So I recently moved back in with Momma bird to save money and go back to school. Soon after, she bought a new smaller house across town and we've been moving, painting, and cleaning for about a month or so now to give this new house some sassy spark and make it the true fresh start that my Mom wants and deserves. With the new acquisition of a new room, I was beaming with ideas of how to decorate. It's a crazy stressful process, and trying to keep everything on as small a budget as possible makes things difficult, but also provides new and thrifty ways for my Mom and I to make this house a home. So paint was the first thing and we began with the basement, my room more specifically.
Here's the original color of my basement bedroom. Almost a khaki/sandy color, which wasn't too terrible, but was too beat up to be salvaged. Plus there were a ton of dime sized holes in the walls. So after some spackling and sanding, I was pumped to paint. You can also see the tealy blue color we chose for the rest of the basement in the second picture there.
I wanted something mature, and slightly feminine. But something that still appealed to my artsy side. I've moved around a lot in the past few years like a gypsy which hasn't provided much opportunity for complete redecoration. I lived in apartments and rented townhouse rooms, none of which provided permanent decorating solutions. You know the drill. I also needed to take into consideration that I have no windows in my room, so light would be an issue. I own a really ridiculous combo of french/thrifted/ikea furniture but I wanted to play with the thrifty french idea a little more. I wanted a pattern or something like that on one wall, and chose harlequin diamonds. For the walls, I picked "Vintage Taupe" by Behr for the walls, and a similar color to "Shy Violet" in Behr for the diamonds, but in a cheaper paint to save moolah. Unfortunately this caused several problems since it was a cheaper paint but it's nothing that can't be worked through.
Sadly, none of the photos do the color justice. But trust me when I tell you that the Vintage Taupe was a drastic change from the previous wall color. Anywho, so after painting the walls and then the trim an Antique white, I began doing the measurements for the diamonds which would be on the back wall of the room, or the first wall you see when you walk in the room.
Here's the back wall. Closet door on the left there.
I'd just like to say that taping is a pain and quite possibly the biggest pain when it comes to painting... it is the bane of my existence. Also, you need to wait for the wall to dry completely before you put tape on it. Or bad things happen (learns the hard way).
Also, No matter how hard I pressed the tape down, I still got furry edges on my diamonds, but its only noticeable when your face is a foot from them so I'm not pressed.
And don't rip the tape off like it's a pretty boy's pants because you could do damage to the paint. (still learns the hard way...)
And here's what I have so far! I think it looks pretty fancy. I was also thinking of edging the diamonds in a small metallic outline. Gold maybe. And I realize that there might not have been much of a point to painting the wall with the bed there, but it's the only one that would look good. I also apologize for the lack of furniture and decor (and I have a lot of decor to put up and arrange), but I just put my bed in the room this evening. Oh, and you like how my tv is smaller than my computer monitor?? Yeeeeah... guess which one I love more. Heh. I'm also in the process of painting my bathroom the same color as the harlequin diamonds... but that is still a work in progress since I'm having issues after I stripped the wallpaper away so that's another story.
This is just the beginning of the projects we've started in this house. This is my first post, but certainly not first project. I'd love some feedback!