We picked the colors and now it’s time to paint!
Step 1: Tape off the edges and lay down plastic so you don’t get paint on the carpet. We used Green Frog tape on the recommendation from various friends and DIY websites. Hopefully it gives us the clean edge we (I) want!
Step 2: Get to painting! We chose Behr Refreshing Pool (aqua) for the accent wall opposite the closet. The nursery room only has one good wall space since the other 3 walls have windows, doors and/or closet along it which makes it hard to configure furniture. Everything might end up on the one wall. lol
Step 4: Just when Husband thought he was done, Wifey tells him that now it’s time to tape the stripes. The look on his face was priceless. We used THIS website to help us figure out the best way to do it. Her post is actually called “The Lazy Girl’s Timesaving Tips for Painting Wall Stripes”. The “lazy girl” part totally appealed to me! lol. Her tip about taking the wall measurement and dividing by the number of stripes you want to nearest whole number was awesome. Our wall was 92.5″ so we measured the first 6 stripes at 13″ and the last stripe was 14.5″ but can you even tell from the picture?? I think it was WAY EASIER to use whole numbers and not worry about decimals. We didn’t have a laser level like she did so we just did it the old fashion way with a pencil and straight edge level and drew lines.
Step 5: Step back and admire your taping skills. They actually look straight! Hint: Add some little pieces of tape to the stripes you ARE NOT painting. Just makes it easier in the moment so you don’t have to think about it. Since our walls are textured we sealed the tape with the base coat paint (aqua) first to minimize any seepage, let it dry overnight before we added the white paint stripe.
Step 6: Time to paint the white stripe! We used Behr Frost (white). We painted 3 coats even though 2 coats probably would have been fine too. But after we finished the second coat, I read on Pinterest (I’m addicted!) that it’s better to remove the tape while the paint is still slightly wet to maintain a crisp straight line so we added the third coat b/c I think we started getting “remove tape” paranoia.
Step 7: Moment of truth! Time to remove the tape. I was excited and scared! I kept telling Todd, “Go sloooooooooow…” and holding my breath with every inch of tape that came off. Lemme tell ya! Removing the tape was the best part. Aaawww… look at those stripes. I am so in love. I am beyond proud of us! We did it all by ourselves.
Step 8: Once the tape is all off, admire your work. Because YOU did that. No professional help needed. I’m pretty sure Todd is thinking “Wow. I can’t believe it really worked. Maybe I should trust my wife more often especially if she found it on Pinterest.”
My thoughts exactly. 😀
Stay tuned for Part 3!