Hey look! It’s me! With an actual post! Wonders never cease, do they? That’s right, I’m going to give it my best and do this blogging thing again. Thank you all for sticking with me through moving, new babies, and life changes!
Since we bought our first home we have really been enjoying making it our own. Being able to set up your home and change it in any way you want is a wonderful feeling! I’ll share some of the projects we’ve done as I go on, but for now I wanted to show our latest project and the beginning of our master bedroom decorating. First, I’m going to show you a couple of very sad pictures:
This is basically how our master bedroom has looked since we moved in. Which was 10 months ago! We’ve been living in a big, blank, empty space the color of oatmeal for nearly a year. With nothing but a sheet on the bed because living in Phoenix is like living on the surface of the sun. Isn’t this the most depressing bedroom you’ve seen? At least I picked up the pajamas and baby toys off the floor before taking these pictures. That’s something right?
Well the first step to transforming our bedroom is now completed so we are one step closer to having a relaxing, beautiful retreat. We painted some bold stripes on the wall behind our bed to create a feature wall and I thought I’d share a tip on how to achieve straight lines when dealing with textured walls.
One of my least favorite characteristics of southwest homes is the textured walls. Why people think it is a good idea to make it look like your walls are covered in some badly spread cream cheese is beyond me. And it can make it really hard to paint a clean line, whether you are adding stripes or just painting along the edges where the walls and ceiling meet. But it can be done by adding in one extra step!
First we started by taping off our stripes. We used Frog Tape and it did the job perfectly. If you are doing stripes (ours are 8″ wide) remember to tape along the outside of the top and bottom of the stripe.
Make sure to press the tape edges down as firmly as possible. And now comes the all important step: paint over the edge of the tape with the base coat already on the wall. This will allow the base coat to seep in under the tap in any place where the seal is not perfectly tight due to the texture. It basically seals the tape so that none of the new paint can get underneath.
Using tape alone it is practically impossible to seal in every little bump and dent created by the textured finish. Sealing your tape with the base color is key!
Allow the paint to dry completely and then you can beginning adding your new color. For us we went with a very, very light cream to contrast and add some brightness to the space.
You can allow the new color paint to dry completely but you definitely don’t have to wait. Sometimes the tape even comes off easier if the paint is still slightly wet. As you begin to pull back your tape you’ll see crisp, clean lines underneath.
No leaking or seeping through! It is one extra step but so worth it. It can be the difference between your walls looking like the were painted by a professional or a sloppy DIY job.
I know it is just some paint on one wall, but I already love the change it has made to our bedroom. It has made me even more excited to continue the decorating and start adding in some color and accessories. Actually making the bed helps too.
If you are dealing with textured walls like me, I hope this tip helps. And it works just as well if you are trying to get a clean edge where the wall meets the ceiling or where two walls come together in a corner. So tape, seal, paint, and then enjoy!