Even though we finally hung our TV above the fireplace, I was still faced with the issue of the big, boring wall that previously housed our old entertainment unit/TV.
Side story: I don't know if I've really ever shown you guys our SUPER tiny half bath, but it was actually one of the first projects I did when we moved into the house (before I knew I was going to to be blogging about everything) but it was actually my first attempt with horizontal stripes since I was hoping to give the room some depth.
To be honest, I really like the results...
Enter this weekend:... courage level: 10... weeks pregnant: 33.... eagerness to get a bunch of stuff done around the house before my mom comes to visit on Thursday: 1,000,000...
To be safe, I started out as every good project should; measuring and remeasuring.
After playing with some initial sizes, Chris and I decided that nine 10" stripes would look best. This way, having an odd number of stripes, I could leave the color next to the crown and baseboards the same color without having to paint one of them! (ie. no paint, paint, no paint, paint, no paint, paint, non paint, paint, no paint).
Measuring off to the side of the wall closest to the hallway, I made my marks.
|They are VERY light, but trust me, they're there...|
|I know I had 3 Restoration Hardware colors and then I snagged another similar one while at Home Depot|
The only one that I "kinda" liked was this guy (which you can barely even see).
It was then that I had my glorious idea to head back to Lowe's (where we had our original "Silver Sage" color matched) and have them bring it down a shade or two.
This was the result:
|It was also nice being paint and primer in one since I was going from a dark to a light color|
If I haven't stressed how much I love Frog Tape, I. LOVE. FROG. TAPE.
What happened next was like an early Christmas present... Chris found his laser leveler.
|that is some PREGNANT belly... at least I'm starting him at DIY early in life|
Just to be safe, I only took off the tape on the bottom stripe to see if I even liked it. Before I could finish, Chris walked through the room.
"Uhhh yea, you're going to want to take it all off. Trust me. Don't step back until all the tape is gone."... and then he left.
Delayed gratification doesn't really work well for me (I seriously tried every single old wives tale in the book to find out if we were having a boy or a girl MONTHS before our reveling ultrasound) so peeling off all the tape before seeing how it looked pretty much nearly killed me.
When I did finally look, I was ecstatic.
It was the perfect, subtle stripe that I had been going for... not too much, but not too BAM! in your face stripe either.
One of my favorite angles was how it looked from the side when you are first entering the house... you can barely tell they are there.
|Why yes, the stripes on my wall ARE magic!|
After everything had dried, I gently helped Chris put the couch on slidely, furniture mover things, and moved the couch into place.
Especially now that the TV was set up and working, we even got to enjoy a little Ranger's baseball while eating some dinner.
Window/front of house:
HERE) and added a little side table that I sprayed oil rubbed bronze to go with their nail head detail.
View of the fireplace/TV...
View as you walk in the door:
View from the archway/dining room:
Most days, I can be found like this:
|I love to this wall... hugs...|
The next step is to get some artwork, frames, pictures, etc up on that wall as well. My WONDERFUL mother and her HYSTERICAL sister (my aunt) are coming into town this weekend for my baby shower and we are going to head to the Trade Days at Canton, TX (aka. HUGE flea market) so maybe I will find some fun stuff there... fingers crossed!
What do you guys think of the stripes? Im pretty happy with 'em!