The season unfortunately ended early for our Sharks and I found myself with a lot of free time on my hands. I also recently purchased a new home thanks to horribly depressed housing markets finally making it reasonable for me to become a home owner. At last, something I can thank W for. In this new home I found that I have more rooms than I know what to do with and thought, "well, I'm done picking on dumb internet posters for the season, I need do something around the house... I know, I'll make a Sharks themed game room!" And so, as a SoCal resident, I set off on my adventure to make an oasis of teal in a land of royalty and fowl.
My new home has 5 bedrooms. This is just stupid, considering only two people live in it and I'm doing my damnedest to keep it to that number. One of the rooms might as well be a shrine dedicated to my favorite team. Originally my idea was to paint the whole damn thing teal, top to bottom. I floated this notion across twitter to gauge how overwhelming people would find it and our own Matthew Taylor came up with a much much better idea. Matt said I should paint the walls white and have the stripe from the Sharks away sweater run across it. I thought this was an awesome idea, proving that while Matt may be the (former) worst writer on this blog, he's probably the best interior decorator we've had. I still wanted a teal wall, so I decided to mix my stupid idea with his much better one. I would paint one wall teal and have the home sweater stripe on it, and the rest would be Matt's idea, this would give me a good accent wall to really make the room stand out, without feeling like I'm under water when I sat in it.
Now that I had my plan I wandered off to Home Depot with my Burns sweater hoping to match the colors as best I could. It turns out that Glidden has official colors for nearly every sporting team out there, making it much easier to get the correct paint. With the paint in hand, I set off to make my new Sharks room, starting with painting all the walls white, and one of them teal:
A couple coats of paint later I was already very happy with the room. That teal wall looks great (the picture was taken at night and doesn't do it justice). If you're a Sharks fan you should have a wall like this somewhere, even if you don't have a game room!
Moving right along, it was time to get to work on the stripes. To do this I wanted the stripes to look right, so I took my Burns sweater and measured the stripe, measured each section of the stripe and then tripled it all to put it on the wall. Armed with nothing but a tape measure, yard stick and an iPhone equipped with a level app I set about marking the walls for tape. This basically involved pressing the yard stick against the wall, setting the phone on top of it to make sure it was level and tracing a line with a pencil. I worked my way around the room 3 feet at a time. It took 4 times around to get all of the lines I needed for the first set of tape:
For a day or so it felt like I was making a Canucks game room thanks to the painter's tape. The green tape is something called Frogtape, which does a better job at preventing bleeding than the standard blue tape. I got a little lucky at this point, the orange portion of the stripe turned out to be .75 inches thick after my math, and the blue painter's tape was exactly .75 inches thick. This would come in handy for the next phase of the project, but lets get to painting this first, shall we?
Now things were really starting to look great, but it was time to add that color that all of you without taste can not stand: orange. As I mentioned above, the blue tape strips were the exact width I needed, so I used Frogtape to tape either side of both strips of the the blue tape then peeled away the blue tape to prepare for the next phase:
Suddenly it felt like a Canucks room again!
At this point things were going great, I felt like I was going to be done in a day or two and, of course, things started to go wrong. First, and foremost, the damn Frogtape did not want to stick to the black paint. It seemed to go on fine at first, but then 30 minutes later it would be practically falling off... I ended up having to run around the room with a piece of plastic before painting a section to press the Frogtape firmly to the wall, hoping it would do it's job for the few minutes it takes the paint to set. Then the second problem came to light...
Orange paint doesn't cover at all. Every other paint I'd used so far in this project took two to three coats, max. The first coat of orange was practically translucent. A few days later, in between the fourth and fifth coat of orange paint, I was at Home Depot and asked them what the fuck was wrong with the tape and paint? They said they had no idea why the tape wasn't sticking and that with colors like orange you should paint a grey base coat first or it will take a lot of coats. Well, thanks for telling me that when I bought the paint assholes...
Anyway, a total of 7 coats of orange paint later I finally couldn't see the teal or white walls underneath anymore!
Holy shit that's a lot of orange, and the stripe feels like it's an eighth of an inch thick! But lets get that tape off and see how the final walls look:
There are a few spots that need some touch up, but frankly, I'm in love. I may sleep in there tonight to help me forget that the Kings are probably going to win the Stanley Cup.
It still needed something...
There we go, that really ties the room together. If you know what I mean.
Let me know what you think of my game room. I'll add more pictures at some point when I get the furniture in there in a week or so.
I finished the touch up instead of watching the Kings game and moved in most of the furniture. There is still a 46" Panasonic plasma that is destined for the room, but I have to wait for it's replacement to arrive for the main room before I'm allowed to confiscate it.
So, I have my couch, my entertainment center complete with soundbar, and two signed pucks (Jumbo and Pavs). As soon as the TV is in there I'll be ready to watch some Sharks games...
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