Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Seeing stripes.

I have a love/hate relationship with painting, as I'm sure most people do. I like picking colors (came dangerously close to hyperventilating in the Valspar section at the local big box). OK, but I love planning accent walls (failed miserably with the chalk level, laser level, and meter stick). But seriously-- I can't get enough of actually getting the paint on the walls (I have paint in places I don't even care to mention).

So, basically, I have a hate/hate relationship with painting. Luckily, I have a wonderful husband who encourages my creativity and puts up with my ever-changing mind. He's the only reason I didn't completely lose my you-know-what when tackling our striped room. 

Here was my inspiration:  

I decided on one wall of stripes (to preserve my sanity) in one of our guest rooms. I started with a plan, piece of scrap paper, and Nordic Blue by Valspar. 

I added a level and a meter stick to the mix. It didn't go so well at first-- then the vino started flowing, and I didn't care so much about straight lines. As I was marking/taping stripes, Mr. Willi was painting the boring walls. 


Got the stripes taped, double checked to make sure I was keeping the correct pattern. 

Had a little mishap with some visible pencil marks, but after a quick swipe with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, the room was done!

Please excuse the iPhone photos-- Nordic Blue is less blueberry shake, and more icy with gray undertones. Overall, I'm super happy {dare I say, impressed} with how this room turned out!

A few notes-to-self on this endeavor: 
  • Use a pencil with much lighter lead. 
  • Don't paint sample colors on a potential accent wall (had to repaint this wall white before I even got started).
  • Don't let Amwilli paint near the ceiling, or in corners.
  • Don't stress over stripes! It all looks straight enough in the end :)
Stay tuned-- more adventures in paint to come!