Hello sweet friends. Thank you all for your encouraging words about my insecurities and lack of confidence. Seems I am not the only one who has to deal with an ever-present inner critic. But I am sure that if we keep doing what we are doing here in blogland – encouraging each other to chase our dreams – then we will surely all get that critic under control.
So you all want to see what I have been up to during my summer break….
Well after the months long project of the Billy Built-in Bookcase (my BBB project), I showed you in July, was finally finished I was left with a beautiful bookcase in an empty boring little room.
A true blank canvas with not much space to work with. But I was itching to do something special with this room. Because if you can think teeny tiny rooms are hopeless you haven’t seen Layla’s Reading Room.
Ever since I saw this picture of the Reading Room in The Lettered Cottage it has been haunting me. Such a nice, tranquil room and I loved those stripes. What if I painted stripes in my room?
The room being so tiny made it seem like a doable job. So I went for it.
Of course the job turned out much more difficult, troublesome and time-consuming then I thought beforehand. It is a good thing I always underestimate these things or I would never start a project like this. But it worked out, see:
Nice he, lovely stripes. Want to know how I did it? Want to know what NOT to do? Keep on reading, I documented all of it, mistakes and problems and all.
Ok then here we go:
1. Paint the room in the light base color. Mine was already white but I gave it a fresh coat.
2. Get a level and start taping of the walls. Because my ceiling is sloped I decided to start with a white stripe first. I made my stripes about 30 cm wide (12”), in fact I just went with the length of my ruler because that was easiest.
I used one of those little laser levels:
You have to level it yourself and then the laser sprouts a red beam that you can use to mark and tape off.
3. Work your way all around.
Ok sounds easy enough he. Well by the time I had come full circle it became evident my lines were off. Like way off, like centimeters (about 2 inches) off. The line started at the top of a shelf on my bookcase and ended up way under that shelf on the other side.
And I had really diligently used that level. My Love checked my work to see where I went wrong and he could not detect any point where I was visibly not level. But I must have been.
So I got myself an early birthday gift and bought an automatic level.
So step 2 should have been: get yourself one of these things.
No guessing whether the water bubble is in the middle of the two lines on your level, this one is fully automatic, and guaranteed level all the time.
When I checked my lines I could clearly see they were all a teeny tiny bit off, and that added up to a big mess.
4. Start over. Remove tape, re-measure and re-level and tape the whole thing again.
And that would be day one of ‘ let’s just paint some stripes’ ….
5. Paint over your tape with your base color.
Here you can see I wasn’t taking any chances. I painted over the tape with white paint so that if there would be any leakage under the tape it wouldn’t be visible because it was the same white as my base stripe.
And you can also see I marked where the color should go. Don’t I know myself well…..
6. Paint your stripes.
7. Ignore your gut feeling that the color is wrong and try to convince yourself it has to grow on you. Finish the painting of the stripes (which after all that prep work only took an hour and a half).
8. Decide that the color really looks much darker on the wall than on the paint strip and in the can, and that you don’t like it. Mix a hell of a lot of white in with the paint, and paint again.
9. Relish in the new color and start removing the tape.
10 Cry your eyes out….
I had used the wrong kind of tape, left it too long, or simply was working with bad walls. I don’t know what exactly caused my problem but when I removed the tape a lot of the recent paint layers came off leaving me with these ugly patches.
So step 1 should have been:
1. Buy quality painters tape, preferably the kind to be used on delicate surfaces….
If only I followed my own tips…..
11. Spend half a day patching up the damaged spots and removing any left-over stripe marks.
12. Truly and utterly love your stripes!!!
13. Decide it was all worth it….
So what do you think? Good job, learn anything, did I put you off of painting stripes altogether or have I encouraged you it will be worth it???
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