I feel really silly telling you how to paint striped walls! I mean, do people wonder about things like this like I do? Is it something that anyone else would want to know? As I look through decorating magazines I see a lot of walls with stripes these days and I often wondered what they used to get those lines so straight, what painters tape they used etc… So I asked my husband if he thought if anyone wonders how to paint stripes and would care to hear how I did it and he said, “Well, you asked me how to paint stripes…” Ok, and that is true! So, I’m hoping that maybe you too are wondering the same thing on how to start a project like this. So here it goes!
All the walls in our house are the same neutral color and I have been painting a room at a time to not overwhelm myself too much. I wasn’t sure what color I was wanting to paint this room for a while. One day though I was in Hobby Lobby and there was a section of yellow and gray items and I loved the look! That’s how I usually end up decorating. I see something that inspires me and I go with it. The above picture is of the wall before I painted. This room is looooooong and narrow and it was difficult to get a good picture. Below is a little bit better.
I chose Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore for the entire room and September Morning by Behr for the yellow stripes.
So to start I got a yard stick, pencil, level, a paint stick, and Frog Tape. I chose a paint stick because it was the width that I wanted my stripes. I have know idea why in the world I chose a paint stick. I used it to stir the paint, I liked the length, and decided that it would be just right for my stripes. I wanted them wide and this would do!
I started from the baseboard and worked up the wall. These are my steps:
Use the paint stick to measure the width from the baseboard up.
Mark you spot.
Put your yard stick on the dot.
Use a level on your yard stick to make sure it’s level and draw a straight line lightly on the wall using a pencil.
Continue this along the wall to make your whole first stripe.
Get your painters tape and either put the line at the bottom or the top of your tape.
If it’s at the bottom of your tape then the line of your next row of tape is going to have to be at the top of the tape. And if your line is at the top of your tape then the line on your next row will have to be at the bottom.
Notice the picture above and below. You will alternate this the whole way up the wall to ensure that your stripes are the same width.
Continue making stripes in pencil and tape. Your FUN is just beginning!! 😉
Below is a picture of my wall all taped up before painting the yellow. My stripes don’t look the same width right now and it’s deceiving, but I promise you it is.
Now, look what happened when I pulled off my Frog tape! I was devastated! When I bought the tape I had asked one of the workers at Home Depot and she told me that this was the tape to buy if you didn’t want any paint to bleed through. Well, it did what she said but as you can see below it also pulled off chunks of the gray paint as well. I looked back at the tape she gave me and it said in fine print that this tape was to be used on cement or brink…. uhhhhmmm that’s not what I used it for!! I’m sure I just picked up the wrong kind when I was there and that there is a different kind of Frog tape that is made for walls. I haven’t gone back to look. Poor girl that helped me at the time was super busy, and I should of looked into it better. Lessoned learned!! Make sure you are getting tape made for walls.
I almost quickly just repainted the whole wall because the task of going back over the whole wall to fix the splotches seemed awful at the time. I slept on it though and decided to see how hard it would be to touch up the wall, and it actually only took me a half hour if that and my wall looked great! The stripes in this room have really brightened up the fact that I spend WAY too much time in here washing, folding, and repeating. I’m loving this space and can’t wait to share what else I have done with this room!!
Have you ever painted stripes on a wall before? I’d love to hear about your experience and what colors you used.
Hope everyone has a terrific start to your week. 🙂