This is my tardis. It looks like an ordinary desk in a corner, but really it's much larger on the inside and is the headquarters of Posh*Little (you are here), Top Mommy Blogs, Top Baby Blogs, Greenley Design, and all my other web design/editor/admin adventures. It's also a secret diaper changing station; cleverly hidden by those lovely bins.
I'm sharing it today because I am tickled pink, well Nantucket Blue by Miller Paint to be exact, over how my latest project turned out. My desk sits in the middle of two rooms. I needed to find a way to bridge the gap between the blue living room and white dining room where one kind of bled into the other and not evenly on either side of the room. Viola... stripes! Now "my office" is more defined and it's balanced out the rooms.
Lately I've been dreading coming to my desk and so this was the perfect, creative-pick me-up for it. And it was pretty easy too. If only I had a margarita maker or mini wine cellar hidden under my desk.. that would complete my creative corner :-)
Tips for painting striped walls:
- Start by painting your lighter base coat (I used Ralph Lauren Dover Cliffs; a grayer white compared to the yellowish white our walls have). I wanted a white stripe at the top of the wall, along the ceiling where it's harder to get a clean line. A little off white along the ceiling is barely noticeable compared to blue so I didn't have to do any ceiling touch ups.
- Measure starting from the floor up. I marked every 24 inches (the top stripe was about 18 inches but you can't really tell there's a difference). Using a level and a pencil mark lines to use to lay your tape over. I used the green Frog tape to create my tape lines. It worked well.
- After you've laid your tape lines, paint over the tape with the base color to seal it. That way, any bleeding will be the base color! This is an important step to getting crisp lines.
- Once your base coat and tape coat are dry apply the second color (in my case it was Nantucket Blue by Miller Paint; matte finish; 2 coats).
- Once it's completely dry, remove the tape. If all went correctly, you shouldn't have to do a lot of touch ups. If you do, try using a little paint brush (steal one from the kids art sets) to fine tune your lines.