Smaller, lesser-used rooms are a great place to experiment with home décor. I've done it by going dark in our Loo, trying pink (a colour I never thought I'd have in the house!) in our Guest Bedroom, and most recently by painting a coloured ceiing in our Guest Ensuite.
I also painted the top part of the wall the same colour as the ceiling, so I needed to create a dividing line where the ceiling colour met the wall colour all the way around the room. Even though Hubby and I had tiled, painted, and plumbed every item in this room, painting this feature was the thing that intimidated me the most. That's partly because the awful problems we had with the paint in our loo were still fresh in my mind, and partly because I knew that if that line was even slightly off-level, it would drive me totally crazy!
I started by blocking in each colour as close as possible to where I wanted the dividing line to be, ensuring that one colour - the white in this case - overlapped that dividing line all they way around the room.
Then I set up a self-levelling laser on a tripod to precisely determine the location of that dividing line.
Using the laser line as a guide, I marked the line using a paint-blocking masking tape that is specifically designed for use on delicate surfaces. I applied the masking tape to the white paint because that's the colour that overlapped the dividing line.
It's often recommended that you should paint over the tape with the background colour first (that's the white in this case) so that it fills any gaps in the tape where paint might leak through. However, I wanted to minimise the amount of paint that might soak into to tape, as this would cause the tape to adhere even more to the wall and increase the risk of it pulling off the wall paint as it is removed. So I just went right ahead and started painting with the blue over the top edge of the tape. I was careful to work from the centre of the tape outwards with each brush stroke so as to avoid pushing the paint underneath the tape.
As soon as the first coat was dry, I didn't delay getting the second coat on - again, to reduce the amount of time the paint had to soak into the tape. And I started removing the tape as soon as the second coat was applied, without waiting for it to dry.
Across most of the room, the tape came off with no problems. But on the exterior wall, where our plaster seems to be of inferior quality all over the house, the paint did lift off in a couple of spots.
It looks bad, but since I was worried about this happening all around the room, I actually considered it a victory that I just had two tiny patches like this to fix.
After touching it up with an artist's brush, the damaged patch was imperceptible.
Despite my apprehension about this project, in the end it was surprisingly easy to do. I believe the key factors in making it work so well were:
- Using a laser level to determine the line.
- Using high-quality masking tape, such as Kleenedge, ProDec, or Frog Tape.
- Not overloading the brush with paint, and working each brush stroke outwards from the centre of the tape.
I love how this painted feature mimics the proportions of a picture rail and how that impacts the room overall.
Paint is the easiest and cheapest way of transforming a room - and it is completely reversible if you don't like it, make a mistake, or change your mind. So if you want to be more bold with your décor, experimenting with paint is a great place to start.