Saturday, October 26, 2013

Painting in the Basement...

It all started with Andy receiving an Alabama FatHead for Christmas last year.  We knew we were set to close on this house, and we knew that the basement had a pool table room, and we knew that Andy would take over the basement as the Alabama Man Cave, so we thought a FatHead would be a pretty perfect gift.  But, I knew that we would likely need to paint the pool table room at some point to hang the FatHead and it match well.

This is the room that we started with...

Not an awful paint color on the walls, but coupled with the mocha carpet, it gave off a pinky-beige color.  Not only was it not really my cup of tea, it would not work well with the Alabama logo (including a soft gray).

As you might assume, this room was pretty low on the priority list seeing as though it is in the basement and rarely seen.  However, Andy was a sad puppy about his Christmas gift sitting in a box and not being used, so my mom and I decided to tackle the paint job.

I color-matched the gray in the logo the best that I could, and believe it or not, the color from our master bathroom (a soft blue-gray) was the closest hit.  I also decided I wanted to try striping the two shorter walls at each end of the room so that the FatHead would really pop on one of those two walls.  

My mom actually painted the entire base coat on the room.  She came up one Thursday night and painted all day Friday while I was at work.  We striped the walls together when I got home.  Now, the color reads VERY blue in these pictures, but it really does read the same as the gray in the logo.

We taped off the walls to give ourselves 15-ish inch stripes (I think?).  We took a step darker on the same color card to get the stripe color.  That color reads much more gray on the walls.  I chose to go ahead and swipe the color in the correct spaces on the walls (like I had in the half bathroom I striped) to ensure that I didn't get too crazy and paint the wrong color in the wrong spot.


One wall finished!  I'll try to hold off on any other photos in here until we get the FatHead up and running.  You are supposed to wait at least 30 days after painting to put one on your walls, so I wanted to give it even more time than that due to it being in a basement (more humidity).  

More to come...

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