This is how it looked before:
I think my husband's shoe in the floor adds a special touch to the before picture, don't you?
And, here's how it looks now:
This area is far from finished, but I couldn't wait to show you my one wall :) Since there are lots of tutuorials out there on how to paint stripes, measure, etc., I'll just give you a quick step-by-step of our process and share our main lessons learned.
Friday night, I painted the whole wall "Sherwood Tan" by Benjamin Moore. (This is the color most of the house is being painted next week, so this gave me a good opportunity to try it out.) I used an eggshell finish for this color.
Saturday morning, we started taping it off. I decided on 9-inch stripes, measured and marked them.
Lesson learned #1: Do not use an electronic laser. This totally didn't work and resulted in a lot of frustration.
Lesson learned #2: Taping/painting horizontal stripes is not necessarily good for your marriage. Between our "debates" on the best way to tape, and one good meltdown by me, I'm not sure I see many more stripes happening in our house.
Lesson learned #3 (we learned alot during the taping process): Those people on Design Star simply cannot throw those crazy taped patterns up on the walls within a period of 3 minutes. There is obviously some major editing going on there.
So, we gave up on the first laser and decided to do it by just eye-balling it (in front of an audience).