Striped Accent walls are just SO cute! Today we’re going to show you how to paint stripes on a wall. This striped accent wall tutorial is an easy DIY project that gives you a major impact in any space! Painting Stripes on walls is easy and fun!
How to paint stripes on wall
This room was already painted with Glidden Pebble Grey. Grey is a hard color to find the perfect shade but I lucked out here! I LOVE the paint color in my living room!
Striped Accent Wall Project Materials
- Painter’s Tape
- Paint (I used Behr Swiss Coffee for my white and Glidden Pebble Grey for the grey paint colors)
- Quality paint brush – shop the BEST paint brush here
- tape measure
How to paint stripes on a wall
Step 1: Paint Base Coat
When painting stripes on walls, 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. This is the first step to painting stripes on a wall.
Step 2: Measure
Next, comes measuring! 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.
This method is only works 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. Check with a level before you start.
I started at the top of my wall against the ceiling and measured 9″ down and used 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.
PRO TIP: Label which color goes where. When you’re staring at the taped wall for a couple hours it can get distracting and you can lose track of which color goes where.
Step 3: Level
Use a level (a level that is 24 inches or longer is best!) and a pencil to lightly draw your horizontal stripes on the wall. Re-measure the spaces between your pencil stripes to be sure they are all even. Measure twice, Paint Once!
Step 4: Tape / Mask Sides
Tape your lines making sure that your tape is on the opposite side of where you will be painting. The width of the stripe is most important so make SURE you’re taping the correct side of the line.
PRO TIP: Use a popsicle stick or credit card to smooth any bubbles out of your tape and seal it to the wall.
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 5: Dry Brush
I used a nearly dry paint brush (a fresh, clean paint 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!
Step 6: Roll second coat of paint on the striped accent wall
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! 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!
What do you think!? Have you every thought you’d be painting stripes on walls?? When I’ve read other tutorials for how to paint stripes on a wall, I heard that it was difficult to challenging but painting stripes on walls definitely isn’t hard! I couldn’t be happier with my striped accent wall!
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