another day, another wall.

I'm going through old pictures on my phone and I came across these.  And since I shared one of our other walls this week, I figured, why not?  Especially because this room is a direct result of that wall.  Madelyn painted the walls pink in here too, so I had to paint over it.  I told you no room was safe.

This room is our nursery for the twins.  If I can ever keep it clean long enough, I'll share pictures of the finished product.  Never any guarantee with me, guys.  :)

So there's the image of the herringbone wall floating around on pinterest.  But every time I clicked the link, I didn't get much info or any how to on how to create the same look, so maybe this might help someone who is like me and not original enough to come up with their own design.  ;)

I used Glidden Rich Navy and Behr Snowfall.  This room is really bright or I wouldn't have attempted such a dark wall.  I really love it though.  Kinda fun and unexpected.  Plus it's neutral enough to be a girl or a boy room.

So here's the quick how-to:  I painted snowfall on the base layer before I taped, let it dry, taped, then painted snowfall again along the tape edges so that the navy wouldn't bleed through when I pulled the tape off.  Taping was a breeze.  The greatest part about this style is that their's no rule as to where you actually have to place each line.  I measured how far the vertical lines would be but after that, I purposely made it random.Then I did 2 coats of navy, pulled off the tape and done.  It's like the perfect lazy paint project.

And that's that.  Now I really should go clean that room.....


I think I'm ready.

Guys, it's been 2 years.  I'm ready to share.  The trauma.  The horror of it all.

I wouldn't share except for the fact that this triangle wall gets so many comments and emails.  But if you knew how much stress this wall caused me, the wrinkles it created, you probably wouldn't ask. 

Let me clarify.  It was not the actual painting, not the actual wall that was the downfall. Just what came afterward.  So don't be scared about doing a triangle wall.  That part is actually quite fun.  Just avoid the pitfalls.  

Those pitfalls being a 2 year old, a brand new basement, and some paint.  Do you see where I'm heading with this?

It was a bright and sunny day in August 2014.  Jonathon had just finished the basement a month before to accommodate our growing family.  We'd just had little Sophia.  She was a good, sleeping baby and so I thought "Let's paint the wall today."  Lila and I had the colors and supplies picked out for months, just hadn't found the time or energy.  But that day, that fateful day, was the day.  

We started by taping.  I actually did a small little sample design first out of the paint samples on an 8.5 x 11 paper, so that I could get a sense of what things would look like.  I decided to make the bottom of the triangles 2 feet and the sides 1 foot. We taped.  It took a while, wasn't perfect, but oh well.  Based on my smaller design, I labeled which triangles would be painted which colors.  So far so good.  
 I used Behr Swiss Coffee as the paint on the bottom layer and the rest of the walls.  So I busted some of that out to paint on the lines of the tape.  You do this on tape lines so that the next colored layer isn't as likely to bleed through.  Our walls our plastered "Santa Fe" style , so they don't have a lot of bumps either.  That helps too.  
I purchased paint samples in 6 different colors.  Lila picked the colors.  Obvs.  Romantic Morn was the only one I really cared for.

We set to work.  Look at how little she was!

We painted all the triangles according to the color I'd written.

Eventually we added the other colors.  This is after a first coat.

Second coat and I did a 3rd coat (not pictured), just in case.

Eventually we got here.  Sort of a "kid meets Las Vegas" look.  If that's not too much of an oxymoron to be possible.  The whole goal for the room was to let Lila choose, so I just zipped my lid.  Besides, if it were up to me, it probably would have just been white or gray so.....

This is a basement room, so we were working around air ducts.  And look at tiny, chubby little Ezra!

 After we let it dry for a bit, we pulled off the tape.

 And made a mess.
And viola.  Some of the triangles were a little wonky and I can't say it was particular style, but oh well, Lila was so tickled.

And then.  Like an idiot, I closed the paint samples and put them in the windowsill.  Right where 2 year old Madelyn had access.  While I went upstairs to feed Sophia, Madelyn quietly dumped paint out all over herself, the brand new carpet, the freshly painted walls in our basement, then upstairs.  Almost every wall had her hand print on it.  When I saw her 20 minutes later, I just couldn't even.  I stuck her in the tub, cried, scrubbed everything, cried, and cried some more.  My hands were raw from scrubbing out paint.  Jonathon even came home early from work to help me.  I'm such a baby.  My biggest take away of the day was lock up the paint and be proud of yourself that you didn't hurt your child.

You know what though?  Life went on.  Madelyn is almost 4 now and we've almost survived her toddlerhood.  Most of the pink paint is gone now.  We either scrubbed it out or painted over it.  The paint that remains is bearable.  But sometimes when I come into this room and see the triangles, my heart just wishes that I'd done boring old gray.

So go, make your triangle wall, just keep it away from your toddler guys.  Far away.


Art Week 2: Day 5

I'd be lying if I said Day 5 wasn't my favorite.  And my kids' favorite.  Because it's all about Jackson Pollock.  So naturally, it's messy.  And my kids love to be messy.  

I showed the kids some of Jackson Pollock's art and pictures of him actually painting.  They thought it was so cool.  I actually have to commend the kids for being able to see more than just splatterings of paint on a canvas.  As they looked, they all pointed out things that they could see.  Tree's, birds, star wars ships (of course), a windy day, flowers, the list was endless.   

Then I laid down a large roll of paper.  This is a purchase that I highly recommend, my kids love coloring or painting on a big piece of paper. If you don't have one however, just use whatever paper you've got. 

I dumped out the paint and let them loose.  Here they are all set, wearing grocery bags.  My feeble attempt at keeping them clean.  
They started timidly at first.
But they got over their trepidation quickly.  
And they were delighted by their messiness.   
By the end, everything was covered in paint.

The best part about art week is seeing my kids completely happy with what they have made.

In case you missed anything check out:
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Art Week 2
art week last year 

Thanks for following along!  I'm off to go scrub paint off my floors.  :)
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