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Gingham Wall

Give this sweet-and-simple pattern a try for a playful touch to any wall. 

Source: Martha Stewart Living, May 2009


The trick to re-creating this gingham pattern is to pull a potter's rib (into which teeth have been cut) through yellow glazes, first vertically and then horizontally. Working in small, squared-off sections makes it easier to cover an expansive surface, such as a wall. The size of the gingham checks will also depend on the width of the teeth that are cut into a potter's rib.


  • 9-inch paint roller with a 1/4-inch nap

  • Small artist brush

  • Yellow base coat (pictured: Martha Stewart Colors MS109 Yellow Narcissus)

  • Glaze tint (pictured: Martha Stewart Colors MS106 Rain Slicker)


  1. Apply a base coat. Using a 9-inch paint roller with a 1/4-inch nap, paint the surface in desired color using latex paint. Let dry thoroughly

  2. Mix 1 part latex paint (pearl finish or satin finish) with 1 part latex or acrylic glazing liquid and 2 parts water. (If using oil paint, mix 1 part oil paint with 1 part oil glazing liquid and 1 part mineral spirits.)

  3. Proceed with any of the patterns, applying the tinted glaze over the dried base coat. Tip: Smooth irregularities as you work (they can catch the glaze and obscure its effect).

  4. Mark several 9-inch-wide sections on dried base coat using a pencil and a level.

  5. Cut several 1/4-inch-wide teeth into a rubber potters rib, using a utility knife.

  6. Apply a thin coat of tinted glaze to the dried base coat using a 9-inch paint roller with a 1/4-inch nap. Working in sections, drag the teeth of the potters rib through the glaze vertically. Let dry completely.

  7. Apply a second coat of tinted glaze. Drag the comb through glaze horizontally. Tip: Use a small (1/4-inch-wide) artists brush to touch up lines that are not well defined.

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