(NOTE: If you follow me on Instagram you know I’ve been sick for, like, ever. The coughs and snots have kept me down for a while but I’m feeling much better today and will be silenced no longer!)
UPDATE: Click HERE to visit Andrea from Faded Plains. She’s my inspiration for this whole redo.
Last time we talked I shared Phase 1 of my basement stair project. Guess what? It’s done! Before I get into the nitty-gritty details check out these AFTER pics.
I’m so happy with how they turned out. Best of all my kids, who were the inspiration for this whole idea, love them.
So let’s rewind to this pic from my last post. I had ripped out all the dark carpet, pulled staples, filled holes, and painted.
Next I needed to tape off my widest stripe. While this should have been a simple measure, mark, and tape system it turned into more of a cuss, swear, and cry process. The problem is my steps are not square. Or level. Or even the same width.
(When I say they’re different widths I’m talking about the ones at the bottom that are supposed to be the same. Not the ones up top that vary because of the wall and ceiling.)
I won’t bore you with the numerous mathematical fails or vodka-induced epiphanies I went through to figure things out. I’ll just say that in the end I used a series of cardboard templates.
Template #1: the distance from the wall to the starting edge of the stripe (approximately 4 inches).
Template #2: the distance from the starting edge of the stripe to the ending edge (approximately 26.25 inches).
Here’s how it looked all taped out.
TIP FOR SUPER CLEAN TAPE EDGES: Paint a coat of your base color over the tape first.
This seals the edge of the tape and any seeps that may sneak underneath are invisible because they match the base color. That being said if you have an especially rough or textured surface there may still be some bleeding. (That’s called foreshadowing my friends.) Also, I always use Frog Tape and make sure to burnish the edge with a credit card.
Finally, it was time to paint! Two coats of Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter and it was
done time for more taping.
The next set of stripes went much quicker since I had already established a set of straight lines. I made a couple more cardboard templates, because that’s what works for me, and got to work. Here it is ready for paint.
After brushing on a coat of my base color, like before, I added my first coat of this delicious teal from Valspar. It’s called Night Scape.
After a second coat it was time for the big reveal. Remember earlier when I mentioned that rough or textured surfaces + tape = some seeping no matter what you do?
Womp, womp, womp.
It was a little discouraging but easy to fix. I grabbed a small artist’s paint brush and hit each spot with the same stain-blocking primer I used here.
And then I was DONE!!!
Here’s a couple more glamour shots for ya before I go.
Next is painting and re-installing the handrail. Then I’m getting rid of those yellow walls. Gah! Can’t wait!