Oops!… I Sharpied The Wall


One room in our house that really stumped me is the powder bathroom.  It’s right off the entry, so I knew that I wanted it to look presentable since it’s the first thing people will see when they come into our house.  Last November, we had the flooring replaced, swapped out the toilet and vanity, and painted the walls.  Then the powder room kind of just sat there for the next 7 months.  I just didn’t know what to do to wrap up the project. I knew that hanging a mirror and light wouldn’t really “complete” it.  It would still look super bland.  Since I have a long list of projects to do around the house, I decided to finish the powder bathroom by using quick and easy DIYs.  So that means that I’m not going to do wainscotting or shiplap in the bathroom, at least for now.  But I’m going to bring it up to a look that I’m proud of and is inviting to all that come through.

I knew I wanted to do an accent wall for the wall where the vanity, mirror, and light is on.  I searched everywhere for wallpaper that would be appropriate.  But then I thought, what if I tried to sharpie a wallpaper instead?  I already used Sharpie on our coat closet to create a herringbone pattern and it looks great.  So I was eager to put this to the test.  I searched for a pattern that would be easy to mimic.  I settled on this wallpaper by RoomMates Decor.  It retails for $39.99, which isn’t horrible.  But I wanted to know if it’s possible to do this with the price of one Sharpie paint pen.

RoomMates Decor Doodle Scallop Peel and Stick Wallpaper

This pattern is quite unique, and because the shapes are very organic and irregular, I knew that if I were to mess up, it wouldn’t be a huge deal.  I decided to space mine out further vertically and make the doodles larger so it doesn’t look as busy.

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– Scrap wood or ruler
– Sharpie paint pen

For this project, you’ll just need three things – a level, a scrap piece of wood (or ruler), and a Sharpie paint pen.  You need a level to make sure that all the lines are straight.  I chose to use a scrap piece of 1×3 that’s about the length of the wall instead of a ruler because it’s deeper, so I won’t accidentally lose control and paint over the board.  Lastly, it is important to use a water-based Sharpie paint pen instead of a regular Sharpie.  Sharpie paint pens are made for craft purposes, and like paint, it sits on top of your drywall (instead of soaking in), so if you ever want to paint over it, it wouldn’t end up being this stained mess.

I placed the level on top of my scrap piece of wood and leveled it, then I drew a straight line across the top of the wood.  Then I held the wood there and made little doodles by drawing semi-circles back and forth.  When the scallop doodle looked full, I moved on to the next scallop.  Like the wallpaper, I switched it up by drawing them different shapes and sizes.

Since the wall is small and I only drew from the vanity, this took less than an hour to complete.  But the great thing is that it adds such a unique texture and character for the price of a pen – $5.

I’ll continue to customize this space with wall art and whatnot, but this is such a great start to really get my mojo going.

Light – Permo Vintage Industrial 2-Light Wall Sconce
Mirror – Giagni Matte Black Bathroom Mirror
Towel ring – MongFun Towel Ring
Faucet – Phiestina Centerset Black Faucet with Pop-Up Drain
Vanity – Glacier Bay Woodbrook Vanity

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