3.24.2010

Autumn's Room Makeover

Autumn's room is done! The wall treatment didn't end up being as hard or complicated as I'd imagined. I did enough research beforehand, so I was prepared. I decided on 25"x25" squares. In order for the effect to work, you have to do every other row (otherwise there would be tape in a square you need to paint) and every other square. The effect is very subtle, but I love it!

First I painted the walls in a flat finish paint. Once it had dried, I taped off the first set of rows and boxes.

Then, using the same color but in a semi-gloss finish I painted in over every other square. Thus creating the checkerboard theme. I removed the tape while the 2nd coat was still dry and left it for the next day.

Once I returned I taped off the remaining squares. This proved to be easy as I just lined up each end of the tape with the squares on the opposite sides. I repeated the process again, adding 2 coats of semi-gloss in the same color.

Voila! The effect is very subtle and I am a big fan. As I said, it wasn't nearly as complicated as I thought it was going to be. For this room, I used Valspar Brand (Lowes) paint in Eddie Bauer's Coffee Bean in a satin finish and Eddie Bauer's Light Pink in Semi-Gloss and Flat. The pink wasn't quite as faded as I had hoped for, but for a little girls room I don't think I could go wrong!



Remember our before pictures?








 
I would also like to plug Frog Tape - superior to blue painters tape in every way!

10 comments:

  1. Great job, I bet she will love it!

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  2. I love what you've done with Autumn's room. It looks amazing! You are so creative and ambitious Kel.

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  3. very nice! I'm so hiring you for any future paint jobs

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  4. Ha! Please do - we could use the money to help pay for this house! =)

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  5. When I saw your list of supplies, I assumed you were doing stripes. I've never seen the checkerboard effect before, but I love it! I love the brown and pink together, too. Very cute! Not that I expected anything less... =)

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  6. I was also expecting stripes! I love the checks--very cute. Can't wait to see it in person.

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  7. Your house looks so good Kelli! I'm so excited for you guys to move in and enjoy your new place. I definitely want to come by and visit next time I'm in town to see your beautiful baby girl and your amazingly decorated new house.

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  8. I agree about the frog tape! I love that stuff now after painting my house. You did an amazing job on the checkerboard. Love it! I might have to do it too... :)

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