May 3, 2012
I was in love!
It immediately struck me that we have a similar wall in our house that was the perfect canvas.
I thought and thought and thought about what I wanted to do with our wall.
I kept coming back to the idea of big, fat stripes.
I. Love. Stripes.
One look at my closet and you can see that I am mildly obsessed.
I choose Valspar High Speed Steel and got to mapping out my plan
I knew that I did not want to paint the air register that is on the wall.
The register measured 7 1/2" and I determined that I wanted my stripes to be 8" thick.
I started at the register and measured up and down in 8" increments and made a line with the level.
I found the tips in this post super helpful!
She mentions planning out the stripes so that you do not have to paint one at the top or the bottom.
That makes perfect sense but I would have never thought about that before reading her post.
I taped off the stripes using painters tape
(horizontally and also vertically along the sides).
I put BIG pieces of blue tape in the areas I did NOT want to paint.
I read quite a few 'painting stripes' articles before I began this adventure.
They all suggested to paint over the taped lines with your base color.
This ensure that if any paint seeps under the tape it will already be sealed with your base color.
Super clear, right?
I used a small foam brush and it worked like a charm.
I had almost 0 bleed through from the stripe color.
Now it was time for the big guns
(this is a mini house tour for you guys too!)
Once I had the stripes painted I quickly took off the tape before the paint dried.
(another trick I read)
I had quite a bit of paint leftover (could have easily gotten away with a sample jar)
and while contemplating what to do with it,
the Mister suggested re-painting the frames.
What is your vote?
Leave them cream colored or paint them gray/blue??
And one more for good measure
I really, really love the way this wall turned out.
It was so easy and quick.
I'd say that this project took me less than 3 hours,
you really can't beat that!
What do you think??
*p.s. sorry about some of the spacing and word sizes-blogger is not cooperating at the moment.