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.

1 comment:

  1. Option #5: hire a graffiti artist to come in and tag the wall and be done with it!

    Good luck, Kandace!