Last year I striped my hallway. I never was very happy with it. I kept adding more and more stripes, hoping I’d like it better and then finally decided to quit before it got worse. Not sure if it was the colour-combo or the stripes themselves, but I knew it couldn’t stay. A little while back I finally started deleting stripes. It took me a few weeks, using a few minutes here and there. First I had to sand the stripes. Two coats of great paint later, I could still see stripes. So I primed and put on another two coats of paint, this time flat paint. I was now up to 5 coats, if you’re counting! And you could still see some definition of stripes in certain lights.
I figured the only way to make the walls perfect, would be to have someone come in and replaster the walls. But this was probably not an option so I hoped that my next plan – polka dots – would be enough of an attention-grabber that the stripes would virtually disappear. And they did!
My original intention was to dot the walls from floor to ceiling, however, once I got started – and then stopped (using bits of time here and there), I kind of liked a bit of a haphazard look. So I went with haphazard! I can always fill in the rest of the dots later if I change my mind – or if too many people ask me “if it’s supposed to be that way” or “if I’m going to ever finish it…!”
The other day I was ironing and it hit me that my ironing board went with my new hall. (I have had a thing for dots for a long while. The other day I ran into one of my daughters at the greenhouse. I was wearing polka-dotted pants and a polka-dotted shirt. She gave me a look. I said I liked polka dots. She said, “That’s evident.” ) Well, now it’s more evident. Maybe I’ll get a shot of me in some of my polka-dotted outfits in my polka-dotted hall for my next post. (9 more days of school and then I’ll have a bit of time again!)
In case you’re interested, the walls are Chantilly Lace Aura by Benjamin Moore. The dots are Folk Art acrylic paint in licorice. I used a 4″ dotted stencil, purchased online, and a small foam roller.
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