Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Dear Chevron...

It's done! 

I wish I could say that I loved doing it. I wish I could say it was easy. But, nothing that looks good is ever really easy, is it?

Our new house, thankfully, had room for my "office". I've been in desperate need for a space close to where the kids play so I wasn't spending every night after bedtime in a panic because I didn't have enough time to finish something. I really am not a fan of staying up until 2am trying to finish orders every night. 

Can I say how awesome the paint colors are? The whole thing worked out eerily well. I went to Lowe's that day, and started picking out swatches so I could decide what color I wanted. I had decided on these two colors, and two pretty similar colors. We went to leave, and there on the clearance rack sat two gallons of paint. Not just any paint. Two gallons that matched the paint swatches that I had just picked out 30 seconds ago. And not cheap paint either. $38 a gallon paint. The best of the best. And they were marked down to $5 each.  I called my mom, my best friend, and my husband (who obviously didn't care), just in disbelief about saving over $50 on paint. 

I sat here looking at the wall for a while, trying to figure out measurements. I'm not bad at math by any means, but the more I looked at it, the more confused I made myself. So, I did what any smart person would do and I asked my math wiz husband to do it for me ;)

After explaining it to me, I ended up with this.

The wall is 78 inches wide, and 105 inches tall. So we divided by numbers that gave us even numbers. I wanted 5 "points" horizontally, so in actuality, I had to divide by 6. I had to add an extra number to make sure my points were centered instead of ending on the wall. Then I divided 105 by 15, and w were ready to go!

Now, I imagine there might be an easier way to do this. It was certainly time consuming. But with my OCD, it made the most sense to me and it made sure that every measurement was close to exactly right. Which I knew I would have a fit about if it wasn't. 
We took yarn and ran it up and across at every measurement, and used a push pin to keep it in. Then I would make a dot with a pencil where each piece of yarn intersected. Then I just took each piece down as I finished a row. It seemed like a lot of work just to make some dots, but I am SO glad that I did. It made it VERY easy and well worth the time and effort.

After taping! 
I used the dots to mark with each strip of tape. I did the inside of where the blue stripes would stay so that I didn't have to retape anything. 

There is only one thing I wish I would've done differently. I would've done a coat of the blue paint where the gray stripes were. I did have some gray paint leak through, and did have a few touchups to do. Doing a coat of blue first would've taken about the same time, but I would've been happier when I took the tape off. Most of the mistakes aren't noticeable unless you took the time to stare at the wall for imperfections, but OCD makes me do that.

Overall, I'm absolutely in love with it. The dresser I redid sits opposite of it, and I just love this room. It still needs a few personal touches, but I'm thrilled! Have any questions? Please ask!

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