Painting stripes on your wall can be a daunting task. I promise you, it’s not very hard! I have tried several methods and found the easiest way to do it!
I started with this. I really love my dresser turned tv console
and I swear I have the PERFECT grey for me! Grey is a hard color to find the perfect shade but I lucked out here! I LOVE the paint color in my living room!
Step 1: When painting stripes on a wall, you’re going to first paint the wall a solid color. I did the entire room grey and wanted to add white stripes on one wall as an accent wall. I used Glidden’s Pebble Grey from Wal-Mart.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE the color!
Step 2: Next, comes measuring and taping! My goodness, this can be difficult but I figured out an amazing system to make this easier! I DID NOT use a laser leveler. I heard that it was a nightmare and honestly, I didn’t even want to try since I know others that didn’t have good luck with it.
I started at the top of my wall against the ceiling and measured 9″ down and used a sharpie (couldn’t find a pencil!) and made a tiny mark at 9″. Then, I scooted down about 6 inches and repeated this step all the way down the wall. I repeated this step all the way across the wall and then started on the next stripe down. I ended up with 5 white stripes and 5 grey stripes.
**NOTE** This method is only accurate if you do NOT have a slanted or vaulted ceiling! My ceiling is level to the ground so I was able to use the ceiling and baseboards as a guide.
I wrote a “w” for “white” on the wall so just to keep everything straight. I’m a labeler so this helped me stay on track.
Step 3: Next, I taped off the sides of the wall on the “white” labeled stripes to get a clean look against my other grey wall. If you are doing stripes on multiple or all of your walls this step isn’t necessary!
Step 4: Check your measurements, use a leveler (or your level iPhone app!) to make sure your stripes are nice and straight and level! Measure twice, Paint Once!
I used a popsicle stick to smooth out the bubbles in the tape. A credit card works well too! I just had a popsicle stick laying on the floor next to me thanks to my 2 year old ~ LOL!
Step 5: This is probably the BEST
tip I have ever heard! I read on Emily A. Clark
that her painter advised her to use a nearly dry paint brush (a dry brush with very little paint) to LIGHTLY coat the edges of your stripe where the painter’s tape is. I did this and let it dry and then used a Dollar Tree trim roller to roll the rest of the stripe and my lines came out AMAZINGLY straight. It did not bleed ANYWHERE! Boo to the yah!!!
Finally, when you’re done painting, you want to peel of the painter’s tape before it is totally dry. I get impatient and peel it off pretty much right away and I was BLOWN AWAY that my lines were perfect! No bleeding at all! It was amazing!
Not gonna lie, I LOVE IT! I was so proud of myself to do it while my hubby was at school! I ran out of paint and he brought me some more on his way home and helped me with the last little bit of painting! I could tell he was skeptical when I told him I was doing stripes on the wall but he said he really likes it! YAY!
One more time for kicks…
What do ya think!? Have you painted stripes?? Send me an email or leave a comment if you have any questions! I was really nervous to begin b/c I heard that it was super challenging but it really wasn’t! I couldn’t be happier with it!
Update: I painted stripes in my hallway, comparing two stripe painting methods! See which method is best here
Update: I’ve done a little redecorating and I love the stripes even more with the coral tv console. The white dresser turned tv stand now lives in my new craft studio.
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