Striped Office!

The stripes are finally done! It took longer than planned, but it looks amazing! I’m so happy with how the room turned out!
Before I get started with the after pictures, I should mention paint colors. The room was already painted White Clay by Behr and I ended up using Sandstone Cove for the other stripes. It was the next color on the paint card.

OK, now let’s look at pretty stripe pictures!
As you saw a couple weeks ago, I finished 2 walls the first weekend.

I had planned to finish the rest of the room the following weekend, but I had a blonde moment (started painting the wrong color), so I only finished this wall and half of the window wall.

And finally, I re-taped the rest of the window wall and finished up painting the stripes on Saturday.

And that’s the 360-degree tour of the striped office! But to fully appreciate how far this room has come, let’s look at a before and after. When I bought the house, the room was bright purple with a Winnie the Pooh border:

I quickly painted over the purple with White Clay by Behr.

The room already looked 100x better with the fresh paint job, but I’d planned to paint stripes in here before I even officially owned the house. 2 years later…

As for the $ breakdown, the whole project only cost about $50 for the paint, two rolls of Frog Tape, a level, and paint trays/rollers. Obviously the major commitment for this project is time and patience. For anyone wanting to paint stripes at home, I’ll be back later this week to share my tips for perfect striped walls. It won’t be a full tutorial (there’s plenty of those already around), but just a few tips/tricks that helped me keep my lines straight and crisp.  

**Edited: You can see my 6 Tips for Painting Perfect Stripes here

And with that, here’s my office to-do list now:
Sell current desk on Craigslist
Clean out room
Paint stripes
Replace outlets and switches with white ones
Find table to use as desk
Buy 2 chairs
Buy pair of desk lamps
Buy and paint file cabinet
Mount TV on the wall
Create a gallery wall around the TV
Build pallet artwork
Sew curtains
Buy sleeper sofa
Buy/build end table
Buy dresser
Paint dresser
Sew pillows
Add accessories
Beyond The Picket Fence


  1. That is a great start! I cannot wait to see it develop as you mark more things off your list. It always feels good to start and a little intimidating to look at what is left. You can do it!

  2. I love it. I want to live in there. I want to marry it. Freakin fabulous!! Good work! Yay! Can't wait to see more!

  3. Wow these look so awesome!!!! You did a great job!

  4. It turned out so beautiful!!!!!!! I absolutely love it, Sam. And the before and the after is amazing. Looks like you covered up your blonde moment really well - it happens :)

  5. Love the stripes--bold design, yet subtle in these colors. Thanks for sharing!


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