Pieces of Flair

“We really need to talk about your flair.” I said to the entry way. And then the entry way was like “Really?…but I have 15 pieces on”. To which I replied “Well, fifteen is the minimum, okay? Now, you know it’s up to you whether or not you want to just do the bare minimum.”

If you don’t like the movie Office Space, we can’t be friends.

I don’t really talk to inanimate objects…at least not when anyone else is around, but I have come to the conclusion that our entry way is a little lacking in the ‘flair’ department. I’m all about keeping it casual and functional, but I think every room deserves a little something special. I had an idea of how I could add some flair.

That being said, not every idea is a good idea.

Sometimes I get these ideas and they look fan-TAS-tic…in my head. And then I go to apply them in real life and they look….well, not so fantastic. Here is an example.

I found this tutorial on Pinterest, where they drew a geometric shape on the walls with a gold Sharpie paint pen. Easy enough. I loved the concept and how simple it was. BUT I didn’t want to be a big ‘ol copycat and copy exactly what they did, so I decided to find another pattern to put my own spin on it. I measured everything out and started marking up the walls with pencil. Once I had it marked, I already had the impression that it wasn’t going to work, but I decided to forge ahead because it looked so good in my head. I just marked off one wall and decided to go ahead and add the gold Sharpie to see how I liked it before I went on to the other walls.

Herringbone Accent // thegoldbrickroad.comThe truth is, I really liked it, but I knew deep down that it was just too busy for such a narrow space. I also thought maybe I could just do the one wall, but I decided it would just make the room feel unbalanced.  So this is as far as I got before I admitted defeat and went back to the drawing board.

Herringbone Accent // thegoldbrickroad.comAfter I really thought about what went wrong, I decided a little would go a long way in this space.  I thought about drawing the same design with gold Sharpie but in smaller strips. Then I was watching HGTV’s new show Flipping the Block, and one of the teams had a little flare on their walls of a master bedroom they were designing. It was perfect for my space!

flippingtheblockI got to work taping off the section of wall I wanted to paint. It was super easy. The only measuring I had to do was the width of the columns. The rest was just random taping at an angle. I made my angles slightly less severe than theirs.

Herringbone Accent // thegoldbrickroad.com Herringbone Accent // thegoldbrickroad.comThen the paint went on. I decided to use all white paint. It’s actually left over trim paint so it is a semi-gloss and has a little shine to it in the right light.

Herringbone Accent // thegoldbrickroad.comHerringbone Accent // thegoldbrickroad.comAfter two coats of paint, I just peeled away the tape and was left with this.

Herringbone Accent // thegoldbrickroad.comHerringbone Accent // thegoldbrickroad.comHerringbone Accent // thegoldbrickroad.comHerringbone Accent // thegoldbrickroad.comHerringbone Accent // thegoldbrickroad.comHerringbone Accent // thegoldbrickroad.comI really like how it turned out. I think the gold would have been overkill in here. Instead of yelling “hey, look at me!”, it’s more of a whisper. I still have to hang our coat rack on the wall, paint the trim on the attic access, and change out the flourescent light fixture. You know…more pieces of flair.

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