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Painting all the stars in the sky…well, it feels that way…

Ever have one of those ideas that sounds really good, and while you are doing it you can see that it’s a good idea, but you find out that it’s going to be a lot more work than you thought it was going to be? Well, that’s pretty much how I feel about the painting in the new baby’s room. I really like how the room is looking, with the bottom 2/3rds of the room a light purply blue color and the top 1/3rd a darker purply blue color (the trim in the room matches the top color). That part, btw, is already acomplished, including the second pass over a few sections of room that didn’t get enough paint the first time.

Well, where the idea comes into play is in tha top border. See, when we (the wife, the mother-in-law, and myself) sat down to figure out the color scheme, I came up with the idea of painting stars in that top section to make it look almost like a night sky (nixed the idea early of painting the whole ceiling, thank goodness). Everybody liked it, but it was obvious that I was going to be the one doing the painting of the stars; the wife can’t do any of the painting due to being preggers and while the mother-in-law will help on the walls she won’t help with the stars. But what do I say? No problem! I can do that! I’ve got ideas of how I can do that stuff, easy! ::snort::

Idea to make it easy 1: Star roller. Well, took a look at it, and immediately I wasn’t sure about using it. Looked far, far too easy to get extra paint on it and ruin the new paint job. So nope.

Idea to make it easy 2: Stamps. Would be great, if we could actually find them, and in different sizes. We would strongly prefer not to have the same size star all around, and besides we can’t find out for sure if they would work well with the kind of paint we have.

Idea to make it easy 3: Stencils. Would work, if I want to take a year or so to do it right. Tried using them, and keeping the paint from getting on the back of the stencil, and therefore on parts of the wall you don’t want paint on, is very time consuming. You have to tape the stencil to the wall tightly, paint it, carefully remove the stencil, and move on to a new spot. Oh, and it’s difficult to get multiple stars in one pass, since you obviously can’t put the stencil on wet paint. Argh.

So what am I actually doing? I’m freehand painting all the stars, being as careful as I can to get a decently uniform shape. And while it technically is the fastest technique, it’s still a slow process. After several hours of painting, I only about a quarter of the way done. And I already know that I’m going to have to go back over every one of those stars with a second coat of paint. ::sigh:: But, the part that I have worked on does look nice, and I think the room will look really good in the end. So I think it will be worth it.

So now here’s hoping Natalie likes stars….. :)