The Making of a Striped Nursery

When we found out we were having a girl, I headed to Pinterest for room inspiration. I knew I wanted stripes on the wall – just wasn’t sure what they would look like.

I liked this:

(Source: Bean in Love)

I also really liked this:

(Source: Apartment Therapy)

So gold became the obvious choice because all my pins were gold and stripey. Our friends Daniel and Katy gave us the gift of painting the nursery for our baby shower (Daniel is a professional). Here’s how they did it!

First, Daniel measured the wall, divided the inches by eight (eight stripes) and marked everything off by tracing faint lines on the wall with a pencil. Then, he and Katy went to town painting these chunky gold stripes (Ralph Lauren Metallic in Burnished Gold).

The next few steps were just genius to me. I wanted thin gold lines (a little reminiscent of notebook paper) so Daniel and Katy applied strips of masking tape (the regular masking tape – not the blue stuff – Daniel insists the regular stuff is much better) on top of the dry gold stripes.

Then, they painted the white color (Sherwin Williams in West Highland White) right over the tape.

Next came the hard part: being patient enough to let the paint dry before we were able to pull the masking tape off (one of the most satisfying things I’ve ever done!). I think we eventually had to leave the house just to fight off the impulse to go for it.

Sigh. Still one of the best decisions we’ve ever made.

Two years later, we still love it.



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