I’ll be posting more and more photos of our house renovations over the coming weeks, as work wraps up and we begin to take back our lives from the incessant sawing and fine layers of dust.
But for now, I’d like to present Emme’s room. The rainbow room.
We spent months and untold thousands of the monies on the rest of the house — we even moved out for a few months to an apartment down the street. Yet, with just a little paint and some tape and a few days of gumption, somehow the kid’s room is now the coolest in the entire house.
It began when we asked her if she wanted to repaint her room during the renovations and she said Yes. Yes I’d like a rainbow.
Immediately Dana and I grimaced, picturing those Romper Room rainbow monstrosities made up of primary colors and eye pain.
And then … the awesome sauce kicked in.
Dana did all the work on this one, from selecting some softer colors to spacing out the rainbow stripes in a random order that just looks amazing.
The trick was making sure the colored paint didn’t bleed through the tape. So first Dana and Emme painted the room white. Then they used a laser level to tape off the stripes. And then they repainted over the tape in white again, sealing it to the wall.
And hey, thanks for the help, grandma!
Later, they added the colors and then, when dry, peeled off the tape. Very, very little of the colored paint leaked through — a gift given the texture on the walls. You can see the straight lines in the blue zone above, while the tape on the green and yellow zone remains.
This is what happens when you wait for paint to dry.
All told, it looks pretty amazing. Emme is thrilled not only with the look but at the fact that she helped so much. I like that people see the wall and immediately turn to me, thinking I had a major hand in the project. Probably because my fancy pants book on crafting. Of course I did this, they must think….
Dana likes to smile politely for a moment before screaming.
“He did nothing! He is useless. USELESS!”
And it’s true.
This was all Dana, Emme, and grandma.
When they were finished with the wall, Emme also got to select a new light. For some reason she wanted the fanciest chandelier she could find, and we had a fun time asking, “This one, or that one, or this one, or that one?”
And then for added glory, Dana’s dad and I installed a gorgeous escutcheon to go with it.
That room is awesome.
UPDATE: Oh fine. Here’s another photo – this time showing her new rug as well. It’s difficult to get the whole rainbow wall, along with the new rug, because there’s no space to back up to get everything in the shot. Forgive the weird strings … Emme was building a fort. I’ll have another post this week on her genius fort-building technique. This is what happens when you do fun crafts and projects with your daughter: She blows your mind with inventiveness.