The first step was to paint a stripe at the top of the powder room. It’s exactly 6 3/4″ from the ceiling. I thought it would be an easy process: buy a laser level, measure one point at 6 3/4″, point the laser level and paint. Turns out the laser level I bought was utter crap. It wouldn’t stick to the wall as advertised; it fell to the ground and smashed into its respective pieces. So I drew a stripe the old-fashioned way: with a pencil, a ruler, and a regular air-bubble level. Then I taped and painted.
After I painted the stripe, I realized I didn’t need to tape it off before painting the white. I would have to tape it off again when I painted the red. I kicked myself pretty well over this. I removed the tape and painted a second coat of white.
When I re-taped for the red, I realized that taping the white stripe was actually a good idea. The first taping left a little groove in the paint that I used to line up the tape a second time. I burnished the tape with an old credit card, and it turned out that I had razor-sharp striping. THE BURNISHING IS KEY. BURNISH FOR ALL YOU’RE WORTH (and hope you’re worth more than a two-penny stamp).
If you burnish, you will get stripes like this:
Painting the walls was your standard painting-of-the-walls endeavor. When I was finished, it looked like this:
So, paint the floor, install the backer board, fix the drywall, mud and paint, and we’re done. At least, that’s what I thought, until I tackled the floor. Stay tuned. There’s concrete and a trowel and a five-gallon bucket up next…