How to remodel a room with just one stripe of paint
If it’s not chevron print, its stripes, right? We’ve all seen the patterns. I wanted our “media room/play room” upstairs feeling SUPER COZY. I’m part cat…I love cozy, warm, soft things. I wanted to feel über comfortable upstairs. (apparently I just said ÜBER?) I also wanted to challenge myself design-wise and I just Pinterested “how to paint one stripe” one day and it I liked the title of this post, so I chose this tutorial. I chose a darker gray colored paint for the main wall space and a lighter color for the ONE stripe…uno, un, ein, moja. (ok, that last one is Swahili for one…and I had to Google it.) You get the point. I wasn’t about to do the room in head to toe stripes on my first go around! I thought it would add just the right personality and vibe we are going for. One stripe was enough for me! Fun? Yes. Easy? Not as much as I thought!
The room upstairs started out as a peachy/pink color when we moved in. It also had a lot of screws and nails in it, so I got to work right away on getting those out of the walls, but then I got sidetracked with the downstairs until now, a year later!
Well, when you get the ol’ chalk line instead of the laser level (because the old gentlemen from Ace Hardware advised this) and you have pencil marks all around the room, it doesn’t mean it’s level! I had to rope Big bear upstairs to help me figure out our uneven loft! That was the hardest part. After that was a blast!
Lots of before and after pictures coming right up! I’m just so pleased with it that I want to share! We want to put wooden slats on the ceiling instead of doing the insane popcorn removal process! Then we will re carpet and add more playroom/sports stuff up and be done with it! I have a top-secret idea for the fan as well!
No stripe: BOREing!
Big bear saved the day on that one. Apparently our house is slanted! I painted the stripe first and then painted the rest of the wall. Next up was the molding and sill. I used the white paint the contractors left here from painting the downstairs moldings. (That floor makeover is coming up soon!)
Reveal of the one stripe! He got to do the best part!
Then I went all bada** on the chipped window sill with it’s 10 layers of paint on it and stripped it! That was so much fun! Bubbles everywhere! I also got to wear Big Bear’s work gloves (and by work I mean DISARMING BOMBS!) so that made me feel even cooler. Move over Nicole Curtis! I might get some fake black glasses so I can be more like her when I do dangerous DIY’s!
I just want everything in its place and finished! I need to figure out curtains and how to display/store the toys! Feel free to let me know your ideas!
One stripe = Ta-da!! Isn’t she purdy?
This was SOOO much fun, but I am SOOO glad I am done! I didn’t even wash out my paint buckets, rollers or brushes! I am just done with it and it feels amazing! How people do 8 horizontal OR vertical stripes and all that jazz…for da’ birds! Maybe there’s an easier way, but it’s a learning process, right?
My pictures are terrible! I tried to take pictures at all times of the day, but with that enormous window it is impossible! Once I get some curtains up I will be able to control the light more!
- Paint: Valspar Drizzling Mist (main color)
- Paint: stripe color: Color matched to our downstairs, so it was an “oops” color I didn’t want to waste! (even MORE like NC, right???)
- Paint stripper
- Dremel Sander (the same one I used in the coat rack project)
- Painter’s Putty
- Putty Knife
- Frog tape
- chalk line…but I recommend going laser!
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