I’VE BEEN SPENDING a lot of time on a ladder recently. My mom doesn’t like it, but these spots ain’t gonna paint themselves! And chances of my husband painting them are slim. But I don’t blame him. This.project.took.FOR-EV-ER!
That, my friends, is the ceiling in the nursery. Remember when I told you that I painted the ceiling yellow for a nice contrast with the tranquil teal walls? Well, I didn’t stop there. I decided to paint itty-bitty polka dots all over the ceiling. My inspiration for this project was a gorgeous shot I came across on the website of Percy & Tara, the owners of Jersey Ice Cream Co. I did a photo shoot of their South Philly row house for Houzz.com a couple of months ago. Check that out here if you haven’t seen it!
I love how Percy & Tara’s polka dots add subtle depth in this shot, and I wanted to achieve something similar in baby Bates’s nursery.
I did this freehand of course.
Just kidding. I’m not THAT crazy. I used this stencil that I found on Etsy at The Stencil Closet.
The pattern was too tight for the look I wanted so I used every other dot in the stencil. See the difference in the photo below on the right.
I used the end of a mini roller sponge to apply the paint to the ceiling. I started in one corner of the room and worked my way out. When using a stencil like this you need to overlap the pattern slightly each time you add more paint in order to stay on track. I had to climb the step ladder two times for each set of dots I stenciled, once to tape the stencil in place and then again to stamp on the paint. I’m exhausted just writing about it. Overall, I estimate that this project took about 14 hours.
After the outside edges of the ceiling were finished, I called upon my handyman to install the crown molding. I painted the molding white before it was installed so the only painting I had to do after the fact was to touch up the seams and nail holes. This was a good move since I’m pretty much over being on a ladder and waking up with a sore neck.
The crisp white molding really does wonders to set off the yellow ceiling.
I think the little white dots add the perfect touch to the ceiling. I hope this baby appreciates all of my hard work and attention to detail!!!
What does everyone think? Was I crazy for undertaking this project or do you think the results were worth the effort?
I have been really busy in the nursery recently, so I’ll have more updates for you soon. Until next time!