I've had this inspiration image in my mind for some time & kept picturing it with gray and white striped walls. Gorgeous, no?
I still didn't have any idea how I was going to achieve the look, as this sink runs upwards of $1,600 and others similar are out of our budget as well.
First, Mini Quiche J and I had to sand and prime the walls. When I painted the brown I used a cheap roller that shed all over the walls & was bad enough that you could actually see it every time you went in there.
Lesson learned! Spring for the roller that is $3 more & always use a fresh roller for each coat of paint. It may seem a bit excessive, but it is worth it to not have to worry about roller lint on your freshly painted walls!
We ended up doing 2 coats of primer then painted the walls with the white color of the stripe, Benjamin Moore Snowfall White. Then finally, I got to work striping the walls. My mom & I (yes, I had to call her to figure this out) determined that 13" stripes fit perfectly from the ceiling to the top of the baseboards, and I started marking off & drawing lines with a long level.
I think it's important to note that I determined my lines by one mark on one wall, then running the level across the walls and drawing the line rather than marking 13" on each wall and snapping a chalk line. It turned out that our ceilings are not exactly level, so the lines would have slanted. Using the level ensures that the lines are straight across around the perimeter of the room. Once that is done, it's time to tape off the stripes.
Another tip for painting stripes on the wall! Once the tape is up, starting the painting process using a brush with a little bit of paint on the ends. With the brush on top of the tape, brush over and away from the tape line. What you are essentially doing is creating a seal where the edge of the tape meets the wall so that when you go back through with the roller, you don't have to worry about paint seeping under the tape.
Let the paint dry a bit before rolling. You should be left with crisp, clean lines!
As I mentioned yesterday, the stripes are a bit more Rugby/Preppy than I originally wanted. I thought about retaping and going over the gray with a lighter shade, but that seems like way too much work. Once we measured the proper sink depth again, we realized that a smaller sink would fit much better in the space, especially once the door is rehung. There really isn't much clearance, so we may embrace the more modern design and go with the smaller IKEA sink.
Don't worry, we (I) have also determined that a new mirror & lighting is a must...
So, what do you think?