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There are big changes afoot for me. I’m selling my home in Oklahoma and moving away to the much more fast paced and harried Houston, Texas. To my parents house. Womp, womp!
Things have been changing and really quickly and totally unexpectedly. One minute I am thinking I’ll spend the rest of my life in my little house on a hill in Oklahoma and the next the rug gets pulled out from under my feet. It’s one of those things where I don’t really feel like I’m in a place to make any big decisions. So after a talk with my father, I’m going to be crashing with my parents for a while until I can figure out where I want to go with my life after all of these big changes.
The idea of being able to live, literally, anywhere is both exciting and incredibly scary at the same time. And while I can someday move to Hawaii, I’ll probably wind up staying somewhat close to home. But for now I’m home with the ‘rents!
And since I might be here for a couple of months (my father insists that there is a 3 year minimum as he loves my stellar company :) I’ve decided to make my old room my new room. Gone are the antique items and decor in the style of my mother and in are popping up more modern and contemporary things in their place. First up was making a totally hip and totally unique mural with diagonal stripes with FrogTape Textured Surface. It may look difficult to get these perfect stripes, but I have to tell you, it’s really pretty darn simple!
For this project you will need:
- FrogTape® Textured Surface
- FrogTape® for taping off woodwork, etc.
- Push pins
- String (I used mason line from the hardware store)
- Paint and necessary implements with which to rock said paint
First up, let’s take a peek at the old room.
It’s pretty much how I’ve remembered it for ages… except my mother and I changed the bedding out from the stash she has in the closet in an attempt to make it more “me”. It failed. The kid likes it, though.
Prep your wall by painting your base color and allow to dry. Mine is white. Next, using your push pins and line to make your first diagonal strip guide. Make sure you’re happy with that first line and finagle as necessary to get the angle you’re looking for.
Take your FrogTape® and follow along the line made by your string. Quick tip, the longer your reach when stretching the tape BEFORE pressing to the wall, the straighter the line will be in the end.
To make the stripes along the full wall, take a ruler and measure how the exact same distance between the edge of the tape on bot the bottom and top of the strip. Place a push pin in those areas and run the string to each pin to make your guide line. Follow with tape and continue. FYI – my stripes are exactly 9 inches apart.
After you get your first two lines done, you can reuse your string and pin by just moving it over X number of inches as needed.
When you start getting near corners you will need to measure from the corner to the diagonal line to see where to place your push pin. It seems confusing but you’ll get the hang of it.
Now I know we’ve talked about the special Paint Block technology that FrogTape® rocks but just in case you’ve forgotten, there is this awesome stuff on the sticky side of the tape that bonds to latex paint. So you paint the crazy stuff underneath does its job and no paint leaks beneath the tape. It’s genius. It’s awesome. It’s borderline crazy, mad scientist type stuff.
Now the process is just about the same with the special Textured Surface version but you also get this bottle of liquid you spread over the lines of tape to help seal in straight, clean edges on those extra lumpy and bumpy walls. It, too, is genius.
Slather that liquid on, allow to dry and get ready to get going. Oh, and no need to use sparingly. I used two rolls of tape but only one bottle of liquid. It goes way far.
Tape off the sides of your walls and your baseboards with FrogTape® and get to painting your first accent color! This color is called fresh salmon. Mmm, colorful! If you’re going to be doing the 3 tone wall as I did, I’d highly recommend a splashy and bright color for this coat! (Oh, and a special thanks to older nephew for rocking that DSLR and snapping fab pics of this bost, by the by!)
Let’s take a break and wait for the paint dry…
and marvel at just how pretty Roscoe is in front of that crazy awesome wall. So pretty!
Now I decided that plain ol’ diagonal stripes just wasn’t enough for me well in advance, but if you’re just rocking the stripes, don’t feel bad and just skip right on down a few steps as this bit has nothing to do with you :)
Still here? Excellent. To make my wall have distinct and unique pattern I got my father’s assistance and next got to some straight horizontal lines across the wall. To get amazingly straight lines, we placed the first line as straight as we could and then measured X number of inches up or down from that line to place the next. Bing, bang, boom.
Paint your next color (mine is gray) and allow to fully dry.
When everything is dry you can peel away your paint and marvel in what an amazing paint job you did with a little bit of FrogTape! Now I have no actual pictures of removing the tape because my nephews and I got kind of excited about it and started ripping off tape when the paint finally felt dry right at their bedtime.
That night I learned that EVERYONE likes peeling tape from things.
…and they like staging silly pics on a freshly painted wall where it looks like they’re “falling from oblivion with only a roll of tape to slow them in the fall”! Or maybe that’s just us.
And while I still feel kind of like a loser crashing at home, at least I love the direction my room is moving into which is making this whole, gigantic life change a bit easier on me.
Plus, I’ve got that guy up there. Who can be sad with a guy like that to cuddle in a room like that?
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