Hello there, friends. Happy belated New Year. It’s been a while since I’ve posted. Hanukkah, to be precise. A lot has happened since early December that has kept me away, but I’m feeling more myself and ready to create, write, and connect with all of you again.
I don’t know if it’s something about a new year, or if it’s just all the staying at home (and enduring negative news cycles), but I’ve been at it again with painting walls in my house. There’s something very therapeutic about it for me. The attention to detail required for painting textured walls (thanks, Colorado), the energy spent on painting, and the addition of new beautiful colors to my safe haven just really come together to help me with my headspace. Maybe I should learn how to actually paint on canvas.
In any case, I decided that my bedroom needed a little bit of an update. It all started with a new bed frame for more storage. When it came to headboard or no headboard, I decided to skip the extra expense and use the paint I already had on hand to paint one instead. Best. Decision. Ever.
You see, I’m more than a little in love with the result. But, I’m probably getting ahead of myself. You’re probably wondering what sparked the idea for the design. Well, as I said, I already had the paint on hand from previous paint projects over the summer (Valspar’s Mystic Sea and Fish Tale). The geometric decision was based on a level of indecision on my part. I saw some really cool photos of both rectangular and circular painted headboards and decided that I wanted both. After drawing up a mock-up and going over the design with Ruckus, I finally picked up my paintbrush.
I started by taping the outline for the rectangle using the dimensions of our previous headboard for reference. Our bed is a King, so that came out to 51” H x 78” W. Then, I painted two coats of Mystic Sea. While that was drying, I started mathing out the dimensions and placement of the circle. I decided to make the diameter half the width of the rectangle and centering it on the rectangle. Deciding how much overlap between the circle and the rectangle was the hard part. I decided to go with a rough two-thirds overlap for no better reason than it was aesthetically pleasing to me.
So how did I paint a circle on the wall? With a pencil, a string, a hope, and a prayer. Once I figured out how big I wanted the circle and where it was going, I measured out a string for half the width of the circle (or radius, for my math geeks). I tied a pencil to one end and held the other end to the placement of the center of the circle on the wall to make an oversized compass. I drew the circle on the wall and stepped back. For someone who got a C in geometry, I was feeling pretty proud of my handiwork. Next step was painting.
Instead of a typical wall brush, I used a super thin 2” flat brush to carefully paint along the pencil lines. Yeah. I hand painted that sucker without tape. This is decidedly not a project for tight timelines. After I got a nice edge, I used a roller brush to fill in the circle with 2 coats of Fish Tale. The final result for me is stunning.