Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Stripe update - UGHHHHHH
At 6:00AM, I woke up realizing that I am a complete idiot. So, I have a lot on my plate right now and i am going to blame my mistakes on my head being in too many places at once. But if I am honest, it's probably not the first time I've accidently skipped a step. Hey, when you are cooking and you more or less follow the recipe, that is when the yummiest mistakes happen. But this was more of a skipping a step while baking and having a collapsed souffle.
So, as you may know, I decided to re-paint my Dad's guest room. Three walls will be solid and one wall will have stripes. I decided to tackle the stripe wall in between coats on the other three walls. I should have completely FOCUSED on this wall though and had a plan.
Mistake #1 - Premature Taping: I primed the entire wall but forgot to ALSO paint the entire wall in the base color. I taped too soon and now will have to tape again.
So, as I was 3/4 of the way done taping and realized the above mistake, I decided not to tape of the last corner and just paint all that the base color. My Dad suggested I remove all the tape but I was too stubborn and still would have made...
Mistake #2: Lack of math skills: I measured out the entire wall and put the tape down. Awesome, I knew I would have to do this again for color #2 but who doesn't love a challenge? At 6:00am this morning, I woke up looking at the wall and realized that I measured correctly, but put the paint on the WRONG side. This means the stripes I finished last night are 1.5" too narrow.
Here are my options:
Option #1: Put up tape for my 2nd color lines, paint those and THEN re-tape to make up the 1.5" from color #1.
Option #2: Remove tape, paint rest of wall color #1. Re-tape and put tape in correct spots for color #2.
Option #3: Add a 3rd color stripe, like a light gray to the mix.I could paint the 2nd color in the current tape and then after it is dry, re-tape for the 1.5" stripes to go in between the thick stripes. I would have to really think about this to make sure it will work.
Option #4: Paint the entire wall the off-white and make it my accent wall.
I haven't removed the tape yet, so fingers crossed no paint seeped under. However, I read that when I re-tape, if I paint the edges with paint color #1 first, that color will seep under. Then paint over full section with color #2. Color #2 won't seep since color #1 is already filling those sections.