Ooh, baby! I am so excited to be able to share this project today because it’s been on my mind since the day we moved in to this house almost 3 years ago. Yup, that’s how long I’ve been watching television, all distracted like, with the thoughts of a TV accent wall in my head.
Well, the procrastinating is over and I finally pulled this off on one snowy Saturday with the boy running around. That alone was madness. Because they’re in daycare five days awake and I couldn’t seem to pull it together until a Saturday. You should always wait until you have a 3 and 4 year old at home and underfoot before starting a paint project where you need to measure and concentrate. Just for the challenge and all.
Here’s what we started with.
I’m kind of unsuccessfully hiding the cables with that fancy faux orchid over on the right. Also, the tv was hung crookedly and has been that way for the past three years. I keep forgetting to mention it to Tom when he’s over here and doing other handyman type things for me.
Sherwin Williams sent out a coupon for a free tester of paint a few weeks ago and I snapped that offer right up. I popped in, grabbed a tester of Cyberspace, which is this great dark grey and headed home. Where my free paint sat for another week. Maybe longer. #procrastination.
From start to finish, this project took around 3 hours. The taping off was literally the hardest part. Particularly when my cool measuring technique and level failed when I figured out my ceilings weren’t completely straight.
Basically I taped off an area that highlighted the wall and extended about 6 inches on either side of that really cool dresser. I measured 1 1/2 inches and added a thin piece of frog tape on the inside of the square, using the level to make it straight to create the frame effect. When everything was taped, I used a utility knife to trim the overhang.
First coat on and drying… FYI…I was taking pictures with my cell phone that day. Sorry about that.
Here’s the thing about paint. Mostly I start out great and get one coat up and then freak out. The color looks too light or too blue or too something. This time was no exception. But once the second coat is up, I’m mostly always happy.
Like today. Really, really happy!
Once I re-hung the deer head, I realized that the original silver antlers weren’t working for me anymore. They got a quick coat of gold spray paint which really makes them pop against the dark grey.
How cute is he, now?
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