Remember a couple of weeks ago when I showed you my music room walls where I had practiced my grasscloth paint technique? It looked like this…
Several of you asked me if I was going to keep that in there, and just finish the rest of the walls. Well, that answer is “no”. 🙂
I was actually never intending to keep the faux painted grasscloth in there. That experiment really was just an opportunity for me to test out the process and see if I even liked it. So when I was ready to paint over the wall, I decided I wanted stripes. Y’all know I love my stripes! They didn’t work out for me on my kitchen floor, but I loved the idea of having them in the next room over, either in the music room or the dining room. The music room won the coin toss.
As I was searching for inspiration, I came across this entryway from Architectural Digest.
Those colors are too dark for my taste, but what I do love are the wider stripes accented with the narrow stripes in what appear to be a metallic finish. That is actually Zoffany wallpaper, but I knew I could easily create something similar with paint.
I only have about half of the room finished so far, because I chose to so a really tedious design. I probably still have at least two day’s worth of work in here before the walls are finished. Maybe three. Or four.
Anyway, I started off by painting 10-inch vertical stripes on the wall. I painted the entire walls in the white first (Behr’s Polar Bear), and then taped off the darker stripes (Behr’s Belvedere Cream) and painted those.
Then I used the narrowest painters tape I could find (.70 inch wide, found at Michael’s), and placed it along the edges of the Belvedere Cream stripes as a spacer. Then I taped on either side of that spacer.
Once I removed the narrow tape, I had my narrow stripes. I painted those narrow sections using gold craft paint from Michael’s. It took three coats for it to cover completely!
Next came the tedious part. I added nailhead trim in the narrow gold stripes.
I love the subtle texture that it gives to the wall!
I used a paint stick and a pencil to measure and mark the spacing for the nailheads, and then nailed them in with a tack hammer.
It really went much faster than I expected. I thought I might be hammering in nailheads for days. Weeks, even.
Adding the nailheads on this whole wall took four hours. I don’t think that’s too bad considering I was using the individual nailheads that had to be nailed in one at a time! And that also included the time it took for me to measure and mark all of the spacing for the nailhead placement. Once I got a system down, it went relatively fast.
So far, I only have about one-and-a-half walls finished, with the half being the wall with the rolling doors that only has about six inches of walls space above the door trim.
There’s still quite a bit more to do, but on the other walls, I still have drywall patching that I need to do from moved electrical outlets before I can finish up. Hopefully I can get that done in the next couple of days and get these walls completely finished. And of course, that ridiculous quarter round at the ceiling drives me crazy. Once I get the ceiling situation taken care of (which will probably require all new drywall), I’ll be adding some crown moulding. Until then, I have quarter round. *Sigh*
I can’t wait to get these finished up, get my piano here, and get this room decorated.
I’m anxious to see what my striped walls will look like when they’re a backdrop for the rest of the decor, rather than the front-and-center main attraction.
And hopefully I can get some better daytime pictures of the walls soon. I worked late into the evening, and only got night time pics of the parts I had finished. I think the stripes look a bit more subtle during the day with good lighting, and I prefer that subtle look. I also need to get a pic looking from my kitchen into the music room. The two rooms next to each other look pretty great, if I do say so myself! 🙂
UPDATE: Here are a couple of views of the striped walls from the kitchen. Obviously they’re not finished, and I didn’t get as far on them above the doors as I thought. Wishful thinking, I suppose. 🙂
I also still need real baseboards. But this gives you an idea of the view.