We started taping it off on Thursday night, thinking it was such a small area that it wouldn't take much time at all....boy were we wrong! It took forever for my husband and I to figure out what size we wanted our stripes and as always he was being too technical (in my opinion) and I was getting frustrated over the whole thing. We decided to go with 7 3/4" stripes so the first stripe would hit just above the door frames and making the taping job less hectic (we planned to keep the first stripe the original wall color...therefore no taping the ceilings or above the door frames). Needless to say we didn't finish taping the first night and finished it up on Friday, with plans to paint the next day. We learned some things along the way though....
Lesson #1: Laser levels work, but result in a lot more frustration. Just stick the thing in the wall! We didn't want the pin holes in the wall, so I made George hold it up and he kept moving the line around and fussing over how long it was taking for me to put up the tape...major hand cramping involved!
Lesson #2: Taping horizontal stripes is not necessarily good for your marriage. Between our banter back in forth over my taping technique, his cramped hand, and one good meltdown by me, we may not need to paint anymore stripes in our house ;)
Lesson #3: All the time and frustration is well worth it! Yes - it takes the people on those design shows only minutes to throw up tape for stripes and other geometrical patterns, but believe me that is definitely edited TV!