It’s a holiday here in Ontario, Family Day. To celebrate, I’m heading up to visit my sister, brother-in-law, and most-adorable-creature-on-the-planet nephew. But, before I get on the road, I thought I would share some progress shots of the guest room.
After painting the room in Benjamin Moore “Sea Haze” I moved on to taping out the accent wall. I decided on a slightly smaller herringbone pattern than what I had seen elsewhere, and divided up the wall into even columns. This was more of a challenge than you might think given there is a two inch difference between the width at the top of the wall and the width at the bottom. In the end, they turned out to be approximately 7.5″ each.
Next, I measured 5″ increments down each of the vertical tape strips. I used a level to save myself some time; marking several rows at once. Then, I applied the diagonal tape, row by row, from one pencil mark to the next. I taped to the inside of my pencil marks for the areas I wasn’t painting, and to the outside of the marks for the areas to be painted. I also marked the areas where I didn’t need to paint, just to remind myself.
After three coats (left over grey paint from the kitchen cabinets), this is how she looked:
Then I had the scary moment in which I peeled away the tape, realized how much bleed there was, and spent another hour re-doing all of the lines by hand. wah wah! This is the kind of project where you want to spring for the expensive tape.
But, I think it all turned out pretty well. At first I was a little scared of how much contrast there was. But, in the spirit of being bolder and adding more colour to the house, it’s growing on me. Plus, I really like the grey tone next to the Sea Haze, even though it makes it read a little brown.
There is still a lot to do in this room, including adding window treatments, a rug, headboard, side-table, dresser, and art. But, it is a huge improvement on what we had before.
Anyone else on holiday today? What projects did you tackle over the weekend?
Happy Monday, weirdos!