I’ve known for awhile that I wanted to do something with paint to make the entry way feel special. It’s too narrow to hang art, but it was feeling kinda boring just being solid painted wall. I loved the idea of a stencil, but the space is small, and a stencil could be too busy. Enter: tonal stripes!
I measured the wall from moulding to moulding, which is 96 inches. I wanted the top and bottom stripes to be the base color. If I did four tonal stripes, then each stripe is about 10 5/8 inches (96/(4+5) = 10.667). I cut some painters tape to envision it, but I didn’t like it.
So then I did the same calculation for five tonal stripes, which means each stripe is about 8 3/4 inches (96/(5+6) = 8.72). I loved the way it looked!
Four tonal stripes are marked on the left, with five tonal stripes on the right.
Ideally, I didn’t want the tonal stripe to be where the arch between the dining area and entryway is, and I didn’t want to have to rehang the mirror. Luckily, doing five tonal stripes fits this criteria!
Next up was finding a paint. I had picked up a metallic paint brochure from the paint store when I was looking at paint samples for my apartment, and thought I had found the perfect paint. I was wrong, so that paint went back to the store (it’s an off-the-shelf color).
I made my way to Michaels craft store and came back with this bounty.
I smeared some on the wall to see how it played with the wall color and lighting. The first smear is the aforementioned paint that was already returned.
I also paid attention to how shiny the paint was. I wanted something with a little shine, but not too much. I believe the walls of my apartment were originally semi-gloss, and given that they aren’t smooth, the shinier the paint, the more the imperfections are called out.
So which did I go with?
Premium Matte Metallic Acrylic Paint By Craft Smart in Pearl! It’s the third one from the left in the paint line up, and the fourth smear from the left on the wall. I liked the color the best, and I also liked that it had a glow to it, instead of a bright shine.
Yes, it seems a little strange to buy wall paint by the 2 oz bottle, but cost-wise, it’s cheaper per ounce than the larger bottle of metallic paint from the paint store. Plus, Michaels always has coupons, which reduces the cost even more.
Now I just have to hope Michaels doesn’t think it’s weird that I’m ordering a million bottles of the stuff!