By Sayward Rebhal, Networx
A few years back, my husband and I bought our first house. It was new, and it was very . . . cookie cutter . . . which meant it required a massive remodel. Instead of hiring a Portland remodeling contractor, we did all the work ourselves, room by room.
It was fun! And we learned so much. One of my very favorite projects, and our first complete room makeover, was our small downstairs half-bath. We wanted to do something bold, but the size of the space was too small for “busy.” We considered a simple wallpaper, but worried about the long term repercussions, should we ever change our minds (as we creative types are wont to do). I like things a bit more on the baroque side, whereas he is all about clean and modern. With that in mind, we devised a plan that would meet in the marvelous middle – and that’s how we ended up with these eclectic-yet-elegant stripes.
We went with a bright red, which took the look squarely into the realm of “funky.” However, the same technique applied in cream, ivory, taupe, or sage, would offer a much more refined vibe. Pastels would be perfect for a nursery, bright colors best for a child’s room, and I think the treatment would be striking on an accent wall. However you choose to use it, here’s how it’s done:
For this project, you will need brushes/rollers, painter’s tape, drop cloth/plastic, and two buckets of paint in the exact same color – one in a matte finish and the other in high gloss.