Stripes Stripes Baby

March 28, 2012

It all started with these two items.  Then we added a second color and voila!  Houston... we have stripes.  I am in L O V E  with my new room.  This is my downstairs family room. When I had the house built  7 years ago the builder had an upcharge for everytime you changed a paint color.  it was $250 regardless of the size of room.  Needless to say I only had one other room painted a different color at that time. the whole house with the exception of the kitchen was the same color.  The room was fully furnished but when my middle son moved into his own apartment last fall we of course helped furnish it with the furniture we had in this room.  (That way I could replace it with new furniture).  The buffet in the corner is heavy so it is still in the room.  It was a dark wood and I repurposed it to be a less a buffet and more of a cabinet.  I took the doors off the front and use the space to display pictures and a few books.  The middle top drawer was taken out and a shelf created to slide the DVD player into this spot.   I refinished it in black last summer, but may change it to a pop of color now!  that will be a post all in itself!!  The room needed a new paint job terribly.  After my last adventure of choosing a paint color in the gray family I blogged about here I was more cautious with this decision. 

A trip to Sherwin Williams and a few supplies we were ready to tackle the project.  The BF prepped the room (I can never  get a picture of a room prior to prep) and painted the base color.  We choose SW Versatile Gray.  The stripes color is two shades lighter and is SW Plume Heron.   He painted the room in one afternoon and then we had to let it cure before we taped it off. 

Here is the room in the new color Versatile Gray.  Very nice.

We measured from floor to ceiling in several places along the wall to confirm the wall was level.  Then to assure that we had straight lines going horizontal I suggested we use a chalk line.  We used this technique when we painted the union jack on Cameron's wall I blogged about here.  It works very well but you have to snap the line softly so you don't have as much dust to clean off the wall.  We taped directly above or below the snap line then wiped it off prior to painting.  Frog Tape (in my opinion) is by far the best for getting a sharp edge and line.  The tape comes in green for everyday projects, and the yellow is designed for delicate or fresh paint surfaces.    My stripes are ten inches wide with a 5 inch header and footer. 

Here is the finished wall. I just love the way it turned out.  I am now in the market for two comfy chairs in an white or off white fabric for the space and I  have a small side table I am repainting as well.    I also will be moving my office desk in the corner of the room and hopefully purchasing this chair for my desk.  Pictures will go up as soon as the room is finished.

All photos by Lisa

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