I think Transition Borders are one of my favorite type of stencils to do. They always pack such a "wow" factor. I’ll start off by showing you the "before" and "after" pics, so you can see exactly what I mean. Then I’ll walk you through the journey of this foyer transformation.
So, what may you ask, is a Transitional Border? Well, it’s just that… a border that offers an eye pleasing transition to another finish, or another room. In this case, once the wallpaper was removed, all walls were painted an off-white color in this large foyer. To bring in some interest, the client wanted a border to go up the wall on both of the the staircases. There are two, mirror image staircases in this foyer. Instead of ending the bottom finish with a straight line and doing a straight lined border, this Transition Border incorporates the off-white paint into the body of the bottom finish, and also brings the glazed Lusterstone finish into the off-white top portion of the walls. You will see this up close, in more detail, in a little bit.
The foyer was dark and dreary with the previous brown wallpaper you see in the first photo. My clients, having lived in Hawaii, wanted to bring in a bit of a tropical feel. The wallpaper was done by the previous homeowners. Another issue was the gray tiled floor with a big black diamond in the center, which no one liked.
Working closely with Sherry Ward, owner of Off the Wall Custom Stencil Designs, Sherry was able to find a beautiful hibiscus border and turn it into a Transition Border. Everyone was very excited about this!
Enthusiastically, I measured and taped off both stair walls.
Here is where my worse nightmare began. I got a little off my line with the low tack blue tape I was using, so had to reposition. When I did so, much to my horror, the off-white base paint peeled right off the wall, with my tape! Of course, at first I thought it must be just one little area that was missed with primer when the walls were painted. Surely the paint had cured, since they were done 4 weeks ago.
I should have snapped a pic of my shocked expression.
I stopped here for the day to trouble shoot. Stay tuned for Part 2.