed in the center of the wall, so I decided to paint a feature wall.
I decided on painting a scalloped wall, but with a twist. Since we live near the beach and water, I decided to flip my scallops to look more like waves.
I love the effect that it creates. Maybe it’s blue waves, maybe it’s white scallops.
How to Paint a Scalloped Wall
Before I get started, I wanted to point out that my walls have a slight orange-peel texture and this design still worked pretty well. (I get a lot of questions about textured walls, so it’s good to finally have some answers.)
Up close, it’s not perfect, but when you stand back from it, it looks amazing.
- Paint (for base color and another color for scallops)
- Paint brush and roller
- Painter’s tape
- Laser leveler
- Small flat craft paint brush
- Scallop stencil (free printable download at the end of this post)
I used HGTV by Sherwin Williams paint in Pure White and Celadon Pottery in eggshell. This color is hard to find online, but it’s very similar to SW Hazel.
- Prepare your walls for paint as needed. Fill all nail holes and prime those spots.
- If needed, paint your walls the base color.
- Use a laser level and tape off how high you want the design to go. (In a normal, non-vaulted room, I recommend going up about 2/3 or 3/4 of the wall.)
I used the height of the offensive wallpaper border to determine my height.
- Paint the bottom part of the wall up to the tape.
- Once that coat of paint is dry, add another coat for full coverage.
- Remove the painter’s tape while the paint is wet on the final coat of paint.
- Print out the stencil and cut it out.
- Use it to trace the design onto the wall with a pencil.
- Use a small craft paint to fill in the scallops/waves.
- Let the paint dry and add another coat as needed until it looks solid.
- If you accidentally paint outside the lines, use the base color to touch up the paint.
Other Tips to Know
- You will need a steady hand to paint this design. Skip the 2nd cup of coffee.
- I used eggshell paint because it’s much more forgiving and hides mistakes better than a glossy paint.
- Don’t use a pen to trace the stencil. Ink is almost impossible to cover with paint.
- There will be a ridge from the paint tape. If it bothers you, you can sand it smooth and touch up paint as needed.
- For larger scallops, trace something round and large, like a dinner plate.
Did you know that you can get paint samples mailed to you? This is such a convenient way to view paint colors without going to the store a million times!
Here’s how it looked after I painted the wall.
We just had the flooring redone, so here’s how it’s looking now:
Our MCM-inspired Besta cabinet was damaged in the move, so I added new doors and legs. This cabinet holds games and puzzles.
I am obsessed with this palm tree mirror. So good!
This wood bowl holds our growing seashell collection (we have a ton that needs to be cleaned still.)
The vase and pampas grass add height and disguise the HVAC controls.
Still to do:
- New light
- New rug that fits the double doors
- Paint closet door and front doors
Download the Scallop Stencil Template
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