After finishing our new flooring we installed, which we discussed in the previous post, we wanted to update the hallway. What better way than to paint some big old stripes. I mean they just make me happy. That’s all there is to it. I was little hesitant at first but then I told myself, it’s just paint. RIGHT!?!?
I started by painting all of the walls white. My favorite white right now is polar bear white, BEHR paint from Home Depot. I just think it’s a nice crisp white. The gray I used was, Woodland Colonial Gray by Valspar. Gray is such a hard to color to choose!! But I love this one. I used the paint that had the paint an primer together because I definitely need a primer for painting over that green paint
I then had to decide what kind of stripes I wanted. Little ones, big ones or possibly a mix of both. I decided to go with three big gray stripes with one larger white area at the bottom. I feel like it gives the room some extra height.
I used the yellow frog tape for my lines. (Yellow frog tape is for freshly painted walls that have dried for a minimum of 24 hours or delicate surfaces- aka painters tape for inpatient painters such as myself 🙂 )
I measured my lines by starting from the floor and going up. I had to use a little bit of math to figure out how far apart my stripes would be. (math is not my strong point per say but I figured it out.) I measured the height of my wall and then figured out how large I wanted to bigger white stripe at the bottom first. After I figured that out, I divided the rest of the space above the larger white stripe at the bottom into 6 equal stripes. (3 gray stripes and 3 white stripes.)
Ok so here is the math. My wall height was 94″. The bottom stripe is 23.50 (I just liked how that looked) So then I was left with 70.5″ of wall space. So, I just dived 70.5″ by 6 (because that’s how many stripes I wanted above the large white one). This left me with 11.75″ stripes for the rest of them. Now that was easy enough, even for a girl who used to secretly cry during math tests…shhhh don’t tell anyone.
I worked from the left to the right and measured from the bottom up and made marks as I went along lengthwise every few feet and at the beginning of the wall and then end of the wall. I worked one stripe at a time with my measurements so I wouldn’t confuse myself (easily done). And then I taped that line and moved onto the next one above it. As you can see in the picture above, I also placed a little yellow dot of tape in between the tape lines on the ones that were to be painted gray. (again not to confuse myself)
Hope this is all making sense! It sure makes sense in my head haha:)
This is the view from our kitchen. You can see the stripes peeking out at ya! I LOVE it.
I love the end result. I get SOOO many wow’s when people walk into our home. Hey who am I kidding it makes me say wow too! So, next time you have a paint project to do, go outside your box and try stripes. They look great in all colors:)