Saturday, May 12, 2012

The second stripe!

Yesterday I dared to use the Frog Tape again on my boy's walls. I had been avoiding doing the second stripe for a few days, but I knew it had to get done, so I decided to go for it. I was very nervous, given the disaster I had with the first stripe. We decided that if it all got done within about four to five hours, we probably wouldn't have the same problem with the tape. So I put up the line to mark the stripe in the afternoon while I was home with the boys. Then I made supper and threw it in the oven, knowing Mike would be home to take it out. Then, the Frog Tape process began. Wow, it's kind of a pain putting that stuff on. It took me forever to do it, but once it was done, I opened up my new can of paint. Peaceful Night, it's called. Ha! It's in the wrong room. But that's beside the point. I got started on the second stripe right away. To my surprise, it didn't take me long to paint it. I think I may actually be improving, which is kind of amazing.  Here are a few shots of the stripe after the first coat, with the tape still on.

After that, I anxiously awaited my opportunity to put on the second coat. Mike had a work thing last night, so he left after the boys were in bed. I was not allowed to paint again until 9:30 p.m. When that time finally rolled around, I did my second coat, which probably took me all of ten minutes. It went well, with relatively few incidents. (I did have a few moments where I went too fast and went over the tape a little. Duh. I did wipe it off, but there are a few spots that may need a tiny touch up.) The hard part was removing the blasted tape. I started with the top one, as it was on the white paint and I was less nervous about it ripping because I knew we would still be putting our final stripe on top. Ironically, the white paint was a problem. Lots of it came off on the tape, but mostly in very tiny little spots. I had read that the best way to remove the tape was slowly, and bending it backwards almost right against itself. I think it took me nearly an hour to remove the tape. How ridiculous! (Of course, I did have to tend to a nightmare with Micah in between, but that didn't take too long.)

I had no trouble at all getting the tape off the lighter blue stripe. It came off easily and did not remove any paint at all. I was so relieved about that. I had two bad patches tear on the white tape, despite my extreme caution, so I was annoyed, but again, we will paint over that tonight with our silver stripe. After that, we will definitely have a few spots of white that will need to be touched up, but that's not the end of the world.

Incidentally, I decided not to wait around to find the delicate version of the Frog Tape because we simply don't have that much time. That's why we decided to take our chances on the green stuff.

So, after all the tape came off, this is what the room looked like.

And the next ones I took this morning in the sunlight, for better lighting.

They are not flawless, but they look pretty good! I am very happy with the way they have turned out so far. I am still nervous about the silver stripe, because believe it or not, we have to use spray paint. I will not be doing that process because I think the fumes are too dangerous for me, being pregnant. But hopefully tonight I will be able to take pictures, and hopefully it is going to look good. If the navy blue stripe cooperates as much as the lighter blue one did with the paint, we'll be in good shape. Then we just have to touch up the white stuff, and we'll be ready to put trim back on, and closet shelves and racks, and curtains, as well as other accents. We are almost there!


Jo said...

I had a dream about painting your wall, it was the blue, then green then pink stripe. There was more to the dream, but that's what I remembered...I woke up laughing for some reason :)

Jo said...

Is it supposed to be Wpg Jets theme?

CAT said...

Funny about your dream, Jo! Hehe. That would be a funny colour combination for us right now! And yes, we are doing a Jets theme! I'm hoping to have pictures of the final product tonight. If not, tomorrow for sure!