The stripes are done and I am IN LOVE!
The process was pretty painless (other than a level dropped on my toe), just time consuming. Here's the rundown of what we did:
- After I decided the width (6") and direction of the stripes (horizontal to make the room feel bigger), we used a laser level and a yard stick to pencil the lines on the wall (I've seen that people have done this alone, but I don't know how it can be done without two people!). This was by far the most time consuming part of the whole process (it took us two days because of crazy kids and the fact that I'm OCD when it comes to stripes on the wall).
- Once the pencil marks were up, the taping went very quickly. Remember to firmly press the edges of the tape down so the paint won't bleed underneath it.
- Painting the stripes was so easy and quick! With a 4" roller, a sponge brush for the corners, and two coats of paint (2 hour drying time in between), the stripes are done! We removed the tape fairly quickly after we finished painting the second coat so it wouldn't dry to the tape and peal (a suggestion from the guy at the paint store, thanks!). We only had the tiniest bit of bleeding, but I chock that up to the fact that we've never done stripes before. Our next attempt will be flawless, I'm sure!
I love them and Toddler G does, too - she even took the paint chip into school for show and tell!
I'm so inspired now when I walk into the girls' room! I'm already planning on painting vertical stripes on one of the family room walls. I'm leaning toward Benjamin Moore Ashley Gray, but it may be too dark, I'm still deciding.
Do It Yourself
Apparently I can't get my fill of Halloween crafts. I found this Halloween garland on A Beautiful Mess. Super easy and looks so cute out by the front door!
The High Point Market is now over and its time for a round-up of the exciting images I saw throughout the week. Take a peek, hopefully they're inspiring to you, too!