It was previously painted with a flat paint and it just wasn’t conducive to messy little hands. If you’ve ever worked with flat paint before, you know it isn’t easy to keep clean. Especially when it is a really light color. My hallway was cream. It was a pretty color but it just wasn’t working with my two kiddos being 3 and under. No matter what, I feel like they always have something
on their tiny (chubby!) little hands.
I decided to paint the hallway a crisp white. I used Behr’s Swiss Coffee. Not only did it make the area look lighter and brighter, it really helped to “clean up” the hallway walls. I loved it. I knew I wanted more though. I’m not one to paint a wall all white and be done. I think we all know that. 😉 So….. I opted for stripes. An obvious choice if you’ve known me for more than 2 seconds.
I decided that I didn’t want to repaint the entire hall way before we move (since we’re renting) so I only painted the wall that is visible from the living room. I kept the rest of the hallway plain white so I only have to paint over the grey stripes to make it neutral when we move out.
First, I taped off my wall.
I wanted to try two different techniques for painting stripes to find the BEST way to get a clean crisp line. I tried the dry brush method I shared with you here
Then, I tried another method I’ve read about where you tape off your stripes then paint over the edges tape with your base color. See my base color was Swiss Coffee (white) so I taped off my stripes, then painted the soon to be grey stripes with a coat of white. When that dried, I painted the grey right over my base coat. This is supposed to eliminate any obvious bleeding underneath the tape. Basically, if the color bleeds through the tape, it matches the base color so it doesn’t matter, leaving you with a clean crisp line.
So… dry brush versus base coat method! The verdict….
Both lines look fan-friggin-tastic! No drips, peeling, bleeding, smudging at all! I say both methods work wonderfully so it is definitely a personal choice. I will likely continue using the dry brush method because I didn’t like having to have get my white paint out and then get the grey out and set up. Just a personal preference but they both work really really well!
PS. This hallway had this old yellowy-white light switch and plate and against the grey and white wall… it wasn’t working. Then, I had a brilliant idea!
Beautimous! I just used a can of white spray paint and painted the switch, plate and screws. My husband couldn’t even believe how painting that old thing made such a big difference. Easy update people!
I’m in love with my crystal door knobs. They’re on every door in the house. How fun is that?!