Thursday, July 28, 2011

Striped Bathroom...99% DONE!!!

I've decided striping a bathroom must be something like birthing a child.  When you finish and see the results (or, hold the precious baby), you begin to forget exactly how AWFUL the process was (or, labor).  I'm really afraid I might trick myself into thinking I should stripe something else--someone please stop me. 

The next few pictures are of the taping process (torture).  I also went ahead and swiped a bit of the lighter paint in the appropriate areas (as pictured) because it gets a little crazy in a cramped bathroom when you've been working FOREVER, and I was slightly afraid I'd just start slapping paint anywhere and everywhere.

More of the taping.

And a bit more.

Well, following these pictures, I painted and painted and painted some more.  And ended up with this...

Much better!

One wee-little trick I picked up along the way...

EVERY blog I read about this process stated that the painter's tape should be pulled while the paint is still wet.  So, I went ahead and first-coated the trim out work and rolled the stripes.  Then I went back and as I double-coated the trim work (right along the painter's tape), I pulled the tape.  This seemed to work really well for me.

These are basically the two colors on the wall.  I say "basically" because I color-matched Sherwin-William's "Sands of Time" to our builder beige (it was close enough), and went with a lighter color on the same paint card, "Sand Dollar," for the stripes.  Why didn't I just go with Porter (who makes our builder beige)?  Sherwin-Williams was having their 40% off paint sale--DUH!

And to finish off the room...

The Kirkland's mirror from the last house's guest bath!  This will be a job for Andy. 

Will post pictures when the room is completely complete!


  1. Looks great! I always feel like projects are a littttle bit harder than people say they're gonna be! But, usually, they are totally worth it :)

  2. Oh my gosh, it looks fabulous!!! I need you to do some consulting work at my house please. Seriously. :)

  3. Thanks girls! Not the easiest project, but I am really liking it so far!