Wednesday, February 6, 2013

A Wall Earns it's Stripes

I'm back on my DIYish and I have painting fever!  I decided that our upstairs hallway needed some lovin' and since my new color crush is Sherwin Williams - Lazy Gray and not to mention I have a ton of it leftover from my last paint project, I decided to give it a go and add some stripes on those bare walls.

We started taping it off on Thursday night, thinking it was such a small area that it wouldn't take much time at all....boy were we wrong!  It took forever for my husband and I to figure out what size we wanted our stripes and as always he was being too technical (in my opinion) and I was getting frustrated over the whole thing.  We decided to go with 7 3/4" stripes so the first stripe would hit just above the door frames and making the taping job less hectic (we planned to keep the first stripe the original wall color...therefore no taping the ceilings or above the door frames).  Needless to say we didn't finish taping the first night and finished it up on Friday, with plans to paint the next day.  We learned some things along the way though....

 
 
 
 

Lesson #1:  Laser levels work, but result in a lot more frustration.  Just stick the thing in the wall! We didn't want the pin holes in the wall, so I made George hold it up and he kept moving the line around and fussing over how long it was taking for me to put up the tape...major hand cramping involved!

Lesson #2:  Taping horizontal stripes is not necessarily good for your marriage. Between our banter back in forth over my taping technique, his cramped hand, and one good meltdown by me, we may not need to paint anymore stripes in our house ;)

Lesson #3:  All the time and frustration is well worth it!  Yes - it takes the people on those design shows only minutes to throw up tape for stripes and other geometrical patterns, but believe me that is definitely edited TV!




 


 



 
 
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16 comments:

  1. I just found your blog through Apartment therapy. the stripes look great. I'm looking forward to being a new follower. :)

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    1. Thanks! I'm glad that you found us...I love new readers!

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  2. Great stripes! Love your colors. I did some stripes in my guest room and I'm with you..not the easiest task in the world, but so rewarding when you pull away that tape. Yours turned out wonderful! I just spent some time around your blog and your home tour, I love your style and aesthetic. I'm a new follower!

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  3. Thanks Christina! I love them so much I plan on doing more in our powder room. I'm happy to have you as a new follower!!

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  4. LOVE it! Those stripes are SO awesome. And there is nothing better than Frog Tape! In fact, I'm doing a giveaway on my blog, that includes Frog Tape!

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    1. Frog tape is the best!!! I will never use anything else.

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  5. Beautiful job! I love the stripes.

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  6. It looks great! I'd like to invite you to participate in my Pin Me Linky Party. It goes Fri-Tue. I allow up to 3 links each week!

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    1. Thanks Diana! I would love the participate in your party!!

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  7. It looks great!

    I'd love if you shared these at my Show & Tell party this week. http://www.gingerlymade.com/2013/02/show-tell-13.html

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    1. Thanks Ginger! I would be happy to share at your Show & Tell Party!

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  8. This looks fantastic! My husband's one of those technical types, too, so I've been leery about trying stripes. Not sure I have the energy for the arguments that would cause. But now that I've seen yours? I have serious stripe envy!

    I'd love if you'd come join my How To Tuesday link party, too.
    http://housewifehowtos.com/link-party-2/how-to-tuesday-link-party-9/

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    1. Thanks so much Katie! I would be happy to share it at your party!

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