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After my first attempt at painting stripes in our Bathroom Revamp, I was bound and determined to get more stripes up on the walls in our Master Bedroom.

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With that being said, this is how I did it…

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  • 2 paint colors; one stripe color, one wall color
  • Brushed
  • RollersJune 114 (1024x768)
  • Painter’s tape

How I did it…

Beginning the night before, I put all my supplies in place. By the next morning I had the kids fed, turning to Andy at 8:30am and said “I’m going to be painting all day, you are in charge.  Unless I hear you screaming my name for help, I’m not coming out of this room.”  The kids loved spending the whole day with their Dad.

Painting Stripes and Design – the same steps I followed in my Bathroom June 116 (768x1024)Revamp, I followed here (plus a little bit of winging-it).  I painted the stripe color around outside edges of the 4 walls (as well as the slightly cookey corner), then taped and measured my design.  Followed by repainting the edges of all 4 walls with the stripe color to ‘seal’ the taped edges from bleeding through with my room color.  Lastly, I painting the WHOLE room in the final room color…  Make sense?  I hope so…

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The major problems I encountered were…Master Bedroom 034 (2000x1334)

  • Design:  In my head I was envisioning a comforting and restful bedroom; I needed to get it onto the walls in a reasonable and timely manner.  And of course the design I chose was the more difficult and complex to create with painter’s tape!
  • Level walls:  Our house was built in 1918; therefore, nothing is level, straight or even – I have come to accept and adapt.  Creating stripes along the floor trim was a synch, along the corners of the wall was a breeze, but when I hit the popcorn ceiling, the unlevel addition on the house, and over the closet/window frames I was beginning to lose my mind! Master Bedroom 004 (2000x1824) Each time I measured down from the ceiling, nothing was straight.  After about 30 minutes of working on a 5 ft. section, I was about to throw in the towel when I heard Andy in my head saying over and over “Really?  Really Beth?  You started this and didn’t finish?  Could you at least get some paint on the wall before I start to get gray hair?”

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I pulled some positive thinking out of my Mary Poppins bag and decided to wing-it (and I’ll have to invest in a laser level if I do this again).  By eyeballing it, I completed taping the design.Master Bedroom 003 (2000x1695)

Time Management…  Due to planning and prepping ahead of time, I was able to jump right in. I was confident, although Andy had his speculations…

  • The first time Andy popped his head into our bedroom and asked “Will I be sleeping here tonight or in the basement?” I answered, “As long as you keep to the kids, we will be all set.”  Then I looked around the room and thought…  I’m screwed!  I only have the stripe painted on some of the walls no tape on the wall…  And my paint is already running out and I’m not even sure I like the paint color.  What was I thinking??
  • The second time he asked “Will I be sleeping here tonight or in the basement?”  I answered, “I promise you will be sleeping here tonight, but I need you to get me more paint.”  Then I looked around the room and thought…  I’m screwed!  I can’t even decide on a design I like…  And I think I LOVE the more complicated and time consuming design!
  • The third time he asked “Will I be sleeping here tonight or in the basement?” while he was dropping off the newly purchased paint.  I answered, “Thank you for the paint.  I promise you will be sleeping in your bed, in this room tonight.”  As Andy shook his head at me and walked away, I looked around and thought…  Holy-Mother-Stinking-Cow!  I’m screwed!  What was I thinking?  Just keep going and you will finish.  Maybe I should grab a pillow and blanket for him to sleep in the basement now?
  • There was no fourth time…  I think Andy just gave up by that point.

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And by 10:30pm I was finished moving all the furniture back into place, vacuuming the floor, making the bed, and cleaning off paint brushes in the sink…  And I was falling in L-O-V-E with our bedroom all over again…

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Painting the stripes in this room was the biggest project I ever took on solo…  Have you ever taken on a BIG painting project solo?  What advice can you give me for my next painting project?  I’m planning on updating our family room…

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