Happy Monday my friends!
I hope you all had a fabulous weekend.
If you follow along on
, you may have noticed that I finally got around to painting our front hall.
I wrote about our inspiration and plan in
, but if you need a quick refresher, this is what we were starting with.
The good news is, I would like to have the apartment photographed for a real-live house tour one of these days. The bad new is, most publications want "brand new" content, which means I have to do that annoying teaser thing where I show you most of what I did, but not the final-final results.
However, I figured this would be a great time to tell you a little bit about what I learned as I attempted painting stripes….
Let me just say, I am SO thankful for the amazing advice I got from readers when I posted about the idea
. You guys gave the most helpful suggestions like "get a laser level" and "don't worry too much about the exact measurements."
This sounds counter intuitive when painting stripes…wouldn't you want to be as exact as possible? But I quickly learned that any attempt at perfection would drive me insane.
The hall had all sorts of weird openings, none of which lined up, so the main question became where to start the stripe. I figured since we spend most of our time hanging out in the living room, it was most important that the stripe looked "right" from there.
to draw out the wall and came up with this rough draft. (Apologies for the photo of a photo….I stupidly deleted the document before realizing it might have blogging value).
I bought the
at my local hardware store, and let me tell you something, you could not do this job without it.
I started by measuring from the living room wall that we had decided was our starting point. I made a small mark every 12 inches to indicate where a line would be. Then I took the laser level and stuck it to the wall pointing up and taped in two to three foot sections until I got to the ceiling.
Then, I would turn the laser level down, and tape until I got to the bottom molding.
A note about the laser level. It was awesome, but the sticky "gum" that holds it to the wall does leave a residue. (You can kind of see it along the tape in the right photo). I ended up spending a lot of time scrubbing that off during touch-ups and then painting over it.
Also, because we had already hung our gallery wall I just left the hooks on the wall and painted around them. Definitely not a method endorsed by professional painters, but I figured why bother re-hanging everything.
It took me approximately two days to tape the walls.
As you can see from the photo they are incredibly similar I actually thought I was going to like Bold Blue more, but in the end I decided that
was a bit more sophisticated looking. (I was afraid Bold Blue might be too bright and end up looking cheesy in this space). Again sorry for the terrible iPhone photos. The walls are white, not yellow/cream.
Our ceilings are ten feet tall so I couldn't reach the ceiling (even with my awesome step ladder). On one side of our hallway we have a cable wire that runs across the top (yay NYC apartments) which acted as a fabulous border and basically stopped the paint from touching the ceiling on it's own.
On the other side, well, not so much. I did my best, but Mike ended up helping me by taping over the stripes once they had dried so I could touch them up with white paint at the top.
When I got to the end of the wall, I couldn't decide whether or not I wanted to carry the stripe over the front hall closet. In my original rendering I had said yes, but ultimately I decided against it. We have plenty of left over paint though, so depending on what we do with the rest of the foyer walls, I can always go back and add them.
Overall, I really enjoyed this project, but I think that's because I accepted early on that this was not going to be perfect. If something looked 99% OK as I was working, I just let it be. Now that it's finished, the overall look is pretty striking (if I do say so myself) and you can't really tell where there were any mishaps.
Oh, and the morning after I was all done I came out in the hall to discover this.
That has since been remedied.
So, what do you think? Would you paint stripes? Are you just annoyed I didn't show you the entire thing? I
the whole apartment tour is worth waiting for!