Its been a month, but we are finally done with the boys’ room! Why did it take so long? Well, I could only work in 2-hour spurts since I have two small children, and too many weekend commitments this last month. But it’s finally done and I’m very thankful for Hunky Hubs for helping me out with this little project turned BIG PROJECT I planned on doing all by myself.
So let’s get to it!
I’m kind of glad we waited to paint the boy’s room til later because I wanted to make it something they would grow into, and never out of. At our old place, I had to have a nursery. It was baby blue and yellow with a monkey border. It was cute, but J Myster would have grown out of it by the age of 8 or 9 and we would have had to re-paint the room. In this case, I don’t think we’ll ever have to repaint, because all the things that make it little boyish, can be removed.
I fell in love with Disney’s specialty paints. They make a variety of paints that are amazing in a child’s room from glow in the dark paint, to chalk board paint, to metallic paints.
J has always loved the movie “Cars” and when we were going thru paint samples we saw this room:
Jaydon liked the red, but I wasn’t so sure about it since I wanted to make sure that it would be something that he could grow into. If by the age of 14 he didn’t like cars anymore, I didn’t want to paint with this theme in mind. But I loved the metallic stripes on the window wall above, so I thought I’d replicate that!
I bought the metallic paint. Got some advice from my husband who used stripes in his man cave, then started prepping the room.
First, its important to measure out your stripes with a tape measure. I chose to put stripes every 21 inches. I measured along the baseboard and marked my stripes with a pencil.
I used a 4-inch roller and painted the metallic stripes at the start of where I drew each line. I waited 24 hours to make sure the paint was good and dry before I proceeded. I didn’t want chunks of metallic paint ripped off the walls, but the way we did it, we made sure we only had to tape once, instead of several times. Once the stripes were painted, we then taped the stripes off with 2-inch Scott’s blue painter’s tape.To tape the stripes, you will once again have to use the level to make sure your stripes are straight. I marked lightly with a pencil at the top of the level and bottom of the level, then pulled the tape off in four-foot strips and matched it up with the pencil mark to ensure the line was perfectly vertical.
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