Before I left for my summer away, I got started on my master bedroom makeover. IronFish was out of town and I decided to paint….. As I said previously, there was no real plan…. Everything just sort of evolved. IronFish’s only input ahead of time was requesting a way to showcase his metals in the office portion of the room and he suggested gray… which he got from one of his metals. I take it he doesn’t think I pay attention to his metals (well, there are an awful lot of them…).
Shades of Gray
Not fifty, just two shades were selected; both the same paint strip as the gray I painted our powder room. I love the powder room color but was afraid it would be too dark for the bedroom so I selected one shade lighter for the accent color and two shades lighter than that for the main color.
Our master bedroom is the largest room in the house. Because it is so large and we only have 3 bedrooms, we use half the room as our office. I know, it’s not very soothing to have your office in the master bedroom, but we have to use the space that is available to us. Because of this I wanted to set the office area apart from the rest of the room with paint.
And then I wanted to feature the bed wall
Before I knew it, I was taping the wall off to paint stripes! This was probably way more than IronFish could have ever imagined, so it was a good thing he wasn’t around.
If you’ve never painted stripes, there is a trick to getting a nice clean, crisp line. It’s pretty easy and it works as long as you prep properly.
Paint your wall in the lightest or main color. If I was going to do small stripes of one color and larger of another, I’d paint the wall the color that was going to have the largest stripes. Paint two coats and let dry completely. Beware of “helpers…..”
Using a level
Decide where you want your stripes and pencil them in. Make sure they are straight with a level, the longer the better. I wanted 12 inch even stripes.
Tape off the stripes with painters tape. I know from experience that it has to be painters tape, cheap masking tape will remove the paint with it! Line the tape up with the pencil line you already drew. My tape must have been old because it kept tearing down the middle, but I still got a straight line!
Press the tape down. Go back over it after you’ve put the tape up and give it an extra pressing to make sure your tape is well attached to the wall. Especially if your tape messes up like mine!
Paint over your tape with the first color
That’s right. Paint the edge of the tape where your second color will be but with the color the wall is already. This way, if there are any air bubbles, the original color will seep under. This is how you eliminate the second color from bleeding through. Let the paint dry.
Now paint your stripe color
Let it dry and repeat. There are paints on the market now that are considered “one coat.” Sorry, I’ve seen those paints, it still looks more professional with a better end result when you paint two coats. You’ve got all the paint supplies out anyways, just do it!
Once the second coat of the stripe paint is on, remove the tape. You don’t have to wait for it to dry. In fact, I think it’s better to take it off before it’s dry. Just be careful since there will be wet paint on the tape. Clean up your mess!
Step back and admire your work!
I’ll show you the full wall shortly. My headboard is mounted to the wall and I must admit I cheated. The headboard was not going to be moved. The panels are removable but the back is mounted so the back stayed in place and was painted in. Once I update the headboard I’ll show the whole wall. See it peaking out of the corner of the picture there? I’m so excited by it!
I just love how my stripes turned out. When you are facing the striped wall, the right wall is the darker color. The left and rest of the walls are the lighter color. JuneBug said it was like they colors interlocked on the striped wall. I thought that was a great description!
Have you ever painted stripes? What’s the most adventurous painting you’ve done?