Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Bathroom Update

One of our bathrooms is getting a makeover!

Something in each of these rooms inspires me. Can you guess what it is?



My Entryway



(Thank you Layla & Kevin, John & Sherry, Michelle and Karen!) I love the horizontal stripes!

B
athroom walls/door before:
First...I painted the doors. I used BM Decorator's White...because I already had it (budget, remember?). AND Purdy sent me brushes to try and you know what? I was skeptical. Because my DIY projects usually = tight budget. I always buy the inexpensive brushes/rollers. Honestly - not any more! I had no idea that the better quality could make such a difference. All of my painting was done with this Purdy brush and roller. It makes a HUGE difference. The brush is awesome...clean straight lines.The roller is the BEST roller ever! No roller lines. Easy to clean and reuse...which I did several times. I.love.it. I'm telling you the truth - if it wasn't worth the extra money, I wouldn't have done the review.

For the walls, I chose Benjamin Moore Light Pewter for the base and Benjamin Moore Nimbus for the stripe.

1. I painted the walls the lighter shade first, BM Light Pewter and let it dry for a day.

2. Next, I measured floor to ceiling. It was 108". I subtracted 3 for the base trim. I read somewhere that horizontal stripes should be between 8-14". I chose 12 stripes so I divided 105 by 12 and came up with around 9.5.

3. Then using a pencil, I made marks around the room, starting at the top of the base trim 9.5" and then I penciled 9.5" vertically from there until I got to the ceiling. I did this every few feet around the walls.

4. Using a level, I made sure my pencil marks lined up around the room.

5. I taped (with Frog tape) from line to line around the room. Tape outside of the lines for the stripe that is going to be painted the second color. So, when you're looking at the stripes, every other one should look smaller because the tape will be inside of bordering lines...this is the stripe you won't paint.

Our floor to ceiling was not level in all areas, so there were certain areas that I had to "eyeball" and adjust a quarter or half inch here and there but it's not a visible difference.
If you end up with this because you're working late and things don't line up...try, try again.
Frog Tape Frog Sculpture. Go ahead. Kick it around. It'll make you feel better!

6. I went over the tape with a credit card, making sure the edges of the tape were bubble free and adhered nicely.

7. Then I painted the edges of the tape in the stripe that was going to be my darker color USING the BASE color. (ty Karen!)
8. I painted every other stripe with my darker shade (BM Nimbus). I did two coats. (above)

9. As soon as I was done with the second coat, I removed the tape, pulling away from the painted edge.

If there was any bleeding/seeping under the tape - it was the same base color that was under the tape. I'm not sure if it was the Frog brand tape or painting over the edges but I had nothing to touch up!

Here is a sneak peek of the walls:


I LOVE how they turned out! What do you think? More to come!
Do you have a room with stripes? Include your link in a comment - I'd love to take a look!

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56 comments:

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

They look great. I love the subtle contrast of colors. Isn't it fun to pull off the tape when you're done?
I can't wait to see the finished room.

Thanks for the shout out.

Karena said...

I have always wanted to do one of my rooms in the horizontal stripes. Looks just great!! So glad I found your site!

PlantSomeRoots@Lakewood said...

LOVE IT!!!
Living it up at Lakewood,
Cindy

Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

Oh this really looks wonderful. And thanks for the tip about using a credit card to make sure the tape is fully adhered! I love getting new tips that make the job turn out perfect!! Great job on this!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

That looks fantastic, Roeshel! I like that tip about painting the tape with the base {in the event it seeped under}. I can't wait to see the rest of what you're doing!

Peggy said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I want to do this so badly but I'm too afraid! Math is not my strong point...neither is leveling! :(

Lettered Cottage said...

WOW! Awesome! :-)
And thanks so much for the shout out. Very cool of you!

I used a clear multi-purposer sealer from Michaels to seal the edges of my tape and that worked like a charm, but it's good to know the green tape works just as well. Thanks for the tip!

Layla

The White Farmhouse said...

Love the stripes! I thought of doing some of them in my house, but I don't know where. I think I need more rooms!

Dayka said...

LOVE IT!! Wish I had the patience to do something like it!

Mrs. Foot said...

Oh my goodness- it looks great! I had all of those pictures bookmarked so I would be inspired to paint our bathroom, and I think your gorgeous picture has pushed me to do it sooner! FANTASTIC!!

Leah@Storybook Ranch said...

Looks GREAT!

Domestic Princess said...

They turned out great. I can't wait to see the whole room =)

Lindsey@creativeattempts said...

That looks so great! Sometimes stripes can go so wrong with the wrong colors but you have chosen wisely :) Fabulous!

Liz @ It's Great To Be Home said...

Gorgeous!! I've really been digging the horizontal stripes lately, and I've been thinking about doing them in our laundry room. Yours look so fab, I may just have to do it!

Marsha (Sassy Mini Dolls) said...

It looks great! Can't wait to see the whole room!!

Cindy said...

Just absolutely gorgeous....Time and labor intensive, but soooo worth it!

Sarah @ Dream In Domestic said...

It looks great! I love how you went for very subtle colors. I think it looks really sophisticated!

thatgirlblogs said...

amazing job -- you're hired!

Katie@Yoga Gal said...

I am so impressed! That looks amazing.

I also like the photo from Strictly Simple Style- that is a great look to use with wainscoting.

pk said...

This turned out great! I really like the colors you chose. I did stripes in my bedroom in my old house and loved them. This makes me want to do them again...
pk @ Room Remix

Suzanne said...

So beautiful! Love the subtle hues. What a beautiful transformation.

Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

Love the stripes! Can't wait to see more.

Shannon said...

LOVE it! I want a room with stripes so bad, but I haven't figured out where yet. Love the colors too, looks amazing! I cant wait to see the finished project!

Brittany@Superwoman said...

Oh my gosh! I love it! I did the same, except verticle! Your bathroom is going to look a lot longer now. I can't wait for more pictures!

Mrs.H said...

Love it! can't wait to see it all!

Mama Thompson said...

I WANT stripes in one of my rooms....just not sure where to do it yet. And I love the "paint over the tape" trick..worked like a charm on a purple square I did in my living room and a red square in my sister's home. Can't wait to see the rest of your bathroom...looking so good!

Mikael@starter home to dream home said...

I love it! I am planning on doing horizontal stripes in my bathroom, I hope it turns out as great as yours!

Marsha said...

I love the colors. I want to see more.

The Harris Family said...

It looks so pretty. I need to remember this when I have a house.

Michelle (Three Men and a Lady) said...

How funny, I was just going to do a tutorial about how to get bleed-free stripes. Looks great! Way to go!

Stephanie said...

NOW, I want stripes in my bathroom!! It looks great!

Stephanie said...

NOW, I want stripes in my bathroom! It looks great! :)

Lisa said...

This is so classy looking! Terrific job, can't wait to see more!

Miss Mustard Seed said...

It looks so great! I'm going to do stripes in my office as well, but I haven't decided on the colors, yet.

Jessica said...

That looks amazing! I have been trying to get this exact project in the works for my hallway...I just need the time and with two kids under two and working full time it hasn't happened yet.

Thanks for sharing. I think seeing how gorgeous your room turned out is going to get my butt in gear!

Sharon said...

LOVE IT. The subtleness is beautiful.

DIYHomeDecoratingIdeas said...

Looks great! The colors are so calm and the stripes really lengthen the space. LOL about the frog tape frog...I know I've kicked around quite a few of those!

Anna See said...

this looks great! very serene look.

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

Love the look of the stripes!! And they are so soft- not bold and loud which I think would be tiring soon!

blessings
mary

Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish said...

You are way more patient than me to tape up all those stripes! The room looks great! Kudos!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Beautiful! I love how subtle the stripes are. laurie

Jenny said...

I love the stripes and the colors. I did stripes with frog tape in my craft room with a bolder color because I could get away with it in a "fun room". Here is the link-

http://anythingpretty-jenny.blogspot.com/2009/08/sneak-peek.html

I can't wait to see the finished project!

Lou Cinda said...

I love this! The colors are great! Subtle, but dramatic at the same time!

I love purdy brushes and rollers too!!

Lou Cinda :)

TRICIA @ The Zoo said...

Oooh, I love it! I can't wait to see the finished product. The stripes are amazing, and if I decide that I need any, I think I'll call you in. K?! ;)

XO*Tricia

Anonymous said...

It turned out Great!! I striped my bar in our kitchen and I had to do my parents bar too :) you will have to check mine out. I can't wait to see the rest. Awesome Work!

Anonymous said...

It turned out Great!! I striped my bar in our kitchen and I had to do my parents bar too :) you will have to check mine out. I can't wait to see the rest. Awesome Work!
~kristi

just simply southern{dot} blogspot{dot} com

Anonymous said...

It turned out Great!! I striped my bar in our kitchen and I had to do my parents bar too :) you will have to check mine out. I can't wait to see the rest. Awesome Work!
~kristi

just simply southern{dot} blogspot{dot} com

{ L } said...

OMGoodness!! I am TOTALLY in love with this too!! This is awesome. I have been wanting to do this also, so the tutorial was VERY helpful. This is a top fav of your projects you've done.

Holly said...

The stripes are great. I had stripes in my bathrooms at my other house...but now I am feeling inspired to try some here.

Holly

Courtney said...

Yours looks great! I have horizontal stripes in my hallway and in my boys' room... Love them! Here is a pic of the stripes in my hallway. I have not posted yet about the process or about my boys' room, but if I can keep up this blogging thing-I will! http://courtney-anewcreation.blogspot.com/2009/10/sign-for-coat-rack.html

Sarah said...

They look awesome, Roeshel! Great tip about painting over the tape with the lighter color, wouldn't have thought of that. I looove Layla's reading room, I think I had that in my head when I voted for the lighter color stripes on D&R:)

HomageBlog said...

It looks amazing! I can't wait to see the rest!!! ~K

Jenny said...

I love it! I do not have the patience to make stripes, but it turned out so awesome!

Anonymous said...

Wheee, I don't know if I'd have the patience and the eye/hand ability to get this just right, so I applaud those who do!

The extra tips in the demo are great, though! (about the tools, and how to get the lines straight and crisp, etc.)

Great job!! Love the subtle color choices, too.

Jill said...

Thanks for the inspiration! I did the stripes in my half bathroom and LOVE LOVE LOVE it! Quite a bit of hard work but the result is stunning! The whole thing even inspired me to start a blog so THANK YOU!!

http://westbrookedrive.blogspot.com/2010/02/here-we-go-bloggers-my-bathroom.html

Veronika said...

thanks for this super helpful post :)

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