I’ve painted lots and lots of rooms in my lifetime. I love color and I love the idea of change so I have gotten that roller out a bazillion times and turned my kitchen lavender and it was amazing, my bedroom blue and I hated it but lived with it, literally for almost 5 years. I even painted my bathroom white, beige, gray, blue and then a blue-ish gray I made myself by mixing the last two all within a time-frame of about a week and a half…
Now I say I like the idea of change because often after I make the change I freak out a little bit. I think it’s an OCD thing. But no matter why it happens it still freaks people out when you cry on top of your new living room rug because it isn’t the same as the one you’ve had on your floor for years. :)
With all of my painting experience I am really, really good at it. It’s not even super braggy because it’s just a fact. I rock painting walls SO HARD y’all. And today I’ve got a little bit of words about it… Erm, nix that. I’ve got one word. Frogtape.
After a certain amount of time you get really, really good at cutting in. Cutting in is where you have to paint your wall color up next against your woodwork or ceiling, for example, and can’t get the wall color on it. You can cut in by hand or you can use tape to help you out. Tape is always the smarter option, FYI.
But you can’t buy that junk tape. NOT ALL TAPE IS CREATED EQUAL. You buy that junk tape and you’re in for lots and lots of bleeding and blurry edges and it’s nothing but a headache. Frogtape is a few more bucks but it’s WORTH IT because it’s got this Paintblock Technology that means as the paint touches the edges of tape, it reacts and seals those edges for super crisp lines. I don’t really get how it works but I just know that it does. There are several different options, thin, thick for rough walls and they all have their place. Buy the RIGHT tape the first time and you won’t have to experience that heartbreak and frustration when you realize you just spent a lot of money on paint and so. much. time. for lackluster results.
I’ve used Frogtape lots and lots of times, for crafting, painting wavy stripes for a fun accent wall in a tiny half bath, painting some crazy awesome straight and diagonal lines that intersect in 2 different colors in my bedroom at my parents house. Oh, and then there was that time I painted a primary color lover’s dream, a Mondrian inspired wall mural in my kitchen.
Every time I had great results all thanks to Frogtape. To get great results you can use it to tape off just about anything you can’t remove. I’m a big, big fan of removing door knobs because it’s a lot quicker to just pop them off and back on again than to neatly tape around the curve. But for things like thermostats and TV wall mounts and cabinetry taping them off is the way to go.
It’s also the way to go when dealing with architectural details like insets. Get wonky lines on these and it looks really, really bad. In all honesty I had decided to just paint my insets the same color as the wall because, well, read below and you’ll realize that I bought a LOT of paint in the past week :) But after stepping back from the mess that became my living room I realized that the inset I couldn’t reach without a ladder looked way more awesome than the ones below all because that contrasting color was FAB!
It’s super easy to get good, clean lines and visual pop in insets even with curved edges when you’ve got the right tape. Paint around the edges of your insets and bring it in about an inch inside of your alcoves and let it dry really well. Since it was raining here I had to give mine almost 4 days, bleh, but you do what you’ve gotta! Tape around the outside of your inset sticking where the curve just finishes as it goes inside. It doesn’t have to be perfect, just straight.
Run your finger over the edge of the tape to help push it down, especially in the corners, and then you’re ready to paint. Once dry, remove the tape carefully and you’ve got a professional looking paint job. Seriously, check that out… awesome!
And even with only 2 shades darker on the paint chips you can have a HUGE difference that truly accentuates these super pretty architectural details. Now I might be almost a pro at this but Rob is still a newbie but he’s a noob who isn’t scared of heights which means he got to paint that topmost alcove and it looks FAB!
In fact, the whole room does, but I’ve got to tell you, this isn’t the idea I originally had in my head. And it most certainly isn’t the idea, or the amount of work that I had sold Mr. Rob on and convinced him to help me with… I totally checked out the 2017 FrogTape® Design Trends and decided that I wanted to go bold, I wanted to go with “Modern Morphing” utilizing bright colors to help distinguish space in an open concept, but in the end we wound up sharply veering toward “Timeless Touch” when we went with a super classic color pallet and kicked out all of my pretty and colorful but generic pictures and replaced with with my favorite or Rob’s works of art…
You can still see my colorful influence, the bright yellow chair and my DIY painted dinette set with 4 different colored chairs :) But the room itself has become a shell, a classic and timeless slate for all of my off the wall colorful things and all of Rob’s classic style paintings. I’d call them masterpieces but I’d probably get an earful on that one (but they are masterpieces to me :)
There are lots and lots of makeovers you hear about… a person’s whole appearance goes from geek to chic with a new haircut and contacts- woot! A dresser missing drawers left abandoned at the curb on trash day makes an amazing rebound with a little bit of chalk paint and wicker baskets – boom! A house gets a new coat of paint and lots of landscaping and goes from neighborhood horror to the best on the block – gorgeous! Those are the types of things that cross my mind thinking of the world makeover. But today’s story isn’t a makeover, it’s a make under. That’s not a phrase you hear too often, is it? And what in the heck am I even talking about, right?
The very center of my house is a great room and I’ve never been a huge fan. In one big square we’ve got the kitchen, full of dirty dishes half of the time, the dining room table which always has boxes of snacks and whatnot hanging out on the lazy susan in a way that makes me look like the least healthiest adult on the planet, and then there’s the living room area where I like to watch TV but often don’t because if I convince somebody to wash the dishes it’s too dang loud. :)
I know, I know, everybody seems to love an open concept layout. Everybody but ME, I suppose. But it’s grown on me and I’m finding it somewhat convenient when I need to stream an entire series of a show that just came out because I can cook, eat and fold laundry on the sofa all within easy viewing distance of whatever prison drama I’ve found myself into this time.
I tried so hard to convince Mr. Rob that we needed to paint the great room but it’s a big, BIG space but in the end I wore him down and convinced him that we should just repaint our accent wall.
And there she is. Not quite red but not necessarily brown this wall is just plain UGLY and I have HATED it since the very moment I moved into this house. How did I manage to get a house with this kind of an ugly wall, you might ask? Well, because we viewed the house when it was pretty much dark outside and we looked around by the light of our dutiful real estate agent. And when we found out that there were multiple offers on the place as we left we decided that, even in the dark, it was the best we’d seen and that’s all she wrote.
I’ve always had a sneaking suspicion that the dark wall makes the room feel darker than it actually is. When I take pictures I typically find myself setting up multiple light thingies with big white umbrellas, pointing them this way and that and trying to make the space seem less dungeon-like and more light, bright and airy. It’s always, always a lot of work.
So Mr. Rob is convinced that the ugly brown, or maybe red, wall needs to GO. I tell him that we need a bright as all get out red violet shade to replace it and somehow he actually agrees. Whuh? Going with it! We head out and buy 3 samples (see them up there?) and try them on the wall. We pick a fave and then run out to get 2 gallons of the stuff because reddish paint never covers as well as you’d hope and we’re planning on a lot of coats to make this happen but we’re IN THIS and we don’t even care how many coats it takes us.
So I start priming this bad boy while Rob runs to town for some paint for the woodwork because we’ve noticed that it’s crazy gross and needs some TLC. All of this is going down the morning it’s supposed to start raining for DAYS thanks to a hurricane that turned into a tropical storm. I don’t know if you’ve ever painted when it’s raining but the paint does. not. dry. fast. enough. And with pets you’ve got cats with painted sides and dogs freaking out because the paint on their nose tastes awful and hopefully, they don’t manage to get it on anything important like the sofa (p.s. they did and I have a new sofa cover on order, ugh.)
As I’m working there is this epiphany that, oh my goodness, this light wall is totally opening up the room. The ceilings seem higher, the walls further away from each other and it seems really, really clean. I get excited and quickly text Rob, but accidentally actually text my sister that I am in love with this wall and that bright red violet is OUT. Beige is IN.
We go out and buy 2 gallons of beige paint because I didn’t realize at the time we’d only need 1 for 1 wall, get home, get started and OH NO. I don’t know if there is even actually any tint in this custom, tinted paint but it looks WHITE. But I start to paint it and it looks SO WEIRD next to the coffee and cream style tan walls on either side. Ugh. I cry and throw a fit and Rob runs out and purchases 1 gallon of Eloquent Ivory, a lovely shade that still looks weird with the tan on either side. And so then we go and get that total up to 8 gallons of paint (plus 2 gallons of primer) purchased to paint one stinking wall that turned into an entire great room. Oh, wow, right? This is nuts, isn’t it? You think I’m totally nuts now and you’re not totally wrong.
But let’s look at it this way… I trashed my house and ridiculously increased the amount of work for myself during a week when I was already wigging out because there was no way I could possibly keep up with work BUT I love, love, love the end result.
Because the room is lighter we were able to bring some of Rob’s paintings into the space and it worked out really well. See that painting up on the right? That’s my sister and it’s the most amazing thing Mr. Andes has ever pained. It just came back from a juried show where it won an honorable mention because it really is amazing. It’s not just me who thinks so :)
But Rob’s paintings are dark and need a lot of light to be viewed and therefore properly appreciated and our old great room was far, far too dark for that. So huzzah!
Okay, so that was pretty much over a thousand words as to WHY I went from fun, bold and vibrant accent wall to a totally beige space. And, you know, I’m more than cool with it. Maybe I bought, like, 6 cans of non-returnable paint that are now collecting dust in my garage and maybe I did spend more time than I had allocated for the project resulting in some crazy work stress, but that’s okay.
I used my tried and true Frog Tape and got super clean lines and amazing results. And maybe it’s a make under instead of over, but this room feels light, bright and airy and now I can look at some amazing paintings of my family in the lighting and conditions they deserve and the room feels so BIG and clean and I just can’t not count this project as a total win. WIN!!!
Has my great room make under got you hankering to change up your space? A fresh coat of paint can do a world of good, I tell you! If you’re in for more than basic beige you should check out 2017 FrogTape® Design Trends and follow Frogtape on Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook.