Paint One Stripe & Your Room Will Go From BLAH to TA-DA!

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!

Before painted wall

view of room beforeLoft before pictures

Before the paint went up

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!

revealing the one horizontal stripe of paint

Lil Bear taking the tape off the stripe-THE FUNNEST 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!

Nicole Curtis black glasses

I love this chick!

Paint stripping tools

Paint stripper, gloves, putty knife

paint stripping

Paint stripper, work gloves and putty knife

Stripped paint off window sill

After the paint was stripped

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?

Paint one stripe

View as you come up the stairsone stripe of paintup close of the one stripe of paintAdded sports themed accents

               Adding some sports themed accents here and there

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!

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35 Comments on Paint One Stripe & Your Room Will Go From BLAH to TA-DA!

  1. Kathie
    March 19, 2014 at 12:33 pm (2 years ago)

    Looks great! What a nice room, love the window

    • Dawn
      March 19, 2014 at 1:16 pm (2 years ago)

      I love the window, too! Makes the room SO warm, but sometimes we need the glare to go away!

  2. Laurie Brown
    March 19, 2014 at 2:15 pm (2 years ago)

    We did this in my daughters room. White walls. Black magnetic paint 18″ wide stripe all around… Black comforter shelves etc… and red accents… has worked for years now

    • Dawn
      March 19, 2014 at 2:43 pm (2 years ago)

      oooh, Laurie, magnetic paint was a great idea! We thought about putting chalkboard paint or dry erase paint in the corner where we hung a dry erase board, but I just couldn’t do anymore! Maybe later on after I recover from paint fumes! haha!

  3. Dawn Marie
    March 19, 2014 at 2:46 pm (2 years ago)

    Oh cool! Did she use magnets to put up posters and cool things??

  4. Laurie Brown
    March 19, 2014 at 4:11 pm (2 years ago)

    small photographs, some drawing her friends kids did for her.. that type of thing

  5. Christina Nagle
    March 19, 2014 at 5:53 pm (2 years ago)

    Awesome work goldi! Love it. Super proud of ms DIY! I would not even know where to begin with any decor projects. Maybe by the time we finally own a house you will bd such a pro that we can hire you!

    • Dawn
      March 19, 2014 at 11:22 pm (2 years ago)

      You are so sweet! You can hire me! I’ve always wanted to see the Gas Lantern town and San Diego, so I’ll make some money rehabbing your house and then I’ll go spend it down south :)

  6. Dawn Marie
    March 19, 2014 at 9:13 pm (2 years ago)

    Aw thanks everyone! It took me forever! What do you think for colors for curtains? Yellow? or darker like a red??

  7. Ashley Brown
    March 20, 2014 at 12:21 am (2 years ago)

    Wow Dawn, you are the jack of all trades!

  8. Ashley Brown
    March 20, 2014 at 12:21 am (2 years ago)

    Wow Dawn, you are the jack of all trades!

  9. Melissa Zarate Wolter
    March 20, 2014 at 1:25 am (2 years ago)

    Love reading your blog. Busy girl and the work you put in your house is awesome! Love the before and afters. It’s like HGTV, what will Dawn do next? Hehe

  10. Mandy Shipman
    March 20, 2014 at 1:49 am (2 years ago)

    Looks Great! you know i can help with custom curtains right?

  11. Dawn Marie
    March 20, 2014 at 4:09 am (2 years ago)

    Can u help with a color choice first? If I’m lucky I’ll decide before another year goes by!
    Hmm what will I do next you say…I need a nail gun for my next trick! Haha!

  12. Dawn Marie
    March 20, 2014 at 12:33 pm (2 years ago)

    I need to find one under $400 first! And then watch out! Game ON!

  13. Dawn Marie
    March 20, 2014 at 3:29 pm (2 years ago)

    Oh thanks Mandy! i’ll have to email him! Maybe I can talk him down to 50?

  14. Dawn Marie
    March 20, 2014 at 3:31 pm (2 years ago)

    you are good at finding things…the next thing I need is an alarm clock that is lit up all night. WHy is this so hard to find? I went to the PX in hawaii and they were $7. Here I find cheap ones that say, “backlight” but then I get it home and you have to press a button to get the backlight on!

  15. Dawn Marie
    March 20, 2014 at 5:27 pm (2 years ago)

    omg, you are so good mandy! On CL I wouldn’t have thought of that!! I’m messaging them! I can sanitize it!

  16. Dawn Marie
    March 20, 2014 at 8:44 pm (2 years ago)

    So I contacted the alarm clock ppl and will go look at one, but the nail gun will need an air compressor. No idea how much those run…i’ll google it :)

  17. Mandy Shipman
    March 20, 2014 at 8:45 pm (2 years ago)

    I didn’t know much about them I just searched nail gun haha

  18. Dawn Marie
    March 20, 2014 at 8:45 pm (2 years ago)

    ya i didnt either. i had to ask the guy!

  19. Melissa Zarate Wolter
    March 20, 2014 at 9:19 pm (2 years ago)

    Go Mandy! Dawn’s go to girl if she can’t find it…contact Mandy! Lol

  20. Nathan Lavoie
    March 20, 2014 at 9:30 pm (2 years ago)

    There are a lot of different nail guns, depends on what size and type nails you need to shoot.

  21. Dawn Marie
    March 20, 2014 at 11:18 pm (2 years ago)

    You can’t change nail sizes?! I’ll check with you before I get one! Or you can just pass down all of your old used tools to me! haha! I mastered the art of anchors today…so easy, but I guess I thought it was rocket science!

  22. Ashley Brown
    March 22, 2014 at 2:27 am (2 years ago)

    we have an air compressor…i think, if you need to borrow one.

    • Dawn
      March 25, 2014 at 9:40 pm (2 years ago)

      thanks Ash! I might take you up on that if I get it!

    • Dawn
      March 23, 2014 at 9:00 pm (2 years ago)

      Hey Cheryl! Thank you very much!! We are still thinking about colors for the cabinets! We went with light floors, so the hubs is thinking dark cabinets, but I still like the light…dun dun dunnn. to be continued! What have you been up to?


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