I am well underway with this Living Room Project. Here are two "Before" shots showing just the plain, pale yellow walls. It’s a small, one bedroom condo in a Fifty-Five Plus condo complex. The homeowner has not moved in yet, but most of her furnishings are here.
My client sent me this piece of wallpaper and asked me if I could copy the flowers and paint them randomly scattered on the walls in her Living Room. I took the wallpaper to Staples and enlarged the two groupings of flowers on a copier.
Using this stencil, I went around the room and just roller stenciled, in white.
So far, so good. The only glitch was the fact that I forgot my good glasses and had to resort to digging in my backpack for a back up pair. Sad to say, this was all I could find. Luckily, I had on my baseball cap and that helped to keep them in place!
Next, I went around with an angle brush and just painted in this medium blue tone, looking at the wallpaper for guidance.
And this is when I had a little accident with the blue paint. I don’t know why I am such a klutz these days, but I have spilled more paint this year than in all previous 12 years of painting – total! I was working from a small sample sized paint jar, maybe 4 oz. of paint in the jar.
As I moved the ladder, the leg caught a bit on my drop cloth and the jar flew off, right onto my chest! Some paint hit the wall, but 99% of it hit me and the steps of my ladder.
Here you can see my shirt lying on a drop cloth. Note all the blue paint on both sleeves. My sleeves were so heavy with paint, that I had to take my shirt off and put on a sweater I had in my backpack. When I took my shirt off, my arms were also a light blue from the paint seeping through my shirt! I looked like a Smurf. Remember those??? My bib overalls also took some of the paint. Here’s a shot of them, with me now in the sweater:
I wasted about 45 minutes cleaning myself and my mess up, but in the end, I did remain pretty much on schedule for the day! I really need to order some new overalls….