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Old 03-17-2010, 10:03 AM   #1
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Hi all,

My split level home has an entry way that goes up and down. The family room downstairs shares the wall with the entry way foyer, with a hand railing attached to the wall underneath the end of the ceiling downstairs.

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How do I paint a straight line where the wall areas meet? And would you do it right in the middle of the railing?

Thank you so much,
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Old 03-17-2010, 10:40 AM   #2
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Hi all,

My split level home has an entry way that goes up and down. The family room downstairs shares the wall with the entry way foyer, with a hand railing attached to the wall underneath the end of the ceiling downstairs.

Attached is a picture.

How do I paint a straight line where the wall areas meet? And would you do it right in the middle of the railing?

Thank you so much,
AxelF
I would go across to the molding at the ceiling height.

At my old house, I did it this way above the door.

To the left of the door was a hall way.
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Old 03-17-2010, 10:56 AM   #3
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I would go across to the molding at the ceiling height.
I'm not sure what you mean? Let me take another picture, below.

I am trying to paint the downstairs wall a different color than the foyer around the door and living room, but they share the wall to the right of the front door. Is this picture more clear? Not sure how to get a straight line if I start the downstairs room wall beneath the railing to top of downstairs ceiling of course. Thank you.
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Still need help on this one. Sorry, in the middle of it... :-)
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Old 03-17-2010, 12:35 PM   #5
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I assume you know about blue tape and how to " to get a staight line" !
I like to use some flat trim... It says I want to end this here...I didn't run out of paint on this wall.


Is the real question where to put it ?

You posted some good photos, but hard to get the big picture of the space clear in my head.

This is really up to you.

IMHO
You have some very nice leaded glass w/sidelite doors in the foyer.
This should be your focal point. I would try to balance the color on each
side of the door if possible. Transitioning color too close might make this
area busy, cut -up, and detract from the nice doors.

Your call! sorry if this didn't help.
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I assume you know about blue tape and how to " to get a staight line" !
I like to use some flat trim... It says I want to end this here...I didn't run out of paint on this wall.


Is the real question where to put it ?

You posted some good photos, but hard to get the big picture of the space clear in my head.


Your call! sorry if this didn't help.
Actually, it starts to help. I actually didn't know how to get a straight line until you mentioned the blue tape. ;-) I guess I would use a level and then paint left to right over the tape so none got under it? Question is really do I have to use the flat trim piece of wood to run along beneath the railing, or do I just paint the straight line. Not so much to say I didn't run out of paint, but to show where I think the family room begins and the foyer ends (at the railing). Better view, below. Thank you so much!
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Hoping for an answer to complete this job tomorrow. Thank you all!
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Thanks for the added photos.. much clearer now

BUT again IMHO your choice..

as you have very short wall space to the left of the door in the foyer.. I feel you could make that vertical line at the end of floor / ceiling line close to the door casing on the right side. This would be fairly striaght / and balanced with the door and a lot easier than working behind the stair parts.

You don't need to use the flat trim... we were doing this stuff before they had blue tape.

Trick with the tape is paint one wall color farther than you need...let dry well.. 24+hrs longer is better.. and hairdryer / heat gun.. apply tape .. paint second color..
let it gel dry..still a little moist .. then peel the tape...the idea is to not peel the paint off with the tape.

I don't have that problem when I use the flat trim.. (pre paint trim..easy to install straight..) slight touch up to cover nail heads.. done and straight.. trim gets lost on the wall... minor designed in bump. But, it may be oldfashion like me.

good luck... and remember it's only paint... you can try it a few ways until
you find what works best for you.
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Hi guys,

I thought it would be rude not to provide a finished picture of how I ended up doing it. I decided to paint a line from the middle of the railing to separate the family room wall from the foyer wall. I think both someone above and my sister recommended going straight across to the door from the family room ceiling and maybe adding some crown molding, but I like the way I did it and am happy with it.

If down the road too many people ask why I didn't just go all the way across, I can easily change it. :-)

Let me know what you think. And thank you again!

Axel
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Very Nice! To me, the way you painted, highlights the detail of the wall and railing. First thought was of how hard it must of been to cut in. It would appear that with sun light coming in around the door, its going to be less noticable, but if you choose to look closely, you'll see what a nice job you did on the painting.
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Looks great ! Thank you for the update!

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I would have fired the architect to begin with and avoided the whole mess

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