Tuesday, February 21, 2012

How to paint train tracks in a nursery

Baby MacchiOTTo will be arriving in a few weeks and our Nursery is starting to come together quite nicely.  As you'll recall we want the gender of the baby to be a surprise so we are going with a black and gold themed nursery in honor of our alma mater Purdue.  Since Ott, E and I met at Purdue and we used a photo of us at Purdue to announce our pregnancy to family and friends; I figured we would stick with that theme; and get this 4th generation Boilermaker started off on the right foot.

I'll be showing you the nursery in phases and the first part I'm going to show off is how I painted train tracks on one wall of the nursery. This will be the main wall where the crib sits. And as you can see in the pictures below we have a Purdue border running around the top of the room in gold and black.
To start off I used painters tape to tape 4 horizontal lines.  These would become the rails of the track and would be painted in gold.  I used a yard stick and a level and a pencil to mark where the tape should go and then placed my tape on the walls.  I then painted the gold color in between the lines where the track would be.

After letting this dry for a day I pulled off the tape and started to measure and tape for the railroad ties which would run vertically.  Again I used a yard stick, level and a pencil to ensure my lines were even and straight.  I did a lot of extra measuring to ensure all my lines were just the way I wanted them.  (A measure twice; paint once kind of mentality.)
Then I painted the railroad ties black in betweeen the tape.  I did use a small paint brush and painted freehand up to the gold rail paint because I didn't want to tape over what I had previously painted.  It took a little bit of extra time but was easy to do as the gold line was already straight so it kept my lines really nice looking.
After it was completely dry I pulled off the tape.  (I'll admit there were a couple of places where the black paint did run under the tape, so I took the almond paint color that the wall was and just touched up a few spots.  That didn't take too much time and kept my lines looking nice and straight.
When I was done with the track Ott, E came in to look at it and asked if I was going to do railroad spikes???  I hadn't really planned on it; as I just wanted to simple train track.  Then I got to thinking; if I do spikes I'll have to do a plate and it started to snowball from there.  So for right now it is just a track.  (We'll see if I tackle the spikes or not.) 

Next week I'll show off the stencils, decorations and then the baby furniture.  All of which will be black and gold and I won't be content until you walk into our nursey and feel compelled to sing Hail Purdue!!!

This post was linked to:  Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch, Made by You Mondays on Skip to my Lou, Tip Tuesday on Tip Junkie, Power of Paint @ Domestically Speaking, I'm Lovin' It on Tidy Mom, and Inspiration Friday on At the Picket Fence. 


Angela said...

Totally adorable! I love it. I am due in a few weeks as well, and can't wait to put the finishing touches on the nursery.

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Oh so cute! It will be fun to see how the rest of the nursery continues to evolve :o)

Blessings & Aloha!
I'm stopping by from Susan's Metamorphosis Monday. I'd love if you get a chance to stop by and take a peek at our daughter's work in progress for their nursery :o)

Laura said...

So cool that you're doing the Boiler-themed nursery! My hubby and I talked about it, as I worked there and he's a grad ... we decided against it, mainly b/c it's very hard to find PU things out here in Missouri! ;) But, I absolutely love it and can't wait to see the finished nursery ... and I'll sing Hail Purdue for ya! :)