The navy stripes are on the wall. What do we think? It's definitely bold. But like my drama teacher told me, it's easier to start with a bold performance and tone it down if you have to rather than give a wimpy rendition. Or something like that.
And here's how they look when you're coming up from the basement.
I think I like it.
The reason I went with navy is because not only did I have a quart of it sitting around, but see that rug to the left? My friend brought that back from Pakistan for me. It's navy with some coral in it and I love it. It's so pretty. I knew I wanted to use navy somewhere else, too.
I don't know if it was the paint or me, but it took several coats to make it look decent.
Since I already had stripes on the wall, I just placed the painter's tape right along the top edges of the stripes I was painting over. Then I pressed the tape down with a putty knife for nice crisp edges. I used a level the first time to get the stripes nice and even.
Here a little before/after comparison. It's not a complete "after" though. We still have to tile the floor, but it's always fun to see how things are moving along. See that door in the before shot? I almost forgot that had been there. We removed it to make the room look a little more open. I got the oval mirror at a thrift store and painted it.
I think I'll sit back and take in my new navy stripes. But to tell you the truth, I want to repaint our dark grey living room wall (the one with the fireplace) the same color in a flat finish.