The plan, every good project has to have a little bit of a plan. Lisa is good at that part. I joked that even though I’m in accounting the math was killing me. It helped when she told me to convert the feet into inches and divide by the number of stripes I had in mind (8), this would give me the perfect width of stripe for the wall. I was like “Oh yeah that makes much more sense to work in inches” We decided 12 inches wide would be a good way to go. It gave us some uneven number so we rounded it to an even 12″
This shot the black paint is still wet, and I had not cut in the ceiling yet. It was golden hour so it looks a bit warm.
You see when the school year was coming to an end, littlest and only girl wanted a bedroom make over. So naturally we started browsing Pinterest and I’m not sure exactly what I was thinking when I showed littlest and only girl my girlfriends bathroom which I had fallen in love with but you see my girlfriend had painted her bathroom with big thick horizontal stripes in black and white. So I show my girl and she is sold! Just like that she says “I want stripes!”
Just for fun we went to the paint store and she picked out colors. One set was in hot pink and black (the girl has never strayed from the color pink) she loves it so much her one set of grandparents call her Pink! And I never was going to dress my girl in pink, who was I kidding?? The other colors were…oh, well doesn’t really matter because she picked pink and black. So summer was trucking along and she would bring it up from time to time and I was like, “well, um, well I think I’m busy this week.” Secretly dreading the whole stripe thing. I even thought I could surprise her when she was at summer camp for a week. Well, that didn’t happen. Then I told her before we could even think about painting we would have to clean out her room and give outgrown clothes to charity and let go of some stuffed animals. So that happened and that same day, she says “let’s go buy the pink paint mom” So I reluctantly did that and we painted the entire room pink. (Check) phase one finished.
Then a few days later she says, “when are you going to call Lisa so she can help you get started with the lines and we really should go buy that black paint” So I called Lisa and she, bless her heart was ready to help that same week! So I bought the black paint and the fancy frog tape.
I started to doubt myself at some points too, and my favorite phrase learned from my good friend Lisa was “trust the level” and she got me started on the first solid line and then I released her, I mean she had after all been tortured by her own bathroom project. I spent, no kidding at least over 3 hours after she left, making lines, then taping the lines and saying out loud “trust the level” over and over.
By the next day I was ready to take my (old driver’s license) and smooth down the tape real hard like, then paint the edges of the tape in the original base color pink so the black wouldn’t bleed through. I was so temped to just do one line then rip the tape off to see my results but instead I went against my normal instinct and methodically did one stinkin step at a time. I hate cutting in….just so you know. It’s the most boring and time-consuming part of painting. Plus I don’t tape things off because that step is horrible. I just use the steadiest hand I have and go for it (which happens to be my right.) When it was all said in done, I had motorcycle man paint the first coat of black on two of the lines, I had Abbie help with the base wall paint and Lisa help with the most crucial part, starting the straight first solid line. In the end I’m extremely pleased with the results and there was little bleeding so little it took not much time at all to hit the little bleed spots with a small artist brush and the stripes were complete.
One of these days when the room is really complete I might post another picture. Because we have plans of closet doors and possibly shutters on her one window, I need to hit all the white trim again and most likely repaint her floor again (totally dreading that part) Plus we picked up a $35 black simple desk at Target and will hang some shelves above her new desk soon. She has the tiniest room in the entire house and the most stuff. How does that happen?
P.S. after I finished her room…..I painted my bathroom black. Yes I did. With her left over black paint. Next post will be about that.