The bathroom off of my master bedroom isn’t much of a ‘master bath’. It’s simply a watercloset, really, with a toilet and a sink. No tub or shower which stinks, but I gotta tell you when there’s an extra 6 people in this house I wouldn’t trade anything in the world for that extra toilet.
I’ve long neglected this room in the house, although guests do occasionally see it, but more often than not it’s just where I brush my teeth. But I’ve recently decided that I’m worth a little bit of paint and labor to make my spaces places that I love.
My bathroom before was an awful blue color that I had liked 8 years ago but now think only belongs in a baby’s nursery. And while I painted every room in my house a different color back then, too, I’m getting tired of that. So I decided to start my bathroom makeover with a clean, white coat of paint and planned on using my Shape Tape to make a subtle wave pattern over it.
I dithered on color to go over the white, going from yellow, to teal, to gray, to silver, back to yellow to, geez it’s just a wall, right? I even bought a silver paint, a yellow paint and a gold paint only to NOT use them. In the end, I went with gray paint I already had out in the garage. Wouldn’t you just know it?
I played with my shape tape a little bit before I got started. I mean, I’ve taped off plenty of walls but I’ve never used anything this fancy. And because I’m terrible at measurements a part of me was worried that if I wasn’t careful that I would run out of tape (out of two rolls I used about half of one for my small wall).
The tape is pretty nifty because it has two different strips of backing. You pull away one strip so that half of the adhesive is exposed and then apply it to the wall and finagle as necessary. When it’s where it needs to go, you remove the second strip and fully adhere the tape to the wall.
Now just because I’m a tinkerer I decided to mess with the tape. In my tinkering I learned that removing both pieces of paper from the back and then trying to adhere is a nightmare. It sticks to itself and it’s really good and sticky so there is no undoing it.
I also learned that there are hash marks on the tape to help you perfectly place your pattern. After all, if your waves were each someplace else it’s going to look pretty darn goofy. Using a measuring stick or other long straight edge, you can easily be sure that each and every piece of tape is placed just like the one before it!
And if you accidentally cut your tape a weensy bit too short there’s no reason to panic, the hash marks also make it SUPER easy to match up a second piece of tape to finish your strip off.
Last of all, you really need to bust out a tape measure and a pencil if you want to do this right. Eyeballing the stripes does not work at all. My stripes are exactly 9.5 inches tall. To achieve this I measured from the same area on the tape in four locations along the wall and then followed it when placing the tape. Add in a level into the mix and you’ll be sure to really have perfect stripes!
When I got my wall all taped off it was time to start painting. Now I’d read on the packaging about PaintBlock® Technology and I was pretty sure that it was a bunch of hokum but in the spirit of a proper review I trusted that this was true and definitely going to work. Normally I’d go over every bit of my tape with the undercoat first so that paint would seal up any areas where a leak would happen anyway and cause splotchy lines.
Now this PaintBlock® Technology seems to have an awful lot of science behind it but this is the basic gist… There is some stuff, a “super-absorbent polymer” stuff that reacts with latex paint to form an instant seal that prevents any of the paint from ever seeping under the taped line. I’ll let the good people at Frog Tape® Shape Tape ™ show you the type of crisp lines the PaintBlock® technology is going to give you:
Like I said before, I was pretty darn skeptical about this magical blocking scientific stuff but I decided to just go with the flow. I painted directly over the paint with my gray paint and waited forever for it to dry. I of course decided to paint my bathroom while it was raining and it stayed so humid that the wall was tacky for DAYS. I was just about going nuts to see what was happening under all of that tape but I knew if I tore it away, I’d brush it with my arm or something and mess up my beautiful lines. So the tape stayed…
until I. Just. Couldn’t. Take it. Any. Longer! But to be fair, the walls were mostly dry at this point. Now remember that I’d spent days and days being a total Debbie Downer just knowing that my paint job was going to be all sorts of blotchy when I finally removed the tape?
But the thing was that it wasn’t splotchy. It was perfect. Could this be? What a jerk am I? It worked? This. Is. Awesome. Seriously, people, I was so surprised and so happy!
Now to be fair there is the occasional splotch BUT it’s on the top two stripes that I was up on a ladder for and was slightly freaked out. I’m pretty sure I didn’t push the tape down as well as I should have. Besides every stripe below those are absolutely perfect.
On the left is my bathroom before. It’s that terrible baby blue I was telling you about and it has some decor items that I HATE. I have never liked that picture or that rickety medicine cabinet. Shabby chic is one thing but I don’t know how many times I’ve cut myself on the wire cage inside of it.
I decided that 8 years of appeasing someone else by having those up was enough and now they’re sitting out in the garage. My bathroom is much more sleek and contemporary now, so much more to my taste. The wavy gray wall is the perfect focal point and I replaced the cabinet with one of my favorite prints.
And you know how long this bathroom hasn’t had a toilet paper roll holder? Total craziness! I added one and felt like a real handy chick installing it all by myself!
The end result is nothing short of amazing and I’ve already decided that I will only be using Frog Tape® in the future. The amount of time it’s going to save me on cleanup after a big paint job is priceless! Between the lack of clean up, how easy to use it is and the awesome shapes available (also a scallop and chevron) I’m not sure what my favorite thing is about Frog Tape® Shape Tape™. Guess I’ll need to use it again to find out :)