We thought it might be helpful to share some of the 'how to' instructions in this post.
Here was our starting point - a dark beige room with a double window and closet. Not exciting to start with.....but it has nice hardwood floors. And lots of wall space for furniture placement.
|Pottery Barn Kids - Hayley Quilt|
Step 1 - The inspiration - Pottery Barn Kids - Hayley Quilt. Beth loves that it has so many different colors to work into the design scheme. The pastels are great and to keep the 'pinkness' toned down, we decided to go with blue, white & yellow for our color scheme on the walls.
Step 2 - Painting the walls. We wanted a striped focal wall and after much debate, we chose Behr Monaco Blue and Decorator White. For the other three walls, we went with Behr Summer Moon, a very pale yellow.
|We agonized over which blue went best with the calico in the quilt|
The stripes were pretty straightforward. First, we painted the entire wall Decorator White. We let is 'cure' overnight, so the paint had a chance to adhere to the wall. The next day, we pulled out our calculator and divided the height of the room by 8, to get the spacing for evenly sized stripes. We got out the tape measure and level and were able to quickly tape them up (Suggestion: use the tape for sensitive surfaces to protect the base coat).
Then we used a trick that I find really helpful. Paint the edges with the color that you've taped over. That way any initial 'bleed' will be the same color.
Step 3 - Creating the baby's name. I ordered the letters from PaperSource (very reasonably priced at $3.75 each!). Then we picked out scrapbook paper to match the colors in the baby quilt. Covering the letters was easy. I started with a coat of spray paint, followed by a coat of spray adhesive. The paper went on easily and I cut it with a sharp x-acto blade.
Hint: Try embossing the edges with your fingernail prior to cutting - particularly for the inside of letters like A and e. It makes it much easier.
We still have lots more to do - but we're happy with the results so far. What do you think?