|Here's our "before". It looks so pitiful with just one piece of art, one candle and a Dyson handvac.|
Our design plan was dreamt up by John. I've got him reading some DIY blogs and he came across an idea to use board and batten as wainscoting. He thought it would be a perfect way to add some interest and flair to our drab basement. Or... he just wanted an excuse to finally buy an air compressor and pneumatic nail gun... the world will never know (I'm pretty sure it's the latter).
|John pondering his |
|John's inspiration photo, taken from Ana White's website.|
I started taping off at the ceiling and down the stairs (since our walls meet directly with the carpeted steps). The ceiling taping came to a quick end as I got tired of trying to get the stupid tape up there and I was feeling brave and confident in my new Shur-Line paintbrushes.
|Curse you, wicked blue tape!|
|Elliot quality-inspecting my work.|
So, of course, I did the cutting in along the ceiling and nooks and crannies (alcoves? do you know this word?... alcoves? - inside "In Bruges" joke) whilst John went to town with the roller. Yeah, I'm trying to bring back "whilst". If Conan can have "thrice", I can have "whilst".
|If you can look past all the junk, there's me, up in the corner.|
After Day 1 of painting, we were left with this...
|Up the stairs (obviously). Finally starting to cover up the damage caused in Couch v. Stairs|
Anyone notice how in some lights (or lack thereof), the orange appears a little... Home Depot orange? Eeks. I think we might spend a little bit too much time there...
With the accent color up on the walls, we were exhausted (I should have mentioned this project didn't start until about 6:00 p.m. and we finished painting at about 3:00 a.m.), but happy with our results and excited to get started on Phase Two: Board and Battens.