Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Brought to you by the letter...
Yeah, so a certain someone that lives in my house and that I am betrothed to apparently doesn't read my blog that much. Hmm... Anyhow, this spouse of mine named Jason calls me up late yesterday afternoon to tell me he likes it. It caught me off guard because a) he started the conversation as if it were mid-conversation and b) what? what do you like?, I asked.
This is what he saw on my blog. But, because he has a wife that does graphic art for EVERYTHING so he can visualize it, could we possibly see about using a particular sleek, chic and swanky hotel's initial instead. Ask and you shall receive.
Jason didn't just like what he saw, he LOVED it and before I knew it, he had me assisting him on getting this wall done last night...at 10:00pm!
So, here's the thing, my mom got me this light projector at a store because I was wanting to sketch out some kind of cool mural onto my son's bedroom wall. Star Wars, I believe. Which turned into dinosaurs and volcanos and then quickly was replaced in my head with a pirate theme and guess what? Still no mural.
But I digress.
Here is how we did it:
I printed off a letter onto a sheet of white paper and placed it under the light projector so that it would reflect on the wall. I eyeball a lot of things since I can detect almost anything that is out of place with my naked eye (it becomes second nature when you do graphic art for a living). I then had Jason get a laser level to check to see if the top flat sides of the W were at least level and low-and-behold, my naked eye didn't fail me (I wonder what would have happened if I had used a clothed eye?).
We then proceeded to use the projected image and a laser level for me to tape it off. The taping, honestly, took about 15 minutes tops.
Then we needed to put a primer over the top of the navy (I think this particular wall, since we moved here, has now had 10 coats of paint within the W!) and painted the same color white that we have on our ceilings and baseboards. Oh and forgive my shirtless husband, he thought it would be funny to pose. And he isn't naked, he had his knickers on, I just didn't think the world was prepared for THAT.
BUT, since it is considered art to us, we used a semi-gloss paint to make it have a nice, bright semi-glossy surface against the navy wall.
See the difference?
Here it is with the tape freshly removed. This is what it looks like at night.
I totally love this since you can really get a good idea for what it looks like, especially how the image reflects off our floors.
LOVE IT! The only thing that I want to do now is get rid of all the switch plates/plugs, etc. I think we are just going to paint them all navy so they blend in with the wall and the focal point will be the W instead of all the "noise" around it.
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