Hi there! It’s Jenny from Paint Yourself a smile. I’m so glad to be joining you today! Danielle asked me to stop by and share with you my simple bathroom update along with a few of my favorite painting tips. Shall we get started?
The Bland Wall Backstory
Just to give you a little background, it wasn’t all that long ago that we moved into a new construction house. It was a wonderful blank canvas and I felt blessed to be moving in. But I also felt very overwhelmed from all the work that I knew lay ahead of us. Those of you who have moved into a builder grade new construction home know what I mean. For one thing, the whole house was painted a flat cream and I mean whole house- ceilings too! Every room was the color of a saltine cracker. I know, dreamy huh? But as much as I wanted to run right out and buy a gazillion gallons of paint, a little voice of reason kept saying that I needed to worry about more important things like getting the rest of our stuff moved in and getting the kids settled. By the way, that little voice of reason goes by the name of my husband and I think it only fair to point out that the voice of reason happens to be color blind. Just sayin’
The Guest Bathroom Before
This is basically what my little guest bath looked like when we moved in with the exception of the construction dust on the floor. Now can you blame me for wanting to slap on some color? I did agree not to paint everything all at once but I was able to sneak in a few quickie paint jobs like the little guest half bath.
The Guest Bathroom After with Paint
Nothing major was done. I changed out the faucet and towel bars and then added simple paint. It makes a big difference wouldn’t you say?
My favorite painting tip is the trick to getting a clean line. You will need this if you plan to do stripes in your own home. First off, use a high quality painters tape. I’m a bargain shopper but this is one time you want to get the good stuff. I highly recommend Frog tape. Frog tape alone works pretty darn amazing but I add one extra step. After I apply my tape I brush on a thin coat of the baseboard color over the edge of the tape. Not only does it seal it, but if a little paint accidentally bleeds underneath the tape it won’t be seen because it is already the color of the baseboard.
How to Paint Stripes like a Pro!
To paint the stripes I choose two similar colors. I recommend painting the wall your lightest color first. I chose Sherwin Williams Agreeable Grey (SW7029). The next step up on the paint chip card is Anew Grey but I felt it was too dark so instead of going up a full step (Anew Grey) for my second color, I asked the clerk at the paint store to mix my paint only a half step up from Agreeable Grey. This worked out perfect and I still got a nice contrast without it being overpowering.
Step 1 Paint your base color ( the lightest of your two shades)
Step 2 Use a ruler to mark where each stripe will go. I used a 12 in square quilting ruler and started at the baseboard and marked up the wall every 12 inches.
I don’t recommend using a pencil because the marks can be hard to erase. Plain chalk works well. I have also used a washable marker but it can’t be just any washable marker. Crayola ULTRA-CLEAN washable maker works very well and comes right off with water. I have tried plain old washable markers and those did not work.
Step 3 I used a long ruler to connect and create the line.
Step 4 Tape off the contrast stripe.
Step 5 Seal the tape with the base color and let dry to ensure a perfectly clean line.
Step 6 Paint on the contrasting color
Once the paint is dry remove the tape and whala you will have perfect wall stripes.
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